The Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School prides itself on the calibre of its teaching staff. The majority of our teachers are from high-profile performing arts backgrounds, as well as having a fabulous rapport with young people.

We are not a franchise, and all our teachers work as a team across the drama school branches and under the same Principal, Anna Fiorentini. There is constant communication between the teaching staff, the part-time receptionists, and the full-time office staff.

The drama school staff works every week to ensure consistency for students. Occasionally, however, guests will lead workshops and master classes. This provides an opportunity for students to meet a variety of people from the industry and experience their different ways of working.

The principal, Anna Fiorentini, takes an active role in visiting each drama school, making sure staff and students develop a good rapport.

Head Office Staff

Anna Fiorentini – Founder and Principal

Favourite film: Some Like it Hot
Favourite musical: My Fair Lady
Karaoke song: Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler

Anna is a trained actress and still loves to tread the boards. She set up the first branch of the Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School in 2001 and encouraged some of the top leading industry professionals to join her and give something back to the community. As a child there was no professional training in Hackney, where she grew up which meant she had to travel quite some distance to get the training that she felt every young person deserves.

As the school’s reputation has grown Anna has since set up multiple branches across the Capital. It has been important to Anna to provide so much more than the average part-time drama school. Therefore apart from weekly performing arts classes she has implemented many in-house competitions, LAMDA qualifications, a Young Ambassadors programme and an annual Oscar night.

Anna also produces shows at prestigious theatres including the Hackney Empire. In 2011 she set up the charitable arm of the school, The Fiorentini Foundation [registered charity no. 1140414] which has helped many children attend the school. In November 2012, Anna won the award for Inspirational Leader / Business Person for the Camden and Islington Business Awards. Anna is blessed to have an amazing staff team many of whom have been with her right from the beginning.

Rhiannon Mosson (She/Her) – Agent & Company Manager, Head Office

Favourite film: Grease 2
Favourite musical: Rent
Karaoke song: Jolene by Dolly Parton

After attending drama school as a child and performing professionally throughout this time, Rhiannon went on to study Performing Arts at London Metropolitan University gaining a 2:1. After continuing her career as a performer she went on to work for a talent agency in the West End starting to build working relationships with Casting Directors and industry professionals, most of whom she still works with today.

Rhiannon started at the Anna Fiorentini drama school in 2008 and since then has worked with hundreds of young people from across the Capital, both at the schools and through nurturing their careers in the industry. In 2018 she was shortlisted for the People’s Choice Award at the ArtKickers Awards, celebrating the unsung heroes of East London’s art scene . In 2019 Rhiannon was a BAFTA juror at the Children’s BAFTAs.

Rhiannon feels very passionate about giving these young people opportunities in the industry whilst maintaining a caring relationship with them and their families. She is so proud of every single student she has crossed paths with and is constantly inspired by their character, talent and sense of humour!

Davinia Powell (She/Her) – Stage & the City Manager, Head Office

Favourite film: Streets of the Bronx
Favourite musical: West Side Story/Hamilton
Karaoke song: Valerie by Amy Winehouse

Davinia Powell graduated from Roehampton University with a degree in Drama Theatre and Performance Studies. Since then she has had various admin roles and does regular voice over work. She is passionate about the arts and the importance of it in children’s lives. She is also a member of Stage and the City’s Musical Theatre Troupe.

Amy McDonald (She/They) – School Administrator, Head Office

Favourite Film: Coraline
Favourite Musical: Book of Mormon
Karaoke song: It’s All Coming Back To Me Now – Celine Dion

Amy graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a degree in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education, in which she has worked with young people in theatre across various parts of London. Amy, originally from Glasgow, decided to move to London in 2020 to pursue her passion for theatre and use her skills within many communities. Amy has done lots of amateur theatre performances for many years, and loves to sing loudly to musical theatre soundtracks! She believes in the use of theatre techniques for young people’s wellbeing and growth of confidence and creativity!


  • Claire Amias

    Claire, one of our drama teachers, trained at RADA and Bretton Hall. She has worked extensively on stage and screen, and brings this knowledge to her workshops.

    On screen Claire has played main supporting roles in numerous feature films including Mabel Smith in Borley Rectory (alongside Reece Shearsmith), Ms. Conrad in Telling Lies (alongside Jason Flemyng and Melanie Brown), the Young Nurse in Provoked (which starred Miranda Richardson and Robbie Coltrane), and Beattie in The Magic Hour. Stage roles have included Mags in Handbagged and Sheila in Relatively Speaking at Windsor Theatre Royal and on tour, and Maggie in Hobson’s Choice and Liz Essendine in Present Laughter at Chesterfield Pomegranate Theatre all for Paul Taylor-Mills. Also she has performed in several No 1 Tours – Funny Peculiar for Bill Kenwright and Handbagged for Eleanor Lloyd Prods.

