Creative Team

Danielle Tarento

Producer, Casting Director and Staging

Danielle is a freelance producer and casting director. She won Best Producer at the Off West End Awards 2012, was nominated Producer of the Year at the Stage Awards 2015 and was listed as one of the top ten producers of Musical Theatre in 2016 in The Stage.

She is co-founder of the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Theatre includes: Death Takes A Holiday (Charing Cross); Ragtime (Charing Cross – winner, Off West End Award for Best Musical Production 2017; nominated, WhatsOnStage Awards for Best Musical Revival and Best Off West End Production 2017); Allegro  (Southwark Playhouse); Grey Gardens Southwark Playhouse – winner, Off West End Award for Best New Musical 2017, nominated WhatsOnStage Award for Best Off West End Production 2017); Titanic (Charing Cross – winner, West End Wilma Awards for Best Off West End Production 2016); Pure Imagination (St James); Grand Hotel (Southwark Playhouse – winner, Broadway World Award for Best Musical Revival; nominated, WhatsOnStage Award for Best Off West End Production); Gods And Monsters (Southwark Playhouse); The Grand Tour (Finborough); Man To Man (Park); My Lifelong Love – An Evening With Georgia Stitt And Friends (Garrick); Frances Ruffelle – Paris Original (St James Studio); Dogfight (Southwark Playhouse – shortlisted, Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical 2014); Three Sisters (Southwark Playhouse); Titanic (Southwark Playhouse – longlisted, Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical 2013; winner, Broadway World UK Award for Best Fringe/Regional Musical 2013, WhatsOn Stage Award for Best Off West End Production and 4 Off West End Awards including Best Musical Production); Evita, Grease (Ljubljana Festival, Slovenia); Victor/Victoria (Southwark Playhouse); Taboo (Brixton Club House – winner, WhatsOnStage Award for Best Off West End Production 2013); Mack & Mabel (Southwark Playhouse – longlisted, Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical 2012); The Pitchfork Disney (Arcola); Burlesque (Jermyn Street – winner, Off West End Award for Best New Musical 2012); Noël And Gertie (Cockpit); Parade (Southwark Playhouse – longlisted, Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical 2011; nominated, WhatsOnStage Award for Best Musical Revival 2012); Spring Awakening (Rose, Kingston); Drowning On Dry Land (Jermyn Street); Company (Southwark Playhouse); Legacy Falls (New Players); Grateful (Cadogan Hall); Frances Ruffelle: Beneath The Dress (Madame JoJo’s, Edinburgh Festival, Wroclaw Stage Song Review, Poland, Menier Chocolate Factory & Crazy Coqs); Happy Savages (Edinburgh Festival).

As Associate Producer: Smokey Joe’s Café (Landor); Kurt And Sid (Trafalgar Studios – nominated, WhatsOnStage Award for Best Off West End Production 2009); Side By Side By Sondheim (The Venue); Tamburlaine The Great (Rose, Bankside).

Matthew Chandler

Producer, The British Theatre Academy

Matthew Chandler has worked with young people for the past 27 years creating a unique theatre school with the aim to train young people in an environment under the direction of experienced professionals. Since 1989 his aim has been achieved in seeing students appear in all aspects of the entertainment industry, with members appearing at world renowned venues such as The 02 Arena, Wembley Stadium, The London Palladium, The Royal Albert Hall and Internationally in Baltimore, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York.

During the 27 years Mr. Chandler has successfully coached students into completing their professional training at such establishments as RADA, LAMDA, Oxford & Cambridge, Mountview, GSA, The Royal Ballet, Julliard, Harvard, Carnegie Mellon, NYU, De Paul, AMDA and Buffalo.

Past pupils have been represented in all aspects of the entertainment industry including recent credits including, West End credits include: School Of Rock, Wicked, Book Of Mormon, Funny Girl, Urinetown, Grey Gardens, Legally Blonde, Phantom, Les Miserables, Billy Elliot, Bend It Like Beckham, Shrek. Movies credits include The Birth Of A Nation, Disney’s Cinderella, Pride, Victor Frankenstein, The Harry Potter Movies, Rock and Rolla, Nine, Pride & The Prejudice and the Zombies, Finding Neverland, Pan,The Dark Knight, The Pirates Of The Carribean 4, TV Credits include, Inspector Lewis, The Crown, Downton Abbey , The Following, Game Of Thrones, Wolf Hall, Waterloo Road, Casualty, Barbarians Rising, The White Queen, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Eastenders, NCIS, Law & Order UK, Bones, Doctors Who and War and Peace

Pupils have also been represented in The Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre, The August Wilson Festival at the Kennedy Center, The Shakespeare Summer Season in Central Park, The 10th & 25th anniversary concert of Les Miserables and at the Stephen Sondheim 80th Birthday celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall

