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.
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 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).
Acting Tutor Sheffield
Acting Four, Five and Six and Adults
Ellie is a graduate from The Central School of Speech and Drama, obtaining a BA Honours degree in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education. Since then she has gone on to lead many performances and programmes within the Applied Theatre field. In 2012 Ellie was the assistant director to Second Shot Productions in their development of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival performance of Glory Dazed – winner of The Old Vic New Voices Edinburgh Season.
She continues to work alongside non-actors using theatre as a platform for expression, providing Applied Theatre projects to a variety of groups from ex-offenders and marginalised communities to schools and theatre students. Ellie is also the co-founder of The Larval Project which provides creative intervention programmes for disadvantaged young people.
Acting Tutor Sheffield
Lamda, Acting Three and One to Ones
Sarah Spencer is a professionally trained actress and has been working for Carney Academy for a number of years now. Teaching, assistant directing the summer schools and directing performances within term time of Carney Academy. Out of Carney Academy, Sarah has directed many other theatrical productions around South Yorkshire
Callum has been working in the profession for twelve years. Having trained in Manchester, he has gone on to work in all areas of the business but with a heavy focus on theatre.
Callum’s theatrical CV is wide ranging and varied, from national number one tours (Girl’s Night Out, The Snow Queen, Pinnochio), eight different pantomimes around the country, three tours of the Middle East with modern comedies, to provisional theatre work including ‘The Twits’ and appearing alongside the late great Pete Postlethwaite in The Tempest at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre. He has many Shakespeare credits to his name, roles include Macduff, Macbeth, Tybalt and Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing.
Callum has a number of TV credits including Queer As Folk, Fat Friends, The Marchioness Disaster, Crimewatch and more recently he played Robert Dudley in The Mystery Files in an episode about his life.
Callum is a professional fight choreographer and teacher as well as having a number of theatre directing credits. He works prolifically on the street theatre scene throughout the year, as well as running his own theatre company mainly producing outdoor summer Shakespeare.
Julie Higginson trained at Rose Bruford College and began her acting career on the London fringe in A Gentlemen’s Agreement at Upstream Theatre Club. With over 35 years of acting experience since, she has played in theatres up and down the country. Theatre work includes: Landlady in Two, Marie Hoff in The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice, Yvonne in Perfect Pitch, Caz in Sold and Janice in Wild Boyz (Hull Truck/UK tours), Anne Bronte in Jane Eyre (WYP), Lottie Grady in When We Are Married (WYP/Liverpool Playhouse), Martha in Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf (Northen Lights), Janet in Modelling Spitfires (New End Hampsted) and Losing Louis (Trafalgar Studios, Westend).
TV credits include a long stint on Emmerdale, also Coronation Street, Red Dwarf, Heartbeat, Doctors, A Touch Of Frost, Holby City, Street Life.
She has also worked extensively in radio comedy and drama for BBC Cardiff and BBC Manchester as well as voicing many children’s cartoons.