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-Directors: 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’ enjoy working closely with the students.
“We love helping to nurture our Emmys’ confidence, providing a supportive environment and actively ensuring all Emmys get the most out of their MXM journey. We put our hearts and souls into the MXM family and love every minute of it! Oh! And not to mention, Michael’s also my brother. MXM is truly a family-run business” - Anna Marment
Vocal Specialist – Ross Sharkey
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.
Alex Parker – Barnum; Adrian Mole; Les Miserables and many more.
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.
Acting Specialists & Directors
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.
Alex Young – Actor, Singer, Writer, Coach. Me And My Girl; Follies; Carousel; Promises Promises; Show Boat; plus many more.
Dance Specialists & Choreographers
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.
Brandon Lee Sears – Heathers; Motown; Dirty Dancing; Much Ado About Nothing; Cinderella (Walt Disney Productions).
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 is also the voice of the Announcer in Dreamgirls currently running at the West End's Savoy Theatre and has had the privilege of performing on Sunday Night at the Palladium and the 2016 Royal Variety Performance for ITV as well as Children in Need for BBC One.
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.