His members have also appeared in 7 Royal Variety Performances, The Queen’s Golden & Diamond Jubilee and “Hey Mr. Producer” all in front of Her Majesty The Queen. Other credits include The Eurovision Song Contest, American Idol, The X Factor, Tours with Byonce, Take That, Rhianna, Duffy, Cat Stephens and Cirque du Soliell, The Lawrence Olivier Awards, The Tony Awards and The Academy Awards (Oscar), The Brits, The VMA’s, The MTV Awards and Mobo’s

Mr Chandler has produced over 200 shows in venues all over London including Sadler’s Wells, Richmond Theatre, new Victoria Woking and The Theatre Royal Windsor. His productions have won numerous awards and have regularly been performed to sell-out audiences. During the 2007/2008 season Matthew produced and staged the European premier of Disney’s High School Musical, breaking box office records all over the UK and with this production he went on to be the first Youth Theatre producer to gross $2million on a production. Matthew went on to do European youth premiers of Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, Hairspray, Billy Elliot, Dreamgirls and Batboy.
In 2004 Mr Chandler created an International exchange program with the Baltimore School for the arts. During the six productions of The Laramie Project, The Wiz, Our Town, Billy Elliot, High School Musical, Elegies, Stags and Hens and Beautiful Thing were produced in both London and Baltimore bringing together the international students.
In the summer of 2010 Matthew took his Glee style singing group into a brand new UK reality show called Don’t Stop Believing, a show looking for a unique group of talented singers in the UK, 3000 groups auditioned and The Songtimers were selected as one of the 30 groups for the live TV Finals. Winning the heat they entered under Matthew’s direction the group went on to be placed 3rd in the UK.
During the past 5 years Matthews pupils have gone on to be nominated for a Tony Award, two Olivier Awards including a win for Kerry Ingram who won Best Actress in Musical at the 2012 Oliver Awards for her role in Matilda.
Having Trained at Corona Academy & The Guildford School of Acting, Matthew’s professional experience and knowledge of Musical Theatre has helped him in establishing himself as one of the forerunners in theatre training for young people.

James Taylor

Musical Director

James studied Music & Sound Recording (BMus Tonmeister) at the University of Surrey, followed by a postgraduate diploma in Musical Direction & Vocal Coaching at LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art).

As Musical Director: “DISASTER The Musical” – UK Premiere (Charing Cross Theatre), “Legally Blonde” – Urdang Academy (Pleasance Theatre), “Jest End” (Waterloo East Theatre), West End Up Close with Julie Atherton (HoSB), Zedel Follies (Crazy Coqs), “Adele is Younger Than Us” (EdFringe & VAULT Festival), “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” (Waterloo East), The Urdang Academy Summer Show (Hackney Empire), Evelyn Hoskins “There Was a Little Girl” (Battersea Barge), West End Up Close with Jodie Jacobs (HoSB), Interstellar DENIM (VAULT Festival), “The Winter’s Tale” (Pleasance Theatre), LAMDA US Showcase 2015 (LA & NYC), Sir John Standing Swings Cole Porter (Crazy Coqs).

As Assistant MD/Rehearsal Pianist: “The Sound Of Music Live” (ITV Studios), “Theory of Relativity” (Drayton Arms), “Blame Canada” (St James Theatre), “Sweeney Todd” (Harrington’s Pie Shop/Shaftesbury Avenue).

As Pianist: Gaby Roslin Show (BBC Radio London), David Grindrod Casting, Will Burton Casting, National Theatre, Debbie O’Brien Casting, The Really Useful Group.

James recently worked as children’s Vocal Coach for Disney’s live-action “Beauty & The Beast”, and is also a tutor at The Urdang Academy, LAMDA, ArtsEd & City Academy.


Mykal Rand


Mykal’s director and choreographer credits include, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds her Chameleon Skin, (Theatre Royal Stratford East) Rent, (Mark Goucher Productions, UK Tour), Evita, Grease (Bronowski/Danielle Tarento Productions, Festival Ljubljana), Starlight Express (R.U.G/BKL, U.K. Tour, Asian Tour), Hair (Bronowski Productions, Festival Ljubljana), Jesus Christ Superstar (Bronowski Productions, Festival Ljubljana), Fame (Bronowski Productions, Monaco), Smokey Joe’s Café (Landor Theatre): Supernatural (Giant Olive Theatre): Purlie (Bridewell Theatre): Passion (Bridewell Theatre), Release The Beat (Arcola Theatre) and Golden Boy (Greenwich Theatre).

Performance credits include, Tom Collins in Rent (Triumph Proscenium Productions, West End, Mark Goucher, UK Tour and Hands Turn Productions, Dublin): Electra in Starlight Express (RUG, BKL and MEHR Entertainment): Simba in The Lion King (Disney, West End): Charlie in Show Boat (David Ian Productions, West End), Ken in Smokey Joes Café (ATG, Istanbul), Gitlow in Purlie (Bridewell): The Boss in Hot Stuff, (Leicester Haymarket): Rhythm Boy, My One & Only, (ATG, West End): Stretch in Oh! What a Night (UK Tour).

He can also be seen playing an Apostle in the Emmy award-winning version of Jesus Christ Superstar (Really Useful Films).

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