ISTD Bursary Award Masterclasses 2020

Join the ISTD Theatre Faculties in February 2020 for a day of student masterclasses and observations for teachers, all led by industry experts. BOOK NOW

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Christie CrossonMusical Theatre Masterclass
Led by Christie Crosson

This masterclass is suitable for students aged 8 - 12 years old and will be a high energy session focused on storytelling through movement.

Featuring choreography from Big, The Musical students will have a chance to perform this exciting material which has recently been in the West End at the Dominion Theatre.

In addition, there will be a section on dance technique - working to apply technique in a musical theatre setting while ensuring that performance is at the heart of each movement.

Working both individually and in groups, the class will foster creativity in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Teacher Bio

Christie was professionally trained in Canada, RAD, ADAPT, CDTA.
Her theatre credits include:

  • Cynthia Benson in BIG THE MUSICAL (Dominion Theatre, West End)
  • Assistant Choreographer / Dance Captain / Ensemble in ELF THE ARENA SPECTACULAR (UK Arena Tour),
  • Ensemble in OKLAHOMA! (Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage),
  • Dance Captain / Swing in ELF THE MUSICAL (Plymouth/Salford),
  • Cynthia Benson in BIG THE MUSICAL (Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Dublin)
  • and many more!

For more information about Christie, please visit
Twitter: @christiecrosson


Akosua Boakye

West African Dance Masterclass
Led by Akosua Boakye BEM

This exhilarating class suitable for students aged 13 - 17 years old will work to build physical confidence, rhythmic sensibility, and competence in movement vocabulary from Africa and its diasporas. Participants will develop an awareness of stylistic features of the technique whilst using their body in creative and expressive ways, challenge their strength, flexibility, stamina and coordination.

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Teacher Bio

Akosua Boakye is a lecturer and PhD student at Canterbury Christ Church University. Between 2005 -2011 she was the director of Dance and Performing Arts at Kensington and Chelsea College where she introduced Dance from African and the Diaspora.

A recipient of the Association of Dance and the African Diaspora trailblazer fellowship and One Dance UK Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme Akosua is a freelance creative industry practitioner who works in education, theatre and community sectors.

Her roles include Dance Lecturer, Children’s Casting Coordinator for Disney’s West End musical, The Lion King, and is also the founder and director of AkomaAsa Performing Arts Academy which, amalgamates Western and African diasporic performing arts for young people aged 7–18. Her work focuses on developing young talent for careers in dance and the performing arts industry in Britain.

In August 2019 Akosua founded the Thea Barnes Legacy Fund (TBLF) - a donor-supported independent fund established to support individuals in creative and academic areas that reflect Barnes’ interest in dance, performing arts.

Twitter: @akomaasa
Facebook: @AkomaAsaAcademy
Instagram: @AkomaAsa_Arts

Bursary Awards Masterclasses