Five Towns Academy Staff
Abby Evans - Drama
Abby has been a member of Five Towns Theatre for 6 years and is currently in her 3rd year at Staffordshire university studying for a BA Hons degree in Theatre Arts. Abby currently runs our drama group Superstars for children with Autism and Autism related disorders. She plans to one day make teaching drama her full time job.
As well as performing and leading workshops Abby is budding Director with a keen eye for detail.
She enjoys working with the Academy students and seeing them progress as performers and individuals.
Ed Costello - Dance
Ed trained at the Academy for Theatre Arts graduating in 2013.
Since graduating Ed has continued to train in dance attending classes in both Stoke and London.
Ed continues to audition for shows both amateur and professional.
He is soon to be qualified to teach the BBO dance syllabus.
Ed says that there is nothing better than seeing kids enjoying and expressing themselves on stage and hopes that the Five Towns Academy will allow students to progress on to vocational training in the industry.Ed has choreographed many shows including The Wedding Singer, Into the Woods, Ghost to name a just a few.He has performed in many musicals in principal roles, ensemble and dance captain roles, these include Fame (Magna Cater Arts Centre - Staines ), RENT (Manga Carter Arts Centre - Staines), High School Musical (Mitchell Arts Centre), Bad Girls (Stoke Rep), Beauty and the Beast (Rugely Rose Theatre).
Molly Joynson - Music
Molly studied in Liverpool at The Jennifer Ellison Fame Academy and subsequently went on to further her Musical Theatre training at The Jill Clewes Academy for Theatre Arts, graduating in 2016 with a Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts. She now specialises in Classical Singing and Opera and continues to attend private singing lessons. Molly hopes to continue her training at one of the UK’s leading Conservatoires in 2020.
Molly has performed in a number of Five Town’s Musicals in both Company and Principle roles, the most recent being The Phantom of the Opera and Sweeney Todd.
Molly has a huge passion for music which she enjoys to share with the Academy students. She believes you never stop learning and it is a joy to watch young individuals develop in both skill and confidence through music.
Keith Ragdale - Administration / Summer School Musical Director
Keith has over 25 years of experience within the performing arts industry.
He has musically directed dozens of shows within the Staffordshire and Cheshire area. He is also an accomplished sound and lighting designer as well as having a flair for set design.
Keith has a Higher Diploma in Performing Arts.
In 2002 Keith was one of the founding members of Five Towns Theatre and has used his passion to drive the company forward. Keith enjoys seeing cast members and students excel in the performing arts industry and has had the pleasure of seeing many of his cast members go on to a career in London's West End and professional touring productions. Keith is looking forward to seeing the Academy help people grow in confidence and develop their love for theatre arts. Locally Keith has appeared in musicals including Half a Sixpence, Smike and My Fair Lady. He has directed/musically directed Into the Woods, The Wedding Singer, Godspell, Ghost, Footloose, Grease, High school musical , Little Shop of Horrors to name a few.