Trudi Rees

Acting, Movement, Jazz

Trained originally in classical ballet and had a successful dance career before retraining as an actress at The Poor School,graduating in 1997.  

She has worked extensively in the West End , in Regional Theatre, Television and as a director at The Poor School for the last 18 years.

Recent productions include:- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,  Tom and Viv,  The Accrington Pals, The Lady from Dubuque.

Marcelle Davis

Movement, Dance, Animal Study

Marcelle has been Head of Movement at The Poor School for 26 years. She has worked at RADA, Rose Bruford College, and London School of Theatre Studies.She also teaches movement and Early Dance at the British American Drama Academy and for Florida State University in London on their Theatre Studies Course. 

She has worked as a movement director on productions at Rose Bruford and for companies such as Ridiculusmus, Shady Dolls and The Canting Crew. Originally working as a clown and acrobat and in physical theatre, she toured as an actress with companies such as Trickster Theatre, Accordo Povo, South Glamorgan’s Theatre in Education Company, Actors Workshop Cardiff before becoming a Movement Teacher.

Grantley Buck


Grantley was Head of Musical Theatre at the Urdang Academy in Covent Garden for seven years, Head of Singing at Master’s Performing Arts for six years and Head of Musical Theatre at The Poor School for thirteen years. 

He has worked for Arts Educational, The Roundhouse, the Globe Centre and spent two years as a principal in the West End production of GREASE. He obtained a BA (Hons) in Music from Leeds University.

Claire Davidson


Clare was trained at LAMDA under Iris Warren, and is an internationally known voice, acting and presentation coach working with stars such as Sting, Pierce Brosnan and Orlando Bloom.    

Her movies have included coaching on “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Accident” and “The Power of One”.

She has directed in London’s West End and off-Broadway with her theatre productions including Mark Rylance in Genet’s “The Maids”, Diana Rigg in Ibsen’s “Little Eyolf” and Stephen Rae in Strindberg’s “Miss Julie”.

She has run extensive workshops in the US (New York, L A, Hawaii, New Orleans) as well as the UK (London), and was a Professor in the Performing Arts Department at the College of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Christian Fellner


Christian trained originally as a classical singer at Trinity College of Music in London, and in Moscow, Russia. 

An interest in the spoken voice took him to the Central School of Speech and Drama where he graduated with distinction from the MA Voice Studies Course. He has been teaching and coaching voice for twenty-five years training people from all walks of life as well as many actors and singers. 

As a performer, he has worked as a soloist in opera and concert in Europe, Russia and the Middle East, and continues to perform as a recitalist. His recording of Schubert Songs – Aufenthalt – was released in May 2016.

Jen Malarkey


Jen trained at Central School of Speech and Drama, where she gained a 1st Class MA in the teaching of movement for actors.

Teaching includes Middlesex University, Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Central School of Speech and Drama, Birmingham School of Acting, Identity Drama School and The Poor School. She sits on the audition panel for Central School of Speech and Drama for undergraduate entries.

Jen is Artistic Director of Encounter. Through Encounter she makes shows about (extra) ordinary events, ideas and people. The company is committed to creating new work with dance by working in collaboration with both trained and untrained performers from a range of communities and artistic disciplines.  They have presented shows at Soho Theatre, Traverse, Lowry, Watford Palace Theatre, Northern Stage, ARC Stockton and The Yard.