As a New Zealander who is coming to the end of two wonderful years in London, it’s hard not to reflect on what a great career move it was. Being from a smaller part of the world, whilst the Theatre industry is bustling, it was hard not to yearn towards the bright lights of the West End. I have been the Office Manager for Associated Studios in London for around 10 months and I am about to embark on the exciting adventure of General Manager in Australia.

I studied Theatre at Victoria University of Wellington and whilst I knew pretty quickly I didn’t want to become a performer, I saw my friends and colleagues around me succeeding with their training but then being stumped as to what’s next. They had no connections to the Theatre industry outside of their backyard and had limited options as to where they could further their training in Australasia.

As we prepare to open our Australian branch (Applications close November 1st, so get those applications in!), I can’t help but be excited about the ‘Gateway to London’ that we are providing for our future Australian students. Students who complete the Intensive year in Melbourne have the option to follow this with a further four months in London. This four month provides skills and industry training where they have a Graduating Showcase with the top Casting Directors & Agents in the UK. Further to this, our Foundation students can follow their first year with our Intensive course and then go on to complete the fourth term in London, making up a complete 2-year vocational training for students wishing to embark on a career in Musical Theatre.

The connections that I have made whilst living in London and working at Associated Studios are like no other. The industry is a wonderful community to be a part of and one that has been most beneficial to my career in Arts Management and is even more beneficial to a Musical Theatre performer.

Another thing I have loved about moving to London is all the theatre I have been able to be immersed in as an audience member. London’s theatre industry is booming – box office ticket sales for Musical Theatre have increased by 50% in the last year. This will only increase as London receives many Broadway to West End transfers (Come from Away, Waitress and Dear Evan Hansen just to name a few) so London is a very exciting place to be. Like London, Melbourne has a lot to offer in the Arts as is similarly receiving a lot of shows from the West End & Broadway and has a buzzing Musical Theatre community with some amazing industry practitioners who are spreading their talents both nationally and internationally.

Australia, we are so excited about launching in 2019 and we can’t wait to see the talent you have to offer on Audition day. As you can see this is an amazing opportunity to really launch your Musical Theatre career in both Melbourne and London and I can’t wait to support you through your journey. To apply please visit https://associatedstudios.co.uk/associated-studios-australia/

Briar Franks
General Manager
Associated Studios Australia

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.