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Laurence is an award winning composer and lyricist working in musical theatre. His work has been seen all over the world, including the internationally acclaimed off-Broadway musical TOMORROW MORNING (nominated for an Outer Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical in New York, 2011; Winner Chicago Jeff Awards Best Musical 2009) which has now played on four continents in five languages including major productions in London, New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Lisbon, Melbourne and Seoul. The show premiered in London in 2006 and currently has three cast recordings available, from the UK, USA and German original casts. New productions of the show are currently underway in the USA, Europe and the far east.

 

His other shows are MIDNIGHT co-written with Tim Knapman (Union Theatre London & Seoul, Korea); DANNY HERO also with Tim (Core Theatre, Corby 2016); CREATIVES with Irving Welsh (Chicago 2016, Edinburgh 2017);  THROUGH THE DOOR which was seen in the West End in 2008 starring Julie Atherton and Paul Keating and has also seen major international productions; GROWL! his new show with Tim Knapman is being produced by NYMT in the summer of 2019. In 2017 he wrote the musical EXTRAORDINARY for the BBC's Children in Need commissioned by the University of Central Lancashire.

 

He composed the score for the new British feature film Last Laugh, written by acclaimed playwright John Godber. He has also written music for Nickelodeon. His songs are regularly performed by artists around the world and have been performed or recorded by artistes including Samantha Barks, Stuart Matthew Price and Graham Bickley.

 

Laurence has taught/lectured in musical theatre at most of London's major drama schools and colleges including Arts Ed, Mountview, MTA, LSMT, Royal Academy of Music, and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, specialising in song performance, audition technique and acting-through-song and as a musical director. laurencemarkwythe.com

 

 

Founder & Director

Laurence Mark Wythe

Founder & Principal

Claire Pourret

In 2001, Claire founded Theatre Street Performing Arts, a not-for-profit social enterprise organisation dedicated to bringing performing arts classes, opportunities and experiences to young people.

 

TSPA has grown to now receive over 400 visits a week and providing classes in ballet, jazz, tap, street, lyricial, acro, drama, singing and much more.

 

TSPA moved into The Link when it opened in 2012 and has continued to go from strength to strength, and in 2014 TSPA College was founded, which has since evolved into the LCPA under the stewardship of Gary Watson. Claire continues to oversee the college alongside remaining the director of TSPA and the Performing Arts Centre at The Link.

 

Claire trained at the London Studio Centre on the Marjorie Owen Acting Scholarship, and her  professional career as a performer and choreographer took her all over the world, including work at the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Birmingham NEC, SEC Glasgow, Earl's Court and QE2 Centre. She has been a qualified dance teacher for over twenty years and also works as an adjudicator in dance festivals and competitions.

 

TSPA has become one of the leading dance schools in the south east, and her multi-prize winnning Elite Dance Team, Theatre Street Dance Company (TSDC) regularly competes in major dance competitions in the UK.

Course Director

Gary Watson

Gary is one of the West End's leading actors working in musical theatre.

 

His principal roles in London have included Marius in Les Miserables (Queen's Theatre), Nick Massi in Jersey Boys (Piccadilly Theatre), Rudolpho in the original cast of Matilda (Cambridge Theatre), Don & Zach in A Chorus Line (London Palladium) and roles in Evita (Adelphi) and Saturday Night Fever (Palladium) and the national tour of CATS as the Rum Tum Tugger.

 

In the Summer of 2018 Gary returned to the West End in the original cast of the new musical adaptation of Baz Lurhmann's Strictly Ballroom at the Piccadilly Theatre, a show which Gary appeared in with the original cast in Toronto in 2017.

 

Gary guest teaches all over the world in the field of Musical Theatre. He joined the college in 2015 and now directs the full programme on offer at LCPA.

Gary Watson

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