Contributed as Part of Our Students Testimonials Series

I recently started the 4 Month Advanced Musical Theatre Course at Associated Studios. Only being 7 weeks into the course, I can say that I’m very impressed with the standard of the classes, directors I’ve worked with and the focus of the curriculum. I had taken a break from performing after being lulled into desiring more security from my work life. The dependable paycheque that allows for holidays, travel, planning, dinners and all the luxuries that come with it… After a few years of this, I realised something was missing. I changed jobs and tried a different sector. Again after time, something wasn’t quite as rewarding as I’d hoped. The money certainly wasn’t a source of happiness, perhaps the opposite to be honest.

After swallowing the hard pill of realising what I really wanted from life, I took a year to get myself back in shape and prepare for what was definitely going to happen, whether it killed me or not. I wanted to begin auditioning again and to live my life as a performer. I’d rather be restricted financially yet fulfilled than live a life as the empty shell I was becoming. Every film I watched, every play I attended had become a source of torture… a display that reminded me of my bad decisions, reminded me that I give up. When push comes to shove, I believed I would give up.

Now. That is not me. The very idea of this was breaking my heart and breaking my relationships. (not to mention my poor little liver…)

I gathered my thoughts, bite down and went for it. After having a few private lessons with Leontine Hass, I was filled with that same old feeling, the burning desire to be the best performer I can be. After some research for short courses that would help me re-enter the performing world, I had many recommendations from old friends that suggested Associated Studios. What luck that Leo was my teacher! We spoke for some time about the course. I auditioned and managed to secure a place.

I’ve had previous success. Nothing to really cause a parade but I had worked professionally for a few years. I’ve also had previous professional training and I can whole heartedly say the ‘Acting Through Song’ classes at Associated Studios are great! They’re with current industry professionals, they call me out on my bad habits and know what to suggest to really get the specifics out of the song. The Dance classes are strong, long and break my stiff soul. The Acting classes have managed to get my mind connected with the text again. It’s safe to say, I’m loving it! I feel more confident now than I ever expected.

Associated Studios is very handy to get to, 5 minutes from Barons Court station. My course runs on Sundays and Mondays so I can fit it in around my busy schedule.

A massive thanks for Leontine and the rest of the team…

Let’s see what happens at the showcase. Hopefully this is the before to a great story of “After”.

Leontine Hass – CEO

Founding Principal | Vocal Coach
Leontine Hass is an internationally renowned Vocal Coach and Principal of the Associated Studios London Performing Arts Academy.

Leontine Hass is currently vocal coach for Motown at The Shaftesbury Theatre London. She has served as vocal coach to Matt Henry (Lola in Kinky Boots West End), Alice Stokoe (Sophie in Mamma Mia, West End), Gloria Onitiri (Lead in The Bodyguard & Hair, West End), Claire Sweeney (Tell Me on a Sunday) and many other leads and swings in the West End, national and international tours of productions such as Thriller-Live, Oliver!, Carousel, Parade, Tell Me on a Sunday, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, Witches of Eastwick, Nine, The Wizard of Oz, Ragtime, Sweeney Todd, Cats, Sister Act, We Will Rock You, Footloose, Wicked, The Sound of Music, Ghost, Hairspray, Porgy and Bess, The Bodyguard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jersey Boys, Barnum, Miss Saigon, Book of Mormon, Mamma Mia, In the Heights, The Color Purple, Memphis, Spamalot, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Aladdin, Chicago, The Pyjama Game, Kinky Boots and the upcoming production of Dreamgirls.

Leontine coaches members of The Swingle Singers, Collabro, The Magnets, The Sons of Pitches and classical singers with ENO, Welsh National Opera and ROH, as well as Pop/Rock/Jazz singers. Leontine was the Vocal Coach for shows including the London premiere of Bernarda Alba the Musical, and currently the a cappella hit, ‘Gobsmacked’.

Leontine teaches workshops and lectures internationally on singing, voice and performance. She rehabilitates voices after surgery, or as surgery prevention. She has taught at leading Music & Drama Schools including GSA Conservatoire, the Oxford School of Drama, Mountview, LSMT, YMT, The Brit School, La Salle (Singapore), the Queensland Conservatorium, Centre Stage and The VCA (Melbourne).

Leontine has acted as vocal consultant to various music management/production companies, including ITV and the BBC. Leontine is vocal coach for ‘The Voice’ for BBC TV. She was featured as a mentor/vocal coach on the Gareth Malone show, ‘The Naked Choir’, for BBC2 and will also be involved with Series 2. She is a regular columnist at voicecouncil.com and for The Stage newspaper. She is a contributor to ‘The Singer’s Complete Guide to Vocal Health’ (Oxford Uni. Press), and advisor/contributor to ‘The Ultimate Guide to Singing’ published by TC Helicon in 2014.

Having originally trained as a classical singer (BA, Melb. Uni, BMus. Kings College London, Dip. RAM), Leontine has performed as a singer and actress in concert, theatre and TV.

Leontine is the CEO/Founding Principal of the Associated Studios Performing Arts Academy London, which she founded in 2007, then based at The Royal Academy of Music. Associated Studios provides full-time and part-time training and professional development in Musical Theatre and Opera (www.associatedstudios.co.uk). The Board of Directors includes Rory Bremner (Chair), Patrick Lawrence QC and Dr Christopher Stewardson. Patrons include Sir Tim Rice, Jeremy Irons, Jeremy Herrin, Timothy West and Scott Alan.

Leontine is represented by Lesley Duff at Diamond Management.