JADA Teachers

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

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

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

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

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

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 Georgiou

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.

Helen Gulston

Dance Teacher

Helen began dancing at a young age and went on to train at Tiffany Theatre College, where she later graduated as Head Girl. Whilst training she completed her ISTD teaching diploma in Modern Theatre, finishing with a distinction.

Since graduating Helen has gone on to have a successful performing career, making her debut as a professional performer in The Thursford Christmas Spectacular, the biggest Christmas show in the UK! Most recently she has been performing in CATS the Musical as Tantomile, 1st cover Demeter/1st cover Rumpleteazer (Really useful Group and RCCL).

Other Theatre Credits include Roy Hudd’s Mother Goose Ensemble/1st Cover Fairy Virtue (Wiltons Music Hall, London), Cinderella (QDOS, Swansea), Robin Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Sleeping Beauty as Dance Captain (Lincoln Theatre Royal), The BeeGees Story (The Orchard Theatre, Dartford), A Night Of Dirty Dancing, Ensemble (UK Tour), Seaside Special Singer/Dancer (The Pavilion, Cromer), P&O Australia, Singer/Dancer (Grayboy Entertainment).

Film and TV credits include; Beauty and the Beast, Debutante (Disney Feature Film) Britains Got Talent (Thursford Dollies), The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Singer (ITV), Dulux Paint Commercial Let’s Colour, Dancer. About Time (Feature Film).

Alongside Performing Helen has been lucky enough to assist choreographically on Broken Strings, Rocky City, Cosmopolitan (Celebrity Cruises, Talent Artistic Group), Mother Goose (Talent Artistic Group).

Helen has been teaching and rehearsal directing various styles and skills now for many years around the South East in various dance schools, and is very excited to start the journey with everyone at JADA!

JADA Mentors

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!

Raphael Sossou

Head Boy

JADA is an amazing place full of fun and enjoyment. I am always excited to attend my classes, I feel the teachers really care about me and understand me.

The school has given me a real understanding of performing arts. I have been part of several performances, some improvisations and some theatrical plays staged at a local theatre. These experiences have increased my confidence and my ability to communicate.

The good thing about JADA is that although I am going on a personal journey, I am also going on a journey with my classmates and teachers. This means I have made strong connections with all the people at JADA - it is my second home.
I feel honoured to be head boy - I’m really looking forward to supporting all the performers and contributing to the life of the school.

Kathy Chung

Dance Captain

Jada has made an incredible impact on my life as it has allowed me to step out of my comfort zone as well as meet so many new people, who each add something to the Jada family.

Being at Jada for six years has given me the chance to experience the lower school, all the way through to the upper school and I have loved every minute of it. Everyone is so welcoming , they make you feel part of a huge family.

Moreover attending Jada has given me multiple opportunities such as working with charities like Cancer Research UK as well as experiencing events like Can You Dance and dance competitions. I feel honoured to represent Jada as dance captain and am looking forward for what is yet to come.