Director & Principal:
Michael Xavier brings a wealth of experience and relevant industry know-how to MX Masterclass. Nominated for the prestigious Laurence Olivier Awards twice, Michael's Musical Theatre performance history includes the leading roles in London’s West End and Broadway shows such as Prince of Broadway, Sunset Boulevard, The Phantom of the Opera, Show Boat, The Pajama Game…to name a few! His wealth of professional performing experience also spans other media including modern plays, Shakespeare, film, and television.
"I set up MX Masterclass in 2016, after running West End Masterclass successfully for five years before that. I wanted to offer more young people access to west-end quality training as I never had that opportunity when I was young. Mentoring the future stars of musical theatre is a truly rewarding experience and every term I'm amazed and excited by the standard and potential of the MXM students."
“I have hand-picked my experienced, knowledgeable and inspiring staff because they are truly incredible; not only are they fabulous teachers, they generate such a supportive and encouraging environment to the extent where you will often see our Emmys actually learning from each other as well which is exactly what I love to see!" - Michael Xavier.
To see Michael's full CV click on his photo above.
Co-Founders: Anna & Julian Marment
Anna & Julian have many years of experience running their own business. Anna, ‘The Pink-haired Boss, Designer Extraordinaire’ and Julian, ‘Mad curly-haired Creative Photographer’ helped Michael set up MXM in 2016 and have enjoyed working closely with the students. These days, Anna and Julian proudly observe annd support the work of MXM from the sidelines as they continue to focus on their own careers and home life.
Our teachers - past and present
Certified Estill Master Trainer, Technical singing coach at Bird College and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts – Singing credits: The National at 50 (National Theatre/BBC), Disney in Concert: Alice in Wonderland (Royal Albert Hall) and more.
Nikki Laurence - Course leader at Italia Conti and has also taught at Arts Ed London, Mountview, Urdang, LAMDA, and London Studio Centre. Nikki also has TWO Masters degrees in Musical Direction and Creative Arts & Mental Health!
Daniel Fulham - Head of singing at Italia Conti, also taught as vocal specialist at Arts Educational and Bird College. Runs Hello Cabaret in London's West End.
Joe Starr - Trained in two Masters degrees at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is an expert in the voice and musical direction.
Katy Richardson - SIX The Musical, Rent, Hair katyrichardsonmd.com
Chris Ma - Dear Evan Hansen, Violet, 13, Mythic (all West End). chrisma.uk
Alex Parker – Barnum; Adrian Mole; Les Miserables and many more.
Michael England - Les Miserablés, The Phantom Of The Opera, The Pajama Game (all West End).
Jodie Oliver – Hey Mr Composer; Little Shop Of Horrors; Titanic and many more.
Bob Broad – Jesus Christ Superstar; Legally Blonde; Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and many more.
Francis Goodhand - Cats, Jersey Boys, Singing In The Rain and many more.
Sarah Morrison - SIX The Musical, Showstoppers
Acting Specialists & Directors
Alex Young – Actor, Singer, Writer, Coach. Me And My Girl; Follies; Carousel; Promises Promises; Show Boat; plus many more.
Sam Harrison - Actor, Singer, Writer - Les Miserables, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Phantom Of The Opera and many more.
Jonathan Butterell - Director of the West End production of Everybody's Talking About Jamie as well as the film. Other directing credits include Soho Cinders, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Flloyd Collins and Peter Pan. He has been associate choreographer and assistant director on many productions in London and New York.
Anna Tringham-Carmichael – Teaching Fellow in Musical Theatre and Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Theatre Distance Learning course at the Guildford School of Acting, also an actress and singer in her own right – Cabaret, Funny Girl, Joseph And His Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jailhouse Rock The Musical.
Peter Polycarpou - Actor, Director, Singer, Writer, Coach. Olivier Award nominee for Oslo. Peter has starred in many plays, films, television and musicals spanning a long and successful career.
Dance Specialists & Choreographers
Brandon Lee Sears – Heathers; Come From Away; Motown; Dirty Dancing; Much Ado About Nothing; Cinderella (Walt Disney Productions).
Nicola Coates - Elf The Musical (West End), Chicago (West End).
Kerry Spark - Frozen, Miss Saigon, Chicago (all West End).
Lucinda Lawrence – Hairspray!; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Fiddler On The Roof; Guys & Dolls to name a few!
Cameron Ball – Cats; Hello, Dolly!; Chess; A Chorus Line.
PATRON - SIR MATTHEW BOURNE OBE
Sir Matthew Bourne OBE is widely hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful choreographer and director.
For over 30 years he has been creating and directing dance for musicals, theatre, film as well as his own highly successful, award-winning companies.
Matthew is the creator of the world’s longest running ballet production, an eight-time Olivier Award winner, and the only British director to have won the Tony Award for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical.
