Our Team

Led By West End Professionals

All of the teaching staff at Vibe Arts have:

  • Trained at CDET or CDS accredited Drama or Dance Schools 

  • Enhanced DBS checks

  • Extensive teaching experience

  • Worked professionally in the industry, with many currently involved in it 

See below for full Bios...​

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Matthew Rowland

Principal, Dance Teacher and LAMDA Coach

Matthew was most recently a Swing and cover for the roles of Dr Pomatter and Ogie in Waitress the Musical, West End.  In Summer of 2019 Matthew appeared in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium, directed by Laurence Connor.  Prior to this he played the role of Skimbleshanks in the International Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats the Musical. Matthew has also played the role of Doctor in the RSC’S West End production of Matilda the Musical (Cambridge Theatre).  In April 2016 he finished a two-year contract in the West End performing in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane) where he was also Assistant Children's Director and covered the role of Mr Beauregarde. 

Previous performance roles include Boy George in Taboo (10th anniversary revival, Brixton Club House, Broadway World UK Awards nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical) and Alf in Darling of the Day (Union). Just before Charlie, Matthew reprised his role of Boy George in the New York 10th anniversary concerts of Taboo (54 Below). Matthew choreographed Stephen Sondheim's Putting It Together (St James Theatre and G Live, Guildford).  He can also be heard on the The Confession Room concept recording (SimG Records) in the role of Frank.  

Matthew graduated with a 1st Class BA (Hons) in musical theatre from Arts Educational School in 2012. He is a professional mentor for the Council for Dance Education and Training, mentoring students in Higher Dance and Drama education as they enter the industry.  He is also a licensed professional Chaperone and First Aid Trained.

He has been teaching Musical Theatre for many years and held Head of Dance positions at various schools including Masquerade Theatre Arts and Stagecoach academies.  He has also worked within various vocational colleges including Arts Educational Schools London, The Brit School of Performing Arts, Emil Dale Studios, London Studio Centre and Pineapple Dance Studios.  As well as performing he works professionally as a Choreographer in the industry and has choreographed the musicals Fame! and A Chorus Line at The Bob Hope Theatre for Glenlyn Academy.

He is thrilled to be principal of Vibe Arts in his home of Kent and is passionate about delivering unique training to promising young students.

www.matthewrowland.co.uk

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Alex Turney

Principal and Singing Teacher

Alex graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in musical theatre from the Arts Educational Schools London in 2012. Since graduating he has performed on many stages in the West End; in the actor musician production of Once (The Phoenix Theatre) as well as various shows at The Palace Theatre, The Prince of Wales Theatre, Theatre Royal Drury Lane and The Royal Opera House.

 

For many years Alex has been performing both internationally and across the U.K. He has; performed as a solo pianist and guitarist, fronted an eclectic mix of bands and taken the role of resident musician/singer in hotels. He has a repertoire of well over 500 songs and many themed sets.

 

He has performed at the prestigious Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London's Soho, at the Regent Street Festival, at Spotify's London HQ, on The Big Top stage at the Isle of Wight festival as well as The Calling Festival, Fusion Festival in Germany, Blue Balls Festival in Switzerland and Kendal Calling.

 

As well as performing, Alex has spent a vast amount of his time teaching all over the country. He has taught at many professional musical theatre colleges including ArtsEd, The Brighton Academy and Chichester College as well as lecturing at the University of Farnham. He has also been a singing teacher at many different Stagecoaches for a number of years and has been musical director for countless shows. He is trained in Paediatric First Aid.

 

Alex is incredibly passionate about 'Vibe Arts’ and being a part of the team delivering exceptional and unique Musical Theatre training to young people. 

 

www.alexturney.co.uk

Hollie Roberts

Head of Junior Vibe and Drama Teacher

Hollie studied musical theatre and dance at Bird College, graduating in 2018. Prior to this, she went to Italia Conti Associates where she then began her journey as a performer and then teacher. Since graduating she has been in Sleeping Beauty (2018) and Cinderella (2019) at The Riverfront Theatre (Newport, Wales) where she has covered lead roles and also acted as dance captain. 

 

After starting in the dance world later than the ‘norm’ and having brilliant teachers herself, she is determined to make classes accessible to anyone with a passion for it, no matter what their experience or background may be. Hollie is an energetic, honest and dedicated teacher who adapts her classes to ensure she gets the most out her students. Hollie believes that learning should be fun and exciting, therefore aims to create a safe environment where we learn to fall down together, laugh together but we always get up and try again.

 

When working with younger children, Hollie is passionate about using her musical theatre skills to bring their imaginations to life. Hollie loves to give children the space to explore their voice and opinions while learning to work as a team and always having lots of fun! Through games and storytelling, she uses drama to teach those all important skills that are essential for children to feel confident within any social situation. ‘Play is our favourite way of learning’. 

Michael Riley

Visiting Musical Director

Michael studied at Trinity College of Music where he trained as a classical pianist and conductor. He is currently the music director for the 2021 production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock.

Recent theatre includes: The Bodyguard (UK Tour), An Officer and a Gentleman (UK Tour), Nativity! The Musical (UK Tour), Legally Blonde (Curve, Leicester & International), The Wild Party (Other Palace), Grease (Curve, Leicester & Dubai), The Sound of Music (UK Tour), Jesus Christ Superstar (Germany), The Glenn Miller Story (UK Tour), Sam Bailey: Live in the West End (Lyric), Lee Mead in Concert (UK Tour), Hairspray: The Musical (Macau, China), NewsRevue, The Last Five Years (Greenwich Theatre), Oscar Wilde's De Profundis (Leicester Square Theatre).

Chiara Laferla

Vibe Arts School Assistant

Chiara is looking forward to studying Drama and English at university because she believes that storytelling not only enhances communication skills, it is also extremely engaging. She is currently finishing her Drama, English Literature and Sociology A-Levels at Langley Park School for Boys, where she has participated in every production she could through performance, stage management, set design and makeup. Her favourite roles she played so far are Crystal in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ (2021) and the Fool in her sixth form Shakespeare Company’s ‘King Lear’ (2019).

In 2018, she competed in the Speak Out Challenge Finals at the Cambridge Theatre and then became a public speaking Ambassador, helping teenagers find their voice and interviewing them on their passions. Chiara believes that everybody deserves to rock their spotlight and celebrate themselves, including through performing arts. She is bubbly with a positive can do attitude and loves reminding others that they can too as unique individuals. As a past tutor and current child-care worker for little children, she constantly finds creative ways to make learning fun. 

Musical Theatre excites Chiara as she enjoys watching and participating in every aspect of it that she can, especially acting when delivering drama workshops for younger years at school. In wake of gaining work experience at the Vibe Arts West End Week 2019, Chiara was ecstatic to rejoin the Vibe Arts Team and share her love for theatre with many smiles, laughs and the enthusiastic energy children can champion so well.