JADA Teachers

Josephine Parsad

Josephine Parsad

Principal & Head of Drama BA Hons, LDDA

Josephine trained physical theatre with East 15 Acting school, with LAMDA in Drama and Speech Education and in L.A for Film and T.V acting, working with casting directors from ‘Desperate Housewives’, ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ and ‘General Hospital’. Her career as both a performer and a teacher has led her all over the world and she has worked with a variety of people of all ages and backgrounds.

Her first leading theatre performance was at 11 at the Palace Theatre, Southend in ‘Message from Eden’. She has gone on to perform as Moth in ‘Love’s Labours Lost’, Maria in ‘La Ronde’, Hippolyta in ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’, Francisca in ‘West Side Story’, Mr Fox in ‘Pinocchio’ (National Tour), ‘Barney the Dinosaur’ (National Tour UK & ROI), ‘The Maharajah and the Kohinoor’ (National Tour) and Faith in ‘The Leap’ (Chelsea Theatre). Josephine has appeared in many commercials including Pringles, Super Noodles, Gala Bingo (for Sharon Osbourne) and Pepsi working alongside the likes of Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Lopez. She debuted in film as the lead in the British Asian production of ‘Shame’, which was shortlisted in the Satyajit Ray film festival and Nominated for Best Short film in the East End Film Festival 2010. In addition to this Josephine has worked as a teacher and theatre practitioner, as well as an LSA and Behavioural support coach in mainstream, independent, special needs schools, pupil referral units and young offenders institutes.

Josephine is also a published poetess, and is currently writing and developing a play under the guidance of playwright Caroline Jester of Birmingham Rep Theatre. This enables Josephine to offer pupils within her Academy the opportunity to take writing/ directing choices in addition to performing.

Lauren Beisser

Lauren Beisser

Head of Singing

Lauren trained from a very young age and worked a lot in the T.V industry and theatre. She then graduated from Masters performing Arts college in 2010 and went straight onto the X factor. After this she gained a part staring in Holby City as a plastic surgeon patient; Rose. Lauren has been in many adverts including Pepsi, cancer research and internet online banking among others.

Her theatre work ranges from comedy such as 'Danny knows best' at the Drill Hall Theatre London, to various pantomimes, starring as Cinderella in the pantomime 'Cinderella' and Alice in 'Dick Whittington'.

She has been teaching LAMDA Drama and Musical Theatre for over 4 years now in many various schools across London and Essex. She is very excited to run the singing department at JADA.

Lynne Parsad

Lynne Parsad

PA to The Principal & Pastoral Care

Lynne has been a part of the JADA Team since it’s inception in 2005. She is responsible for the day to day running of the office and studio building, as well as being responsible for the Pastoral Care of the Students and one of the appointed first aiders on site. Her main skills however; are in the area of tea making and tuck shop operation!

Lynne very much enjoys working around young people and has loved watching many of them grow from children into young adults during their time at JADA.

Her background is in Secretarial/Administration in her Professional life and as a Mum in her personal life. Both of which come with a variety of skills that she enjoys using here at JADA.

Lauren Ball

Lauren Ball

Head of Upper School Dance and Exams

Lauren is a professional Dancer, Singer and Actress. A graduate from The Urdang Academy gaining a National Diploma in Musical Theatre and Dance, she has been performing since the age of 3 starting out at The Adagio School of Dance (Brentwood) achieving qualifications for Ballet, Modern and Tap ISTD examinations.

Her professional experience since graduating includes;

Warm-up Artist for 'The Alexandra O'Neal Show', Dancer on BBC1's 'The One Show' working with renowned choreographer and ex Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips. A dancer for a ‘Great Gatsby' event in Earl's Court London aswell as performing in pantomime productions such as, Sleeping Beauty playing the role of Queen Esmerelda and Princess Jasmine in Aladdin.

Her TV credits include; 'Mr Selfridge' II & III (ITV), 'Endeavour - Inspector Morse The Early Years' (ITV) 'Edge of Heaven' (ITV), and 'Liptons Tea' commercial.

With her wealth of experience in the professional world, Lauren is now delighted to be a part of the fabulous team at JADA, and is passionate for teaching and passing her training and knowledge of the performing industry onto aspiring performers.

Hayley Baker

Hayley Baker

Head of Lower School Dance and Festivals

Hayley trained at Masters Performing Arts College and since has worked within the commercial dance and modelling industry. Credits include ASOS, Bollywood, Grand Marnier, Odeon, several music videos and more. She has been teaching street dance as well as other forms of dance, drama and musical theatre for over 3 years now and thoroughly enjoys seeing her students grow and improve. Hayley has recently been touring with the professional production, 'A Night of Dirty Dancing' around the UK, playing one of the lead roles, Penny. Hayley takes from every professional experience a lesson to pass on to her students.

JADA Mentors

Hattie Wadeson

Hattie Wadeson

Head Girl

Hattie has been at JADA since 2012 and was school dance captain 2014-2016 prior to taking the head girl role.

JADA has opened so may new and exciting opportunities for me. Throughout my time here I have made wonderful great friendships, learnt new skills and techniques which has brought out the best potentially in me as a dancer and actor.

I have been involved in events and workshops all over Essex and London and more recently Italy.

Everyone is welcomed in with open arms and we have all become one big family supporting and encouraging each other and I am looking forward to continuing my journey as head girl at the always amazing JADA!

Elliot Stavrinou

Elliot Stavrinou

Head Boy

Every single day spent there has been an incredibly fun journey for me!

Every single class, teacher and pupil at JADA is something special, the best way to describe its place in my heart would be that it is my second family!

I owe so much of who I am today to everyone involved with JADA. I have made so many brilliant friends there, many of which will certainly be friends for life. It has helped me flourish so much as an actor and as a person and I am so proud to represent the school as head boy it truly is an honour to be working with so many talented people.

My four years of JADA have been an absolute blast for me, and I cannot wait to see where else this journey takes me!

Chloe Chung

Chloe Chung

Dance Captain

I have learnt so much from being here, it has been an amazing experience so far and cannot wait for the many years to come.

Since being at JADA, I have had many opportunities and experiences in the performing industry and that is something that JADA does provides really well.

I've met many new friends at JADA, that are very special to me and would not have met them otherwise, it's like a very big family and that's what I love about JADA.

The classes are brilliant and the teachers are amazing and they have brought out something in me that I never knew I had. It is an honour to be working with such amazing, talented people and to represent JADA as dance captain.