Our Team

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 all 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 Principle, Anna Fiorentini. There is constant communication between the teaching staff, the part-time receptionists and the full time office staff.

The drama school staff work every week to ensure consistency for students. Occasionally, however, invited 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.

In the office Monday to Friday we have the vibrant Rhiannon Mosson, our Agent & Company Manager, joined us from a West End agency in 2008 and has successfully secured contracts for our students in many prestigious TV, Film and Theatre jobs. Alongside her we have Davinia Powell our Arts Administrator who is always more than happy to discuss any of your queries.

  • Anna Fiorentini

    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 and The Shaw Theatre. 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

    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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Mark Short

    Mark, the drama school Deputy Head, is also one of our dance teachers/ choreographers. Mark has choreographed for many industry professionals including Liberty X, Tina Turner, Peter Andre and Ant n’ Dec.

  • Charlotte Early

    Charlotte trained in Drama through Performance Art at Brighton University and then went on to extra studies in Advanced Musical Theatre. She has since performed in a range of Plays and Musicals in London and has 5 years teaching experience specialising in Performing Arts. Aside from teaching, Charlotte runs a theatre company, bringing lesser known plays and musicals to London. Charlotte believes it is vital to engage children with performing arts to help with essential skills such as confidence building, developing social skills and of course to have bags of fun!

  • 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.

  • Harrison Rose

    Harrison first studied Contemporary Performance at the University of Wales (graduating with a first) before going on to the Royal Central School of Speech of Drama’s MA acting program in 2015 (graduating with a distinction). Since then Harrison has performed on UK Tours, on the West End and Internationally, most recently completing a season of Shakespeare – performing as Hamlet – ‘Step forward Harrison Rose, a young powerhouse of an actor who astounded as the eponymous anti-hero…’ – Petersfield Post. Harrison is also a Playwright who has written for multiple scratch nights before his debut full-length play (Fox) was programmed at The Old Red Lion Theatre in London in 2017 – ‘Rose’s script plants all the seeds.’ – WhatsOnStage. Harrison is also a passionate acting coach and workshop facilitator who has developed a teaching process which draws on skills he has learnt using both Katie Mitchell and Stanislavski’s approach to acting.

  • 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 Pinky, Mrs Chopra, Auntie and Understudy Mum in ‘Bend it like Beckham'(West End) Sylvia Morgan in ‘Privates On Parade’ (Theatre Royal, Brighton),Sudha in ‘The Thing About Tom’ directed by Stuart Wood, and Shilpa Shetty in ‘Election Idol’, A Bride in ‘Ringside’(Birmingham Repertory Theatre) and Wendy in ‘Poise The Musical’. She recently finished on a musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “The Witches” directed by Nikolai Foster at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Meena in “Cynthia’s Girls” produced by Paul Nicholas at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. Tiger Lily and Tootles in ‘Peter Pan’ at The Park Theatre and Salma in ‘The Cereal Cafe’ at The Other Palace Theatre.

    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 ‘Britains Got Bhangra’ and ‘Arrange That Marriage’. Pantomime credits include: The Teapot in ‘Beauty and The Beast’ and The Genie in ‘Aladdin’ at The Cheltenham Everyman.

    Film and TV credits include work on Doctors (Ambur Chahan) Brit Asia(presenter), The Discovery Channel (driver), Dispaches (featured artist) and BBC’s Lee Nelsons Well Good Show (mother to be) ITV Central News (Tourist). She has also been a backing vocalist for ITV’s X factor and Britain’s Got Talent.

  • 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.

  • Keiran Curtin

    Kieran started dancing at the Royal Ballet School at the age of 8 years and went on into full time vocational ballet training. At 15 years old Kieran joined the Urdang Academy on a 4 year professional training programme which he will finish this year.

    With a varied performance portfolio Kieran has performed in six different productions at the Royal Opera House with the Royal Ballet Company, Robin In the Secret Garden at The Peacock Theatre, Rose Prince in the Nutcracker at the Bloomsbury Theatre and more recently at the Shaw theatre, Hackney Empire, Can You Dance and in STRIKE at Move IT for Urdang Academy.

    Kieran’s dance passions are varied and as well as being a development gymnast he has won medals at UDO Streetdance finals in Glasgow and other Street Dance competitions. Enjoying a wide variety of styles he aims to have a varied but fulfilled teaching and performing career to add to his existing credits.

  • 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.

  • Maddy Anholt

    Maddy Anholt is a comedian, actress and writer. She has just finished filming 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 is a regular on TalkRADIO co-hosting with Eamonn Holmes.

  • Christina Anderson

    Christina studied In 2012, a BA (hons) in Drama and Performance Studies, at London South Bank University. Followed by a MA in Drama and Movement Therapy (Sesame) at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. Christina also done her PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning and is now a Visiting Lecturer at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London and a Consultant Therapist at Frank Belford, looking at ways to explore challenges within the corporate industry, creating a unique approach using dramatherapy. The programme helps organisations reduce the amount of employee turnover and feel more secure about change. Christina Anderson also joined the organisation Khulisa as a freelance facilitator in October 2018, delivering programmes in PRUs, Schools and Prisons across London and Manchester. Christina is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an Arts Therapist as well as the British Association of Dramatherapist (BADth). Christina has also written a chapter in the book “Talk Yourself Better: A Confused Person’s Guide to Therapy, Counselling and Self-Help”.

  • 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.

  • Pernilla Holland

    Credits include National Theatre, BBC, Comic Relief and Soho Theatre.
    Pernilla is a comedian and actor from Norway. Recently filmed Board Exam which won best short at Sunderlands Short film festival.

  • Roxanne Sarah

    Roxanne trained at the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and has also been part of the Identity School of Acting in London.

    She has performed in various plays and worked in London, Madrid, Paris and Rome with Maestro John Strasberg, where she discovered the Organic Creative Process and the Natural Laws of Creativity.

    She has also taken part in theatre productions off-stage, where she enjoyed the production and coaching aspects. She has a strong interest in teaching students using different creative tools and coaching artists to reach their full potential.

    Aside from her passion working with children and young adults using the arts and theatre, Roxanne loves learning about different cultures and languages and speaks fluent English, French and Italian.’

  • 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.

  • Jessica Gerger

    Jessica, one of our drama teachers, has worked extensively in Film, TV and Theatre.

    She comes from an Opera/Theatre family and is a third generation performer. Since the age of twelve she has worked professionally in Australia, Austria and the UK.

    Jessica has also produced three critically acclaimed shows on the London Fringe, including her solo show, which in 2008 she took to comedy festivals around the globe. Since 2005 she has also performed in, and helped to produce the West End smash hit The Vegemite Tales.

    She has lots of experience working with children and finds it inspiring and a lot of fun!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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