Cheshire Tutors

Carney Academy is pleased to offer classes from a variety of tutors with a broad range of professional experience in theatre, television, film and education.

All Carney Academy tutors are DBS checked.

Samantha_Robinson_newSamantha Robinson
Associate Director Carney Academy

Samantha trained at Rose Bruford College where she won the Laurence Olivier Bursary award. She was most recently seen on ITV in Cilla starring Sheridan Smith.

Samantha has been directed by Ruth Carney-Nash numerous times, most recently in Order Directed by Ruth Carney-Nash.

She played Ines in the Bath theatre Royals ‘The Phoenix Of Madrid’, directed by Laurence Boswell. She played Miranda in the Royal Exchange Theatres production of The Tempest alongside Pete Postlethwaite. Additional theatre credits include:Dead Heavy Fantastic (Liverpool Everyman) Three Sisters On Hope Street (Hampstead Theatre) The House Of Bernada Alba, (Nuffield Theatre) The Laramie Project (Sound Theatre, Leicester Square); The Lemon Princess (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Owl Service (Plymouth Theatre Royal); Untouchable (The Bush Theatre) and Song of the Western Man (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Her Television credits include: PC Natalie Cryer in Five Days (BBC) Laura in The Girls Who Came to Stay (Granada); Anna in Shameless (Channel Four); June Mahy in Island at War (Granada) and Lucy in Final Demand (BBC), Holby City,Doctors and Casualty. Film includes: Sixty Six (Working Title) and Jamaica Me Crazy (VBM Productions LTD).

Rob LinesRob Lines
Singing Tutor Cheshire

Rob trained as a performer at Arts Educational Schools, London. Since graduating he has worked in many areas of the industry as an Actor and Producer. As an actor Rob has worked on Sing For Your Supper (Edge Theatre), the European Premier of Steel Pier as Happy McGuire (Union Theatre), The Good, The Bat & The Ugly: Gotham M.C.U (Radio), The Machine (MIF/Donmar Warehouse/New York Park Ave Armory), The Picture of Dorian Grey as Henry Wotton (International Anthony Burgess Foundation), Medea as Jason (Library Theatre, Oldham) and more… Rob also works extensively as a Voice Over Artist.

Whilst training and since graduating, Rob has worked as a Singing Tutor and Performance Coach. He worked for Fresh Arts Theatre School, as Head of Singing and Music in Harlesden, teaching ages from 4-14, preparing students for shows, auditions and providing a strong understanding the of fundamentals singing.

Rob taught at Arts Educational Schools on the part-time courses as a Singing Tutor, teaching technical and repertoire classes at the Saturday Academy, drop in Musical Theatre classes and private lessons to the Foundation course students. Rob still works at ArtsEd as a Musical Director on the Create A Musical and the Musical Theatre Company courses at Easter and Summer.

Alongside this Rob works as a Freelance Tutor teaching private lessons around the North West. He has a 100% success rate of students getting into Drama Schools and Universities. Students have gone on to appear in Jersey Boys (West End), The Phantom of the Opera (West End), Matilda (West End), Godspell (Concert) and more. Other establishments Rob has taught/teaches at are PPA, Guildford (Performance Preparation Academy), The Academy For Theatre Arts, Stoke, and at Manchester Actors Platform teaching Acting Through Song workshops and Masterclasses.

CassandraCassandra John-Baptiste
Acting Tutor Cheshire

Cassandra is a professional actor, singer and facilitator, who has worked with a variety of companies and artists. During her training she gained a supernumerary role as an actor/singer/deviser in Miss Julie at the Royal Exchange, Manchester and after graduating spent a season with Ribcaged Productions working as a performer, deviser and workshop leader (Jean Rice – The Entertainer, Lady Macbeth – Macbeth and Various – Dealt) for their performances at The Grand, Clitheroe. Since then she has performed around the country on a wide range of projects, including: a selection of short historical plays written by Nick Wood for Lincoln Castle; working alongside the members of Xtrax Community Hub, Hastings, for Root Experience’s Shout project; Arts Council Portfolio Company, Zendeh’s character development laboratory and industry performances for their one women show Cinema and performing new writing for 24/7 Theatre Festival’s Distant Sounds.

Having a passion for classical theatre, Cassandra focused on Renaissance Drama for her degree at the University of Manchester, she is accustomed to reading and analysing texts from this period and is experienced in adapting Shakespeare for young performers. A skilled writer, she won her place on the creative writing module of her degree and continues to write scripts for the young performers and theatre companies she works with.

With over fifteen years experience as a singer, Cassandra currently leads jazz ensembles for venues and private events. She incorporates singing and vocal exercises into her workshops and writes choral and a cappella pieces for devised youth theatre productions.

Briony FosterBriony Martin-Foster
Dance Teacher Cheshire

Briony is a highly experienced dance teacher working with children & young people aged 2-18 for the past 15 years.

She has a BA Hons in dance, is a qualified teacher and won Best Dance and Best Performance at the Bertarelli Foundation Creative Minds Festival 2013.

Briony uses her creative vision to manage annual arts festivals and dance events in Cheshire & Staffordshire helping children and young people to reach their creative potential through imaginative workshops and innovative performance ideas.

As a qualified Dance teacher Briony has had the privilege of working in a vast number of schools across Staffordshire and Cheshire to invigorate young people’s creativity in dance and performance.