Theatre College of Scotland prides itself on having top of the range industry professional faculty members, state of the art facilities and in-depth courses to make sure our graduates are well equipped and ready for industry.
PRINCIPAL & HEAD OF ACTING
Reece Donnelly, has been in the industry since the age of 6 securing a TV role with CBBC, it has been a constant journey since then working professionally on projects like:
Carrie & Davids Popshop(CBBC), Waterloo Road (BBC), Citizens Theatre, Pavilion Theatre, Happy Days UK Tour (Scottish Leg), T-Mobile (Commercial) - Reece also has a background as a voice over artist for clients such as NHS & Nickelodeon.
In addition, Reece’s work as an actor has seen him do various community drama projects with the organisations such as Barlinne Prison in partnership with The Citizens Theatre and Kibble Secure Centre in partnership with West College Scotland.
Reece obtained a BA(Hons) in Drama from the University of Sunderland - he was awarded the James McAvoy scholarship at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2014 . However, the passion for Reece was in teaching, directing and growing new talent in Scotland.
The balance between professional training and having fun is something which is mastered completely at Theatre School of Scotland. Furthermore, Reece is also a successful director and senior talent agent of sister companyKR Management. In recent years Reece has taken students and clients from acting beginners to landing lead roles on BBC, CBBC and Netflix and many more.
SQA COORDINATOR & HEAD OF SINGING
Charlotte is originally from Glasgow and has been a professional performer and educator for over 10 years. She holds a BA (hons) Degree in Theatre from Guildford School of Acting and a Post Graduate Diploma in Musical Theatre from the Royal Academy of Music and is also a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music specialising in teaching musical theatre voice.
Charlotte’s performance credits include multiple contracts with Royal Caribbean cruise lines, Soloist, BBC Radio 2 Friday night is music night, Petra “A little night music”, musical, Momma, “Little me”, musical, Actress, Secrets of Selfridges, PBS Television, Dick, Dick Whittington, pantomime 2016 &’17, Killer Queen, “We Will Rock You”, musical 2015 &’18, Wicked Stepsister, “Cinderella”, pantomime 2021.
Alongside her performing career, Charlotte has always had a passion for teaching. Between touring and performing she has often taken on teaching within stage schools, one-to-one private tuition, and guest lecturing for performing arts colleges. Additionally, she is experienced in choreographing, and directing full scale concerts and musicals. Charlotte spent the last two years teaching performing arts in Dubai where she developed and launched the first BTEC in Performing Arts in the region.
Charlotte is delighted to be joining the team at TCOS and is looking forward to sharing her passion for the performing arts with our talented students.
HEAD OF DANCE
Stephanie started her training in Glasgow at Robert Hamilton’s Dancepoint before moving to London to further her training at The Urdang Academy after being awarded the Leonie Urdang Scholarship.
Since graduating Stephanie has performed on tv productions, events & shows in the UK, Europe, Asia & most recently the Middle East with Dance It Out Dubai. Stephanie has travelled the world extensively as a dancer & aerialist with Celebrity Cruises on several long term contracts.
Her credits include BBC Children in Need, Barnardos, JCB World Trade Show, Celebrity Cruises, Fiba 3x3.
As well as performing, Stephanie has a passion for teaching, with 10 years experience, she was principal of her own studio London Base for 7 years.
Stephanie is currently enjoying being back in Glasgow teaching Musical Theatre students around Glasgow where she can pass own her knowledge & experience to the pupils.
Steve Lauder-Russell is a theatre-maker, facilitator and actor as well as the Artistic Director of Glasgow Acting Academy SCIO (GAA).
Working with a range of organisations, Steve has directed musical theatre and plays, with notable credits including Shakespeare's ‘Romeo & Juliet’, ‘Carrie the Musical’, ‘Beats’ by Kieran Hurley and ‘Chaos’ by Laura Lomas which reached the final stages of NT New Connections and was performed at the Dorfman Theatre, London.
With GAA, he has also led projects such as ‘The Pack’ in association with Wonder Fools Theatre Company and ‘Glasgow’, a spoken-word piece included in A Play, A Pie and A Pint’s PINTSIZEPLAYS project.
Out with GAA, Steve has taken on the role as director in bringing to life Connected Baby’s exciting new musical production of ‘The Little Iceberg’, which had a two-week run in Glasgow in early June and is heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2022.
