JADA Teachers

Josephine Parsad

Josephine Parsad

Principal and Creative Director, Head of Drama

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.

Recent Credits Include; Doris Sanderson in 'Whisky Galore' Oldham Colisieum, Miss Singh 'Around the World in 80 Days'- New Vic theatre/ Kenny Wax ent, Artful Dodger in 'Remarkable tale of Oliver Twist' Red Earth (National tour), Clown 'Hansel and Gretel' (Belgrade theatre), 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 and film projects including Pringles, Super Noodles, Gala Bingo (for Sharon Osbourne) , Disney 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. Including specialist workshops in Shakespeare and Movement with RADA, LIPA and national FE and HE colleges.

Josephine established JADA in 2005 and it is one of the most established theatre schools for acting and theatre in Essex With pupils having performed all over the UK and Europe in both professional and student productions.

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.

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.

Hayley-Marie Baker

Hayley-Marie Baker

Head of Lower School Dance and Festivals

Hayley-Marie has been performing since a very young age and trained professionally in dance and musical theatre at Masters Performing Arts College.

Following her training Hayley-Marie worked excessively throughout the commercial dance industry, including music videos, television commercials, film, fashion shows, flash mobs and more.

More recently she has progressed into the world of stage and musical theatre. Credits include; ‘Penny’ in the UK Tour of ‘A Night of Dirty Dancing’ UK Tour.

As Dance Captain/Dancer and Assistant Choreographer: ‘The Power of Love: The story of Celine’ UK Tour, ‘You Win Again' - 'A celebration of The Bee Gees’ UK No 1 Tour and West End.

Alongside performing Hayley-Marie has worked in the teaching world for 5 years in all genres; bringing her knowledge and experience of the performing world to the bodies and minds of young people and thoroughly enjoys being able to share her experiences with students and watch their progression.

Jack Eccles

Jack Eccles

Singing, Acting and Stage Combat Teacher

Born in Derby, Jack has been involved in theatre since he was around 7 and became involved in his local village pantomime.

He recently graduated from East 15 Acting School from the Acting and Stage combat course. Jack has performed as Demetrius in 'A Midsummer Nights Dream', Bernardo in 'West Side Story', Rob in '13'.

Recently he is also become the Director at the newly formed Chronologics Theatre Company as well as an actor and performer, they're aimed around devising and creating new theatre.

Jack's aim is to help make our students at JADA the best they can be.

Alice Chattaway

Alice Chattaway

Lower School Acting Teacher

'I’m Back and ready to teach!'

Many of you may know that Alice started off her passion of drama at JADA when she was 11 in the youth theatre. Staying as long as possible, performing in many shows and taking her LAMDA Acting exams. Alice went on to study Drama at the university of Lincoln 2014-17, focusing on theatre in education, community theatre and site specific performance. Not only did the experience of university open my eyes to a new world of performing, it also taught me a lot about the benefits of drama for young people. I finished off my final year by producing a dissertation “discussing how community based projects help to nurture young peoples involvement with the arts, and endeavour to boost their social performance” This has fuelled my desire to teach drama and performing arts to children of all age ranges.

During the week Alice teaches Drama/Performing arts in a local secondary school, so being able to come back to JADA and teach younger ages has really given me the best of both worlds. I couldn’t be more grateful to Josephine for not only teaching and inspiring me, for for also giving me the opportunity to follow in her footsteps.

Lauren Beisser

Lauren Beisser

Head of Singing (Currently on maternity leave)

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.

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.