He has been recognised by over 40 international awards, including following Dame Margot Fonteyn as only the second dance recipient of the Hamburg Shakespeare Prize for the Arts and being the first recipient, in the arts category, of The British Inspiration Award. He is also the proud recipient of the Evening Standard Award, South Bank Show Award, Time Out Special Award, Drama Desk Award, six Los Angles Drama Critic Awards and the Astaire Award for Dance on Broadway.
In 2007 he received a Special Theatre Managers Association Award for services to dance touring and audience development and was awarded the OBE for Services to Dance in 2001.
PATRON - EMILY CAREY
Emily spent the summer of 2019 filming a series regular role on 'Get Even' a new series for BBC/Netflix which is set to release worldwide in February 2020. The coming year also sees the release of the film 'Anastasia: Once Upon A Time' with Emily in the role of Anastasia followed by the animated film 'Where Is Anne Frank?' in which Emily voices the role of Anne Frank.
Emily began her career in the West End at the age of 9 in Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. She then played Marta in The Sound Of Music at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre where she first met Michael Xavier who played the role ofCaptain Von Trapp. Michael became Emily's mentor offering her a place to train at his weekend academy.
In her time as a student at MXM, Emily began her on screen career. She is now best known as Grace Beauchamp in BBC Casualty, a role she played for 3 years. Her big screen credits include Young Diana in 'Wonder Woman', Young Lara Croft in 'Tomb Raider', Anastasia in 'Anastasia, Once Upon A Time' and Anne Frank in 'Where Is Anne Frank?' Other TV credits include Mary Conan Doyle in 'Houdini And Doyle' (ITV) , Bea in 'Turn Up Charlie' (Netflix) and Mika in 'Get Even' (BBC/Netflix).
"Being invited to be a patron of MX Masterclass means more than words. I am filled with pride to have the opportunity to support the place that has taught me so much and given me an unbelievable amount of joy over the years. It’s an honour and my heart is so full!"
PATRON - SEBASTIAN CROFT
Ex-student Sebastian (known as Bash to his friends) is a BAFTA nominated actor, who has done West End plays and musicals, and most recently film and TV, and has been a student of Michael’s since he was 12.
Feature films include, Dampyr, The Hippopotamus, Wonderwell, I’ll Find You, Where is Ann Frank (in which he voices Peter van daan opposite fellow MXM Patron Emily Carey), Horrible Histories The Movie (in which he plays the lead role of Atti, for which he received his BAFTA nomination) and Schools Out Forever (a very topical apocalyptic film slated for release on Netflix in 2020).
TV shows include; Houdini and Doyle (ITV, Fox) and Penny Dreadful (Sky Atlantic, Showtime) but is probably best known for playing Young Ned Stark in Game of Thrones (HBO).
Bash made his first professional appearance on stage at the age of 7 in the West End touring production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Other musical theatre includes; Gavroche in Les Misérables, Oliver in Oliver The Musical, Tommy in Matilda The Musical, and Adrian Mole in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole.
Theatre includes; Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse alongside Tom Hiddleston, Prince Arthur in Sir Trevor Nunn’s production of Shakespeare’s King John.
“I am so excited to be a Patron of MXM. I trained with Michael for a long time and met lots of people there, who I really looked up to in the industry, and who have since taken me under their wing. When I was having a tough time at school, MXM was a weekly reminder that there are other people around me who share the same passions as me and had my back. Not only is MXM the best training you can get, but you also become part of an amazing family, where Michael leads by example, making sure that you actually look after your physical and mental wellbeing. Whilst I am now a working actor, I am thrilled that this patronage gives me a reason to still be part of the MXM family.”
PATRON - NATALIE PARIS
As a young child, Natalie starred in West End shows Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Les Miserables, Billy Elliott and Sunday In The Park With George.
Natalie has gone on to train at Michael’s original iteration of MX Masterclass (West End Masterclass) and then on to RADA.
Since leaving RADA Natalie joined the cast of a little-known musical about Henry VIII’s six wives playing the role of Jane Seymour.
The show is SIX The Musical and Natalie has garnered world-wide attention for her performances on The One Show, This Morning and Britain’s Got Talent and her vocal recording on the original album singing the incredible Heart Of Stone!
We are thrilled and proud that Natalie has become one of our esteemed patrons.
Natalie says: ‘ I am absolutely honoured to be a patron of MX Masterclass. Having trained here myself I know first hand what an amazing school this is. Not only did I learn so much about my craft & myself, but also had so many incredible opportunities to learn from so many performers who I looked up to and admired. But most importantly, I had the best time! I looked forward to every Sunday and would not have missed it for the world. I am so grateful for everything Michael taught me and his huge encouragement to push me to go on to do things that I never dreamt possible. It’s more than just a school, and once you are part of the MXM family, you always will be.’