    Claire has taught Acting for Screen at stage schools and as a private acting coach. She has worked one-on-one with young actors starting out on their first professional feature film or TV role, and with groups of children who are wanting to learn a new skill for fun. She has led acting workshops for the Ambassador Theatre Group on numerous workshops attached to West End Shows, and she has also led acting workshops for the Donmar Warehouse along-side the Phylida Lloyd all-female production of Julius Caesar which starred Harriet Walter and Frances Barber.

  • Rebecca Dyer

    Rebecca is a musical theatre performer and teacher who studied at Bird College where she achieved a First Class Honours Degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. Rebecca has performed professionally since the age of seven, her credits include Molly in the UK & International tour of Annie, Tinker Bell in the pantomime Peter Pan (Lincoln Drill Hall), Ensemble/cover Grimalkin & Fairy in the pantomime Beauty & the Beast (Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre), Clone in Elton John’s Bennie & the Jets music video. Other appearances include commercials, TV shows for ITV & Paramount+. Rebecca’s choreography credits include Chess & The Phantom of the Opera (Lincoln Drill Hall).

  • Molly Clark

    After spending the last two years travelling round the world, Molly has returned to teaching and she couldn’t be more excited. Molly trained at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and has an extensive background in Musical Theatre & Acting. She has been teaching since 2017 and has a love for teaching the arts & sharing her passion with her students. Molly has taught for multiple schools in her career and she is so excited to join the team of Sydenham to learn all about this unique school and bring her fun and energy to class every week.

  • Maddy Anholt

    We were extremely fortunate to have had Maddy as part of our team. She made a massive impact on the school as a whole and our students as individuals. We are eternally grateful to have had Maddy in our world

    Maddy Anholt was a comedian, actress and writer. She has worked on a sitcom, Jerk for BBC Three, has appeared in Sunny D, BBC One, on ITV and Channel 5. She’s had four sell-out solo comedies at Underbelly, Gilded Balloon, Latitude Festival Main Stage and the Soho Theatre. She had her own comedy on BBC Radio 4, writes for Sketchtopia, BBC Radio 4, has amassed over 7 million views online for her sketches and has worked with Warner Bros, guests on ITV’s This Morning and was a regular on TalkRADIO co-hosting with Eamonn Holmes.

  • Nicholas Brittain

    Nick is a professional Musical Theatre Performer and Photographer, who works both on stage performing and off-stage advertising for productions and Actors. Nick has performed onboard Celebrity Cruises in Asia as well as Australia, French Polynesia, Hawaii and Hong Kong. Nick has performed in London in the award nominated production ‘The Hired Man’, multiple pantomimes (including being made dance captain for ‘Aladdin’ with Ann Widdicombe) as well as the play ‘The Crumple Zone’. Nick has just completed a successful run of ‘Me and My Girl’ in the Frinton Summer Season and works regularly with a Jersey Boys guest entertainer show on board cruise ships.

  • Michael Buffong

    Michael regularly directs for EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty and Coronation Street as well as for Regional Theatres such as The Royal Exchange Manchester.

    Michael has much experience teaching children and young adults the techniques needed for acting on camera / film-making.

  • Drew Williams

    Drew attended the Anna Fiorentini theatre and film school at the age of eight. She has just graduated from The Urdang Academy this year where she was the chairwoman for the Afro-Caribbean Society.
    Credits include: Sleeping Beauty pantomime, Ten Pieces: Connect it, Hey Girls: Seeing Red, A-Z of Modern Girlhood, The perfect body, Like Me.
  • Jack Holliday

    Jack Holliday is our Musical Director and one of our singing teachers. Since graduating he has been involved in the production of over 60 theatrical productions, either on stage or off.  He started his career in musical theatre, performing in shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss Saigon and Into the Woods; taking him all across the country until an injury to his shoulder made this difficult. He attained his educational degree, and has now been a professional Musical Director for a number of years, directing big-name performances such as Singing in the Rain, Legally Blonde, Grease, and Fame! He was Musical Director for NYT for 3 years while running a children’s musical theatre company.

  • Emma Keele

    Emma trained at LAMDA and the Stella Adler Studio (NY)

    Recent theatre credits include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre – International Tour), Abigail’s Party (40th Anniversary Production, UK No.1 Tour) The End of the Line and A Bunch of Amateurs (both Southwold Summer Repertory), Yen (Gothenburg English Studio Theatre), April in Paris (UK No.1 tour), September in the Rain (UK No.1  Tour), Phaedra’s Love (Arcola Theatre), Torn Out Pages (Gilded Balloon for the Edinburgh Festival)

    TV and film credits include: Emmerdale (ITV), Silent Witness (BBC), Coronation Street (ITV), Downton Abbey (ITV), Doctors (BBC), New Tricks (BBC), Downhill (Feature), 22. Anna Matthews (Short), Jo (Short) – for which Emma won the Bazza Film Festival Best Actress `Award in 2018.

    Emma also founded and runs Reduced Circumstances, a theatre company committed to nurturing talent and developing new work.

  • Harveen Mann

    Harveen trained at The Royal Academy of Music, London. She graduated with distinction and DipRAM for excellence.

