Our Team Members
Dandelion Theatre Arts Manager
Susy is a seasoned teacher and performer, taking our Saturday morning classes and many of the holiday workshops. She has starred in national and international theatre tours including Victoria Wood'sDinner Ladies, Shakespeare 4 Kids, Theatre Exchange and the British Shakespeare Company, as well as touring to Greece with Matrix Theatre. Susy’s TV credits include ad campaigns for IBM, the Rugby World Cup and British Airways and she has appeared on Channel 4's Top Boy and the Help Yourselves sitcom. Susy also choreographs music videos for urban music star Jahna Sebastian, her local pantomime, and is a Creative Director on the board at Prospero Theatre Company. She joined us in May 2018, and we love having her as part of the team!
Since she was 2 years old, Erin has loved singing and dancing, and has done classes all of her life, graduating in July 2019 with a BA in Musical Theatre from from Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom. Erin goes to the theatre at every opportunity, especially to see musicals, and one day would like to appear on the West End. Since starting to teach for us in 2018 she has found a love of passing on her passion; she says the children are 'heaps of fun' and enjoys watching them develop as 'amazing little humans, ace their pirouttes and confidently deliver their lines to an audience. Dandelion is a massive part of my life, and I am so grateful to be a part of it'. Erin is also working at Thorpe Park as one of the Fright Night scary actors!
Dan started at The Leatherhead Theatre on a placement in 2009 after leaving school, and has been there more or less ever since, working his way up to Technical Manager. He has done short stints at theatres in Richmond and Dorking, covering more than 200 shows, including the Birds of a Feather tour, for Julian Lloyd Webber, Bobby Davro and Tim Vine. His vast technical knowledge means he has also been able to work in TV and film, including The Harry Hill Movie and more recently the BBC series of A Little Drummer Girl.
Penny graduated in 2020 with a First Class degree in Musical Theatre from Laine Theatre Arts. Prior to this she left home at 11 years old to head to London to start boarding at the Sylvia Young Theatre School in which provided her with excellent training and the knowledge of all areas of theatre that she is still developing today! As well as performing in Peter Pan at the Epsom playhouse whilst training, she has recently wrapped on a short film that has been filming with a team in LA over lockdown and hopefully has some other exciting opportunities ahead. From loving Shakespeare to ballet and now even writing her own projects, Penny ADORES teaching the students at Dandelion and always looks forward to Thursdays at the theatre!
Dance squad instructor
I started with competitive gymnastics and later trained in breakdance and martial arts - I later went on to work internationally for 17 years as a circus artist performing acrobatics and learning new skills such as fire performing, trampoline wall and shape manipulation
Mark’s very first experience of theatre photography was with Lionel Blair, Peter Simon, Nicholas Parsons and others more than 25 years ago. As a photographer for The Event newspaper in Norwich, he covered the launch of the Norwich Theatre Royal 1993 pantomime 'Dick Whittington and His Cat'. Mark started photographing Dandelion Theatre Arts in 2012, and has captured more than 25 of our shows and workshops. Mark also shoots professional theatre productions and rehearsals, and in 2019 became the official photographer for Leatherhead Drama Festival. Social media: @markmakesphotos Website:
Having assisted at Dandelion Theatre Arts whilst she was at college, Esher is thrilled to be returning as a dance and drama teacher after graduating from her dance degree at the University of Chichester in 2019. Esher has worked as an Associate Choreographer for the contemporary dance company 3Fall Youth based at Shoreham Academy; one of her pieces of choreographu wasw selected to tour around the south of England with them during spring 2019, which was then showcased at the dance platform ‘Up Next’ at The Point Theatre, Eastleigh. Esher enjoys the fact that teaching allows her to combine her love for creating, whether that is a dance work or drama scene, with helping others progress and see their confidence and technique grow.
Clara started her performing career at the Reigate School of Ballet, where she also went on to help with teaching, and went on to attend the Italia Conti Stage School in Guildford. She has just started an MA in Music Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, having graduated from Leeds University with a BA in Music and English. She is an accomplished violinist, ballet dancer and singer, having performed in many musicals, including some with the East Surrey Operatic Society. She has previously done work experience at the theatre, and loves the performing arts and working with children. We are delighted to welcome her on to the team from September 2019.