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Naomi Albans

HMTS Principal and Outreach Manager (she/her)

Naomi trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts gaining an MA in Acting with Distinction.

As well as her experience performing and directing, Naomi has over 15 years teaching and youth theatre management experience. She has worked in a variety of educational settings and young offender institutions across the northwest and beyond, delivering workshops and sessions to compliment the national curriculum.  She is a licenced chaperone for TV and Theatre and also works in children’s casting. Naomi also has lots of experience working in pre-school settings and as a kids entertainer! Naomi also is Hope Mill Theatre’s Outreach Manager and Designated Safeguarding Officer. She can be contacted on

Jason Tinney

Dance/Am Dram Choreographer (he/him)

Jason trained at The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge and The Royal Ballet Upper School, Covent Garden. During his time at The Royal Ballet school he performed with The Royal Ballet Company at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He also worked with Birmingham Royal Ballet Company and even performed at Windsor Castle for the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family. Jason then went on to train for a further 3 years at Laine theatre arts college. After graduating Jason was lucky enough to be offered a job with Grayboy Entertainment Agency. With Grayboy Jason worked On Board various cruise ships & travelled all over the world. Jason has been working as a choreographer & also teaching at various performing arts colleges for the past 5 years.

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Anna Carley

Acting (she/her)

Anna trained as an actor and theatre maker at the University of Leeds and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. But she began her performer training in Musical Theatre at Pendleton College. Since finishing her training she has worked as both an actor and creative in a variety of different projects. Her performance experience includes touring theatre across Italy, performing Shakespeare outdoors and short films. Anna has training in multiple disciplines from acting for both stage and screen, devising and improvisation, movement and ensemble work, in addition to singing. She has a wide experience of teacher and facilitator experience both in and out of the Manchester area and has even directed children overseas. She has been the acting tutor for Hope Mill Theatre School for over a year now and loves the Hope Mill family. 

Jumana Rwifa

Assistant Tutor (she/her)

Jumana studied English Literature with English Language at The University of Salford. Following on shortly she went on to Conquer an M’A in Creative Writing, innovation and experiment, with an emphasis on poetry to which she is still exploring today.

She is currently working as an assistant teacher at primary school level, helping children elevate to their best-self through their learning journey. Her favourite musical is The Little Prince. She very much looks forward to joining the Hope Mill Theatre School team, and assisting the young creatives to keep hold of a spirited and inspired learning approach!

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Ellie Griffin

Early Years Tutor (she/her)

Tinies and Mini tap/Ballet/Jazz

 Ellie is in her final year at The Institute of Contemporary Theatre, studying Acting. She loves dancing! Her favourite styles of dance are contemporary and street. She has worked as a dance tutor at Express t’Dance and Project M Dance Studios.

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Rachel Li

Ballet/Contemporary (she/her)

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Rachel is a Freelance Dance Artist in Contemporary/Ballet, Choreographer, Teacher and Pilates Instructor based in Manchester. 

She trained at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and toured nationally with Emergence Dance Company, where she graduated with Distinction in MA Dance Performance and Professional Practices under the Salford International Excellence Award from the University of Salford. 

As a dance artist, she has worked with a variety of artists and companies, including Lets All Dance Ballet Company, Joss Arnott Dance, Christopher Bruce CBE, Thick and Tight, Walk The Plank, Ruth Jones, and Ludus Dance. She also was an assistant choreographer for Manchester Parade in 2022 and recently a movement director for Jasmin Thien’s ‘I Dream in Colour’ in 2023.

Rachel is passionate about bringing dance to everybody. Apart from teaching at Hope Mill, she teaches workshops for Springs Dance Company and The Lowry (Outreach Artist-Centre For Advanced Training).

Loz Kaye

Choir Leader (he/him)

Loz Kaye has worked extensively as a Choir Leader, Musical Director, Composer and Vocal Teacher, and is a former Artistic Director of ACE NPO “More Music”. His music has been heard in performances all the way from Nashville, Tennessee to Okinawa, Japan. In musical theatre, his show “Cybershopping for Beginners” was commissioned by the Stephen Joseph Theatre, and he was the Musical Director of the Danish premiere of “Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens”. He is currently Director of Sound for the Separate Doors national ensemble.

He has taught extensively here and in Europe, and is former Head of Music at GITIS Scandinavia Drama School in Aarhus, Denmark. (His top celebrity namedrop former student is Kristofer Hivju in “Game of Thrones”!) He is a passionate advocate of the public power of song. While Musical Director of Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus, their campaign Safe to Sing highlighting homophobic violence won multiple awards.

He is also a former resident in Hope Mill’s Ancoats area, being a trustee of the Ancoats Canal Project and part of the campaign to Save Ancoats Dispensary.

Our Orchestra Leader Emily smiling holding a saxophone

Emily McArthur

Orchestra Leader (she/her)

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Joseph Clayton

Am Dram Company Musical Director (he/him)

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