The education faculty at The Garage has a wealth of experience from school and college teaching, managing performance projects, to lecturing at Higher Education. All of our staff have gained crucial experience within the industry and we use these real world skills to enhance our delivery. The team are highly energetic and work tirelessly to support and nurture the talent of our students to achieve their goals. We offer an inclusive approach to learning and treat each student as an individual within the overall cohort or team group.
As a professional performing arts organisation we are proud to offer something different to the normal education progression routes. we embed all our teaching and student development into the professional performing arts industry as well as offering extra benefits that traditional colleges and universities cannot provide.
ADAM TAYLOR (HE/HIM)
HEAD OF CENTRE
Adam has had a long relationship with the organisation, having attended drama courses at The Garage as a young person before joining the Trust in 2008 as Technical Manager after graduating from UEA with a BA(Hons) in Drama.
He later moved onto City College Norwich as Course Lead for Production Arts and achieved a Masters in Creative Producing at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Adam secured a reputation for supporting students to further their training or employment with a 100% progression rate from his courses.
In 2012 Adam returned to The Garage as Production and Operations Manager. He has been an integral part of the senior leadership team and in driving the organisation forward.
BETH NORMAN (SHE/HER)
Beth joined The Garage in 2019, as Learning Manager after working in the Further Education sector for 11 years.
She started as a Student Adviser at Easton College in 2008 after completing her studies at City College Norwich. After gaining her Level 6 qualification in Careers Guidance, Beth was promoted to become Student Services Manager, and then became Head of Student Services, over-seeing the Student and Careers service departments.
She has been involved in dance and performing arts, as a participant, student and teacher since the age of 5, and since joining The Garage delivers ballet for ages 2-7 as well as dance fitness on the participation programme. Beth is a strong believer in life-long learning and achieved a degree in English Literature (creative writing pathway) through the Open University in 2019.
DICCON HOGGER (HE/HIM)
ACCREDITED COURSES MANAGER / HNC PROGRAMME LEADER LECTURER
Diccon began his training at Middlesex University gaining a BA Hons in Performing Arts – Dance. In 2002, he was the first foreign performer to dance with Lithuanian based Aura Sokia Danz Theatre. Since then he has consistently working as a Dance Artist / Performer / Choreographer with eXtant Performance Company, Vitamin G, X3 Collective, KD Productions (Russia, Romania), BoXed, Ersatz Dance Company and Base Dance (Artistic Director) a project funded education and performance company.
Diccon’s passion for knowledge transference is evident in his career history and has worked for various eastern region dance agencies as a Dance Development Artist. Diccon lecturered at the University of Bedfordshire for 9 years, teaching on the under-graduate dance and performing arts programmes as well as lecturing on the post-graduate Master’s courses before joining The Garage team to set up and deliver the HNC Foundation Programme in Performing Arts in 2017.
SAM WEBBER (HE/HIM)
HNC PROGRAMME LECTURER (ACTING) / GCSE PROGRAMME SUPPORT
Sam is a Norwich-based producer/director/tutor, who works across the county in theatres, schools and community groups to create accessible, exciting drama. As a co-founder /producer of the current iteration of the Norwich Fringe, Sam has brought paid performance opportunities to almost 200 local artists, as well as commissioning 5 brand new pieces of local work. Notable artistic projects include co-writing/starring in Death and the Data Processor, an adult puppet comedy which toured the UK Fringe scene, and editing/directing …and they whisper down the lane, a physical theatre ghost story, with SHUD Theatre. Outside of work, Sam co-hosts the podcasts Play Ground, Norwich Fringe Focus, and Sam & Molly Do The L Word, featuring a variety of academic discussions of plays, interviews with local creatives, and media analysis.
HNC PROGRAMME VOCAL COACH
Andrés began his musical studies in Venezuela and was awarded a scholarship by The British Council (the first for a Venezuelan musician) to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Here he specialised in Early Music, where his teachers included Dame Emma Kirkby, before obtaining a Postgraduate Certificate and a Postgraduate Advanced Diploma from Trinity College of Music. He has performed extensively in both the UK and in continental Europe, as well as in South America and the Middle East. Highlight title roles include Handel’s Acis, Purcell’s Aeneas and Milhaud’s Le Pauvre Matelot, and he has also sung leading parts in operas by Monteverdi, Mozart, Delibes, Ravel, Holst and Poulenc, among others. He has appeared extensively with professional opera companies in the UK, including Grange Park Opera and Sounds Lyrical. Andrés is also in demand as a singing teacher and music history lecturer.
GCSE DANCE TUTOR
Sarah has been dancing since the age of six, studying dance in Canada as well as in the UK. She has had a varied dance career so far, working as a Dance Coach in Norfolk primary and secondary schools and as a Community Dance Artist for DanceEast before completing her PGCE in dance. Since then she has taught in secondary schools in London as Head of Dance and worked as a Dance Mentor for young offenders through Dance United, before returning to Norfolk to continue with teaching and leading dance.
She has an extensive knowledge of dance qualifications ranging from GCSE and A-Level Dance to BTEC. She has also been an AQA GCSE Dance Moderator and Examiner for the past 5 years.