    Since graduating Harveen has played lead roles in a number of productions including Bend it like Beckham (West End), Privates On Parade (Theatre Royal, Brighton), The Thing About Tom directed by Stuart Wood, Election Idol, Ringside (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Poise The Musical, The Witches (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Cynthia’s Girls (Cambridge Corn Exchange), Peter Pan (The Park Theatre) and The Cereal Café (The Other Palace). She has recently returned from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock International and UK Tour.

    Workshops include Billionaire Boy by David Williams, directed by Luke Sheppard and the new writing season at the Curve Theatre, Birmingham Rep and Theatre Royal Stratford East. UK Tours include Britain’s Got Bhangra and Arrange That Marriage. Pantomime credits include: The Teapot in Beauty and The Beast and The Genie in Aladdin (The Cheltenham Everyman).

    Film and TV credits include work on Doctors, Brit Asia, The Discovery Channel Dispatches and BBC’s Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show. She has also been a backing vocalist for ITV’s X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.

  • Jacob Murray

    Jake, one of our drama teachers worked as the Associate Artsitic Director of the prestigious Royal Exchange Manchester from 2001 – 2008, before returning to freelance work. He has directed productions at the Tricycle Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, Nottingham Playhouse and in association with Bill Kenwright ltd.

    Jake has also taught for the National Theatre’s Education Department.

  • Matt Osborn

    Matt Osborn is an Anglo Australian actor originally from London, he has studied, trained, performed and taught in the UK, Czech Republic, Poland & Australia. Matt has been teaching at the Anna Fiorentini school since 2018.

  • Ericka Posadas

    Upon graduating, Ericka have experience in teaching – covering a variety of subjects in performing across different age groups. She is passionate about passing’s on her passion for the industry and the importance in development of creativity for her students.

    Stage credits include Sleeping Beauty/Princess Scarlett in Sleeping Beauty at Theatre Royal Stratford East (dir. Matthew Xia), Velma in West Side Story at The Royal Exchange, Manchester (dir. Sarah Frankcom), dancer and choreographer in In Motion Dance festival (dir. Alan Bradshaw), Frances in Butterfly at The London Vaults (dir. Sam Arbor), Emily Wilding-Davison in Dangerous Daughters (dir. Racky Plews), Jonty in Tess of the d’Urbervilles (dir. Tilly Vosbrugh).

    Screen credits include Jen in As You Know Me (Earls Court Short Film Festival), The Last Leg (ITV), presenter for Scouts videos, and international commercial for Playstation.

    Ericka’s passion for the arts & representation is in the heart of her work & she hopes to bring the same excitement and joy that she finds in the industry to the classes she teaches.

  • Mark Short

    Mark is one of our dance teachers/ choreographers. Mark has choreographed for many industry professionals including Liberty X, Tina Turner, Peter Andre and Ant and Dec.

  • Lucy Skillbeck

    Lucy, one of our drama teachers, has directed two of the Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School’s annual Hackney Empire Variety Performances. Lucy has also been an Associate / Resident Director on five West End & Broadway productions. She began as an association with the Really Useful Theatre Company as the Children’s Director on Whistle Down the Wind, then was Resident Director on Beautiful Game and Associate Director on Bombay Dreams, West End and Broadway. She has also been the UK Associate Director for Spring Awakening and was Associate Director on The Rose Tattoo at the National Theatre as well as Associate Director on The 39 Steps in London’s West End.

  • Troy Titus-Adams

    Troy Titus-Adams is an Actor, Producer and Drama Teacher. As an actor she is probably best known for her role as Nina Harris in EastEnders and Kim Davies in Family Affairs.

    She and her childhood friend, Director Dee Allen have a production company called Heavy Soul and have produced 4 short films. Troy’s debuted as a co-producer on the award winning short Simple! written and Directed by Michael Buffong. Heavy Soul are in Pre production for their first feature.

  • Jennifer Welch

    Jen started dancing, performing, teaching and choreographing from a very early age in styles such as jazz, street, tap and musical theatre. As an adult, Jen then went on to consolidate her training in contemporary, ballet and contemporary jazz at the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She has trained and worked with artists such as Rachel Lopez de Nieta, Rosemary Brandt, Hagit Yakira, Rosangela Silvestre and Tim Casson. Credits include T Mobile, BBC 2, Sadlers Wells, Richmix Festival, The Natural History Museum, plus many other dance festivals, theatre performances and private events across London. With over 8 years teaching experience, her classes are filled with passion, precision and warm energy which creates a fun and engaging atmosphere for students of all levels.

  • Aaron Wingrove-Littman

    Aaron Wingrove-Littman is a London based dancer and choreographer that spent 3 years in Disneyland Paris performing for their various shows and parades. Upon his return he has been involved in multiple music videos both in front and behind the camera. He has also performed on multiple cruise ships around the Baltic sea and on stage at some of London’s big events such as London Pride and Move It dance exhibition. He has also spent time touring Egypt teaching his own brand of of Hip Hop in studios around Cairo.

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