There’s no denying it, 2020 has been one very bumpy rollercoaster ride and not one anyone would wish to ride again anytime soon. The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the Arts industry particularly hard. On Wednesday 18th March 2020, like many other drama schools and institutions we made the difficult decision to close the doors of our beautiful studios in Kensington and Chelsea. We had no idea how long the lockdown would last and things felt very uncertain. We had no idea quite when we would be able to open our doors again and we were concerned about our graduating class of 2020.

 

The students had worked so hard and are such a uniquely talented bunch of young performers. We were a week out from our professional Agent Showcase which we unfortunately had to postpone and just about to go into full-time rehearsals for our production of ‘Bad Girls’ the Musical with an incredible creative team, consisting of Bronagh Lagan, Matt Samer and Ste Clough. We were incredibly disappointed that these things had to be put on pause.

However, we remained hopeful. We are incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by enthusiastic students, talented tutors and hard working staff. 

As time went on, we realised we weren’t going to be able to return to the building as quickly as we had hoped. However, we decided this wasn’t going to stop us. One of the greatest things about Associated Studios, is that we are a small school with very high standards, which gives us the opportunity and commitment to be as flexible as we need to be. The students’ training is always at the forefront of our minds. Whilst most drama schools moved their entire courses online, we decided we weren’t going to do that. We wanted to still give the students as much face to face training as we possibly could. So, we decided to delay 6 weeks of training and for the students to return end of August to work on their performance projects with fantastic tutors including Casting Director, Danielle Tarento and Musical Director extraordinaire, Greg Arrowsmith. This way, we can honour the students’ training, give them a fantastic performance experience in a theatre (albeit on film rather that in front of an audience), whilst also ensuring we operate in line with the government’s guidelines around social distancing and Covid-19 rules.

In the meantime, we moved some of our classes online, but only the classes that could effectively be accommodated on everybody’s favourite online forum, ZOOM!

We were delighted. Our students and tutors have adapted so well to online classes and the results have been incredibly positive. During their time online, students have been working on a ‘Kander and Ebb Review’, Shakespeare, Role Study and many other classes including Vocal Technique, Voice, Dance Technique and Fitness and Self Tape.

Yes, these are not the challenges we were expecting to face, but we turned a scary and uncertain time into something positive and rewarding. We extended the course dates to ensure students are keeping up with their skills. We cannot wait to return face to face next month (albeit 2 metres apart!) 

More importantly, we can’t wait to celebrate the positivity and resilience our graduating class of 2020 have shown. In some way shape or form, these students will get their agent showcase and we cannot wait for these exciting, young Actors to go out into this beautiful industry.

Joshua Yeardley
Course Coordinator and Production Manager

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.