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. Including a recent return from Broadway’s 42nd Street where she performed in a run of Kenny Wax’s production of ‘Around the World in 80 Days’.

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.

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.

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.

Ella Tekere

Associate Dance Teacher

Francesca Okonta

Associate Dance Teacher