As movement director, Steve has also worked with Glasgow Live Productions on their 2022 production of ‘Big Fish’ and co-directed ‘Don’t Worry’ as part of Creative Sparks’ community outreach project, raising awareness of adult isolation and loneliness.
As an actor, Steve looks forward to returning as the Dame in Hamilton Townhouse's Pantomime for his eighth consecutive year. He has also appeared in Cora Bissett's ‘Grit: the Martyn Bennett Story’ and toured internationally with acclaimed children’s musical, ‘Hairy Maclary and Friends’, playing lead vocalist, Sam Stone. An engaged LGBTQ+ activist, Steve has recently worked with the Terrence Higgins Trust, featuring in their social media campaign around gay men’s sexual health.
A visual thinker, Steve has a plethora of experience devising and choreographing physical theatre and is excited to work with the new students of Theatre College of Scotland as movement lecturer.
ACTING FOR TV LECTURER
Adam trained at the Drama Centre London and has enjoyed a successful career as an actor, producer, director and teacher.
TV work includes Outlander (Sony Pictures), Series Regular Dr Dan Hunter in BBC Scotland’s River City, Taggart The Movie (STV), Urban Gothic (Channel 4), Wire In The Blood (ITV), Casualty (BBC).
Film work includes Co-lead alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in Third Star, Dir Hattie Dalton. American Assassin (US) Dir Michael Cuesta. Perdition County, Dir Rapheal Combez
Adam will be working closely with the HNC students this term on their acting for camera skills sharing some of his wisdom form his years in the industry.
DAVID HAYMAN JUNIOR
ACTING FOR CAMERA LECTURER
David Hayman Junior is a film and television director working regularly on BBC’s River City.
David will be joining the college faculty to deliver the HNC Acting for Camera module this term. We are excited to be able to give our students to the opportunity to work with David gaining valuable industry experience
ACTING METHODS AND PRACTITIONERS LECTURER
Eilidh Loan graduated from the Guildford school of Acting and is an award-winning actor, writer, and director.
Eilidh has been working with HNC Acting and Performance students on acting methods and practitioners. We are grateful that Eilidh was able to take time out of her busy schedule to work with our students.
TAP AND JAZZ LECTURER
RAD Teaching Dip; RAD RTS; AISTD; AISTD CDE; ALCM
We are delighted to welcome Susan Moore to the permanent faculty at the Theatre College of Scotland. Susan will be leading Tap at the college along with delivering jazz classes.
Susan trained as both a performer and teacher at The Edinburgh Theatre School where she graduated with dance and teaching qualifications from The Royal Academy of Dance and The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. She has taught extensively in Glasgow and established herself as a teacher and lecturer training students on various professional dance and musical theatre courses in schools and colleges in Glasgow.
Susan’s choreography work includes pieces for pantomime, musicals, festivals and showcases.
The latest addition to Susan’s qualifications is The Certificate in Dance Education with The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and postgraduate certificate in further education. Susan is also a qualified teacher of MAE Technique having trained with master teacher Mary Adams and completed her certification in November 2018.
KATIE RUTHERFORD TAYLOR
IN HOUSE TALENT AGENT
Katie is the company manager of KR Management, a sister company to The Theatre School and Theatre College of Scotland. Reece and herself work constantly together to ensure kids are being represented fairly and being seen by casting directors throughout the UK and internationally.
Katie has trained in both Drama and Dance from a young age, as a teenager she trained at some of Scotland’s top institutions including RCS and then went onto achieve her BA Hons Drama and Dance from the University of Cumbria. Katie has experience throughout the industry as a young performer and has just recently finished her first Professional Musical Theatre Tour with a Scottish Production company as a 2017 Graduate.
Katie is extremely passionate about Scottish Children being opened to bigger opportunities in the industry, she is thrilled that KR Management and TCOS have joined to create a strong platform for the individuals we represent.
Holly trained in both Drama and Dance from a young age, and on leaving school went onto achieve her Bachelor of Arts with Hons. Acting from Northumbria University.
On finishing her studies, she spent several years as a successful event manager in the Events Industry where she managed and planned several of Scotland’s most prestigious Industry award events. Including running events for news outlets such as The Herald and Times group.
It’s this much needed level of expertise she brings to TSOS, with her role covering most things “back office” to ensure smooth running of our ever-growing operation Holly joined TSOS to fulfil the ambition of bringing her creative flair and operational expertise to the industry, with the aim of helping to create something special.
We think Holly is the perfect fit for us with her performance background, but crossing over her event management and operations side Holly will help run TCOS operations, admin and logistics.