Working with the stars...
Our students really enjoy visits by the current industry professionals they get to meet and perform for.
Here are just some of the amazing guest teachers who have come into MX Masterclass. We can’t thank them enough for coming in to offer their knowledge, wisdom and joy.
Our Emmys love and learn so much from them all.
Kerry Ellis made her first professional stage appearance in 1998 and went on to make her West End debut in the 2001 My Fair Lady. After meeting Queen guitarist Brian May in 2002, she landed the role of Meat in the original London cast of We Will Rock You and has subsequently played lead roles in West End musicals Les Miserables, Wicked (which also took her to Broadway), Oliver! and Cats as well as appearing in national tours and concert productions of musicals like Miss Saigon, Chess and Rent. Kerry has received several awards and nominations for her performances, has become recognised as the First Lady of West End musicals. She has also worked sporadically in film and television.
MATT HENRY MBE
Matt Henry recently won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Lola in Kinky Boots. Matt also won the Whatsonstage Award for Best Actor in a Musical (2016) and was nominated for The Times Breakthrough Award (2016). Matt recently finished a UK tour promoting his debut album Red Flare supporting Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon, Cyndi Lauper. Red Flare was recorded live at the studio of Dan Gillespie Sells (The Feeling) and produced by Mr Hudson and is now available to purchase on iTunes and at The Adelphi Theatre. As a finalist on the BBC’s The Voice, where he was mentored by both will.i.am and Jessie J, Matt’s performance of Ray LaMontagne’s ‘Trouble’ racked up over four million hits on YouTube and the original ‘Trouble’ re-entered the UK charts that week – testament to Matt’s performance.
Louise Dearman is a British actress and singer, most well known for playing the roles Daisy in Side Show (Southwark Playhouse); Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (UK tour); Elphaba in Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre); Glinda in Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre); Mrs D in the world premiere of The Waterbabies (Leicester Curve Theatre); Soloist in Judy (UK tour); The Woman in Tell Me On A Sunday (International); Eva Peron in Evita (UK tour); Grizabella in Cats (Cyprus); Debbie in Debbie Does Dallas (Edinburgh Festival); Mimi in Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly Theatre); Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (UK tour); Jan in Grease (Victoria Palace Theatre and UK tour); Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK tour).
Rebecca Trehearn has scooped a coveted Laurence Olivier Award for her role in the West End musical Show Boat. Rebecca was crowned Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical for her role as Julie LaVerne in the critically acclaimed production at New London Theatre. Dubbed “one of British musical theatre’s shining stars,” the fluent Welsh speaker thanked the show’s director Daniel Evans at a glittering ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in Welsh saying “Diolch o galon.” During her acceptance speech, she said: “Show Boat was one of the most special experiences of my career…you’re only as good as the people who surround you and this is theirs as much as it is mine.”
In the world of theatrical performers, Ramin Karimloo is known as one of the most formidable talents in the industry. Heralded for his portrayal of leading roles Jean Valjean in Les Misérables in London’s West End & on Broadway and the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, Karimloo is a musical force unlike any other. In fact, it was his unbridled reputation that led to his performance in the Oscar tribute to Les Misérables. Ramin is both an Olivier and Tony Award nominee for his performances in Love Never Dies and Les Misérables respectively.
Trevor Dion Nicholas
In May of 2016, Trevor made his West End debut as Genie in Disney’s Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre, for which he was awarded the 2017 What’s On Stage Award for Best Supporting Actor. Trevor came to London following his Broadway debut as the standby for Genie in the production of Disney’s Aladdin currently still running. Trevor was also the voice of the Announcer in Dreamgirls which ran at the West End's Savoy Theatre and has had the privilege of performing on Sunday Night at the Palladium and the Royal Variety Performance for ITV as well as Children in Need for BBC One. He is currently playing the role of George Washington in the West End production of Hamilton!
Danielle was the winner of the BBC talent contest Over The Rainbow and as a result played the part of Dorothy in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production of The Wizard of Oz, which began performances in the West End at the London Palladium in February 2011. Following this role, she went on to play the role of Éponine in Les Misérables in the West End.
Peter is an Olivier Award nominee for his performance of Ahmed Qurie in Oslo and won the Clarence Derwent Award for the same role. His work in movies includes Evita (alongside Madonna), Oklahoma! with Hugh Jackman, and De-Lovely. On stage, he was the first actor to play the role of John in the musical Miss Saigon in London. He was an original cast member of the musical Les Misérables, and has played The Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. He has also appeared in the UK première of The Woods by David Mamet at the Finborough Theatre, London. Peter’s television work is extensive and includes Birds Of A Feather. The Bill, Holby City, Casualty and Waking the Dead.