Drama Teacher

Emma Barnsley

Christopher Radford is originally from Birmingham and started dancing as a member of ACE dance&music’s youth company, under the direction of Gail and Ian Parmel. He continued on to Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, in which he completed the foundation and degree course with first class honours. After graduating in 2014 he completed a postgraduate apprenticeship achieving a distinction with Scottish Dance Theatre; and moved on to become a freelance artist, performing both nationally and internationally with companies such as Scottish Dance Theatre, ACE dance&music, Corey Baker Dance, Heather Walrond Company; and teaching with UOB School, St. Chads Primary, DanceXchange and Udance.

Emma has always had a great passion for singing and Drama since she appeared on stage at the early age of 5 where she has sung and acted ever since. Performing arts has been present in Emma’s life since an early age and has been on the stage in various roles in different musicals. She studied music and Drama at GSCE and A’level where she gained A’s in her singing performances. Emma then went on to study Performing Arts at University of Wolverhampton where she gained a BA Drama and Performance degree in 2010.

Since the age of 14 Emma has worked in various jobs working with children in drama schools and youth related jobs. Emma’s current job is working for Dudley Performing Arts as a singing teacher in 6 schools providing single and group lessons to pupils in primary schools and secondary schools. Also she runs her own company, Emma Parker Vocal tuition which she teachers from her studio at home and also works in 3 other private schools.  Emma also teaches at Muisc 2000 and virtuoso as a vocal Coach.

Emma over the years has worked in many establishments such as the Wolverhampton Grand theatre as an Assistant vocal coach for the childrens Glee Club, Wolverhampton Stage School, Drama and music teacher teaching GSCE Music and Drama at North-east Wolverhampton Academy. 

Emma worked at Big Arena from December 2012 as a vocal Coach and has worked along side Mike Venables. Emma took over Big Arena January 2016 as Manager and renamed the company Big Arena Performing Arts. 

Big Arena Drama was founded in 2009 by Mike Venables. Mike was the drama teacher and manager since 2009. However in December 2015 Mike Decided to end his Big Arena Journey and start a new journey with his own public speaking company. Emma Parker took over manger January 2016 and renamed the comapany Big Arena Performing Arts.  Since Emma has started she open up another branch so Big Arena performing arts has two branches one in Sutton Coldfield and one in Bilston. 

​Hi my name Is Sue i have been performing since i was 13 .I have had lots of experienec running vocal groups putting on shows such as the lion king and cabaret.I have performed on radio ,and different types of venues.i am a member of a choir also "the counterpoint choir" and previously "Musicality".I studied performance at college and have sang at theatres and clubs .I have worked with children from the age of 3 months untill 16.I have specialised in supporting SEND students for the last 10 years within a school setting.I believe in enjoying performance and making it fun for everyone while learning key skills for performance.I have also been part of ASAPS amateur dramatics club putting on performances for 15 years.

James Walsh

Drama Assistant 

James started at Big Arena in 2009 where he was quite shy but the next week he soon jumped right in with the older group where then that day he got the part of Mr Salt in the play ‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’ and from there he moved on to playing the part of Prince Charming in ‘Cinderella’ . Progressing to a main part meant that he’s come a long to being a great actor. He then moved on to being Dandy Dan in the play ‘Bugsy Malone’.  Then in 2015 moved on to playing the role of the Wizard in the production ‘The Wizard of OZ’ all of which were full scale productions. Outside of the Big Arena he has achieved a grade 3 distinction and a grade 4 merit in a LAMDA but all to the thanks of Big Arena. He dedicates his all to acting but not only that in early 2015 he was offered a job at Big Arena to help and support the kids out and tidying the studio. His predicated GCSE grades are as follows: English-B, Maths-C, Music-C, Product Design-B and BTEC science-merit (B). Other thing he’s achieved is a bronze award in DofE which involves volunteering, skills and physical challenges and 2 day expedition. His hobbies are Drama and running. He has a verity of interests for the future such making his own business or working in something that involves what he loves most which is drama. He has also accepted a course in performing arts diploma 3 at Sutton collage where he can pursue his dreams.     

Emma Parker Manger

Bilston Staff

Sutton Coldfield Staff

Vocal Coach

Suzie Lambeth

My name is Emma. I have an long history in Drama, specifically teaching. I have my degree in drama (BA hons) and have extensively studied practitoners and techniques from the recent past to expand and improve my knowledge. I love performing arts and am passionate about helping young people to enjoy performance. I always strive to be friendly and approachable and am happy to help with any part of the performance process or any concerns. 

Dance Teacher 

Christopher Radford 

About our company

Drama Teacher

Kate Roche

Kate started learning stage and screen techniques when attending The Garrick Rep School of Acting for 5 years. From there she has performed in many productions from Shakespeare in the Park to independent short films at film festivals as well as The Crescent Theatre in Birmingham. She studied a Foundation in Acting at Birmingham school of Acting. Here she had lessons in Movement, voice, contextual studies and stage combat. She gained a Grade 8 Distinction in the Trinity College London Award for Plays in Production. Along with this she had the privilege of performing on Shakespeare's Globe in London. During the week days she works for a Talent Agency in London gaining inside knowledge of the performing arts industry. She originally taught French through drama in her home town and on a work placement in France teaching English. She now enjoys sharing her love for the theatre with young people here at Big Arena.

Catherine Forrest Dance Teacher

My curiosity for dance began at a young age. It was at 8-9 years old that I found myself attending regular dance classes first as a hobby which later flourished into a possible career pathway. My passion has seen me through college and university where I achieved a BTEC National Diploma and Bachelor Honours Degree both in Dance. My background in dance includes an extensive range of techniques which include the traditional conventions of Ballet, Contemporary and Musical Theatre, but also touch upon the controversial styles of Indian, African and Street Dance.

Now, equipped with the correct skills and tools I have been able to overcome many obstacles and achievements, some of them have given me the opportunity to travel around the U.K as well as overseas. Not only has Dance offered me the pleasure in teaching but also the professional aspect to perform on stage including a range of musicals, live concerts and competitions.

Now, working with Big Arena my goal is to transfer these tools within my current students in hope that too will peruse their dreams as rising performers.​​

Sara started dancing at a young age in ballet, tap and modern and was a member of Swindon Dance Gifted & Talented CAT program for five years. After a two year foundation degree at Liberatus School of Performing Arts (achieving Distinction), she proceeded to Northern School of Contemporary Dance and gained a first class BPA(Hons) degree in Contemporary Dance in 2014. She has danced professionally around the UK and Europe and, in collaboration with Christopher Radford, choreographed and performed two solos in Birmingham and Barcelona. Sara has taught at community, youth and professional level for companies such as ACE dance&music, Dance Generation (Birmingham DanceXchange CADT program), RDC Youth and University of Birmingham School. Sara is also employed as a lead dance facilitator with Create Arts,a charity delivering creative workshops to disadvantaged and vulnerable children and adults.

Sara Macqueen

Dance Teacher