Staff

Larry Waller

After graduating from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in 1991 Larry has spent many years acting, directing and teaching drama to children, young people and adults. As a professional actor and director he prides himself on involving the community in his work his inclusivity at Captive Audience offering as many opportunities as possible to those who live and work within the local community.

With TV, film and theatre credits he brings a vast experience transferable to the students we teach offering first hand the experience of the acting profession in what we teach. Larry also brings a career in Social Work working with Children and Families.

Sheila Kay Sly

Involved in Theatre Arts all her life, Sheila has acted and directed for various Midlands based companies in recent years.  She takes regular acting classes with Derby Academy of Acting and is a member of the Derby Theatre Ensemble. Sheila has also attended residential acting courses at The Actors Space in Barcelona.

Sheila has worked as an Early Years teacher and a Teaching Assistant in Steiner, Mainstream and Special School and currently works for the NHS in the Speech and Language Department.

For the last two years Sheila has been teaching individual lessons in LAMDA Verse and Prose and Acting.  Students have the opportunity to take nationally recognised qualifications which help them grow in skill and confidence.

Sophie Waller

Sophie graduated in 1999 with a BA Hons Drama from Aberystwyth University specialising in stage management and sound design and engineering. She then went on to work briefly in the casting department for the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican in London.
Sophie has acted in a number of plays at various venues since she was 16. Sophie is also a primary school teacher and peripatetic music teacher working in Derbyshire and runs the Captive Audience casting agency with Poppy Lloyd.

Simon Tomlinson

In 1988 I attended ALRA and completed the 3 year actors’ course. In 1992 I left the UK and returned to the country of my birth, New Zealand for 2 years. I briefly worked in ‘Shortland Street’ a soap opera, as well as doing some theatre work.

Mainly I travelled and took jobs along the way, before returning to the UK in 1994. In 1994 I decided to go to Hong Kong where I taught English as a foreign language for 4 years. 1998 I returned to the UK and went to Derby University gaining a 2:1 BA Hons degree in Theatre Studies with English Lit. 2000 I entered the world of professional acting once more and spent 2 years working in theatre, touring shows such as ‘The Hobbit’ nationally. 2002 I did my Drama PGCE at Birmingham City University. 2003 I became a drama teacher in secondary schools.

David Higley

David (Dave to most people) graduated in 1996 from Lancaster University and has been involved in web development, photography and video production ever since.

Working with Larry he has developed a bespoke TV, Film and Radio class specifically for Captive Audience to allow young actors to develop a wider range of skills and to extend the opportunities to young people who prefer the more technical roles on a film set.

He was a school governor for seven years, is a Scout leader and is passionate about giving young people the opportunities to develop the skills, knowledge and experience they are going to need to thrive in a competitive and rapidly changing world.