The Team


Our highly experienced teachers have had formal training in Performing Arts and/or are currently working in the industry.

Kim Southey

Principal & Drama Teacher


Kim founded the school in 2019, having recently completed an MA in Text and Performance at RADA. She is a Theatre Director, Writer and Teacher. Recent directing credits include: 30 Minutes (Theatre N16), Indignitas (Cockpit Theatre), My Recollection (Intermission Theatre), Growing Pains (RADA), The Rattlesnake's Kiss (Hen and Chickens Theatre), Bag Lady (Barons Court Theatre). Writing credits include: 30 Minutes (Theatre N16 and Intermission Theatre), Bana and Mary (Original Impact), Growing Pains (RADA), Egg-Shaped Prick (Chewboy Productions). Kim has also directed countless youth musicals and plays for theatre schools and in festivals around Hertfordshire, with the Barn Theatre, Splitz and Stagecoach. Kim set up Mimic - the professional theatre company and youth theatre in 2018, and the stage school shortly after. @kimsouthey www.kimsouthey.co.uk

Jade Marriott

Dance Teacher

Jade graduated in 2016 from Bodywork Company Studios where she was offered a DADA scholarship to train in professional Dance and Musical Theatre. Jade's credits include performing as a Professional Dancer and Assistant Choreographer for the Hawthorne Theatre in Cinderella and Dick Whittington. In 2017 Jade worked in Mallorca as a comperè and performer for TUI. Her recent credits include touring and performing at the Market Theatre as an actress playing Wicked Wilma for Dick Whittington and also playing the Princess in the Market Theatre's Adult Pantomime in 2018. Jade has a great passion for choreographing and is looking forward to many more year of working with the talented Mimic students!  @jademarriott94 www.jademarriott.co.uk/index.php

Gemma Barnes

Singing Teacher

Gemma trained at The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London, and has been working professionally ever since, performing in the UK, abroad and on cruise ships. Alongside performing Gemma also teaches as it's something she is really passionate about, seeing the confidence and knowledge of a young student continue to grow, week after week, gaining an insight into the industry and learning important life skills. Gemma has years of teaching and performance experience, and is really proud to be able to share her passion with the children and young adults at Mimic Stage School! www.gemmaannebarnes.com

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Abbie Reck

Dance & Musical Theatre Teacher/ Social Media & Marketing Assistant

Abbie graduated in 2019 with a BA Hons Degree in Dance and Performance from Buckinghamshire New University. Here Abbie specialised in jazz. Abbie has danced since the age of three and has many ISTD certificates in modern, tap and ballet. She has also been teaching locally since 2012. Abbie's directing credits include 'Annie' & 'Camp Rock' with Expressions Youth Theatre. She also founded an award winning Musical Theatre Society at University.

Tayler Bush

Acrobatics & Dance Teacher

Tayler graduated from Italia Conti Arts Centre where she did a diploma in Performing arts and achieved her DDIs in Modern and Tap. Tayler fell into teaching soon after graduating adding to her teaching qualification which includes her Acrobatics Arts qualification. Tayler has been teaching dance since 2014 and Acrobatics since 2018. She has a huge passion seeing children achieve their goals and grow their talent each week within class. Tayler is really exciting to be apart of Mimic. 

Bethany Filler

Drama Teacher


Bethany started her professional journey as a child, attending the Sylvia Young Theatre School from the age of 10. She then went on to gain her DDI teaching qualification from the ISTD syllabus in both Tap and Modern, before continuing her training at Bodywork Company, where she left with a level 6 Diploma in Musical Theatre, and was awarded the Triple Threat Award. Whilst training, and since Graduating, Bethany has worked professionally in numerous shows, including Hairspray, Sister Act, Rapunzel the musical, The Producers and Singing in the rain as well as appearing in various pantos, and most recently completing a 6 month contract in the Caribbean where

she starred in shows such as Alice in Wonderland, Jungle Book and Treasure Island, as well as being the lead actor and singer in a cabaret style show called Dolce Vita. Bethany has also been teaching since the age of 15. Bethany's favourite thing about teaching is watching her students grow in confidence and leave the class with a big smile on their face after a good session of working hard!

Patsy Smith

Mini's Teacher 

& School Assistant

Patsy is currently Studying on the BA HONS Education, Teaching and Learning Degree at The University of Hertfordshire. Patsy has been a part of Mimic for a long time; she was a student at the original school for many years. Patsy has been dancing since the age of 3 and has completed up to Grade 6 in Modern, Tap and Ballet and has also experienced in styles such as Jazz and Musical Theatre. Patsy's experience includes representing England in the Dance World Cup where she gained a silver medal. She has been in many of the Hawthorne Theatre Pantomimes including Sleeping Beauty and Beauty & the Beast.  Patsy has a passion working with children and really enjoys working with the Mini's as she enjoys helping them as they  start their journey into performing. 

Mary Portalska

Show Assistant/

Fees and Membership Administrator

Mary has been involved in theatre for the last four years, helping behind the scenes on a variety of shows including The Little Mermaid, The Wizard of Oz and Spamalot, as well as several pantomimes. She loves sourcing and making costumes (with limited sewing skills!) and is always ready backstage with a safety pin. She likes the challenge of finding and creating props (her favourite tool is her hot glue gun!) and has also been involved with designing and painting theatre sets. Last year she wrote a pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, which was performed by local theatre group Digswell Players in Welwyn, as well as four other theatre groups around the country. She is excited about being part of the Mimic team and is looking forward to being involved in their amazing shows.

Dean Tanner

Technical Director/Videographer

Dean graduated from The University of the Lincoln in 2012 with a degree in Film and Media. He has worked in Television for the past six years, as a Producer and Edit Producer. Most recently, Dean has worked on the last few series of long-running Channel 5 documentary series GPs Behind Closed Doors. Other credits include: Breaking the Taboo (Sundog Pictures), 24 Hours in A&E (Channel 4), 24 Hours in Police Custody (Channel 4), The Detectives (BBC2) (Channel 4), and Tyger Takes On (BBC 3). Dean has assisted in youth productions both with Splitz School of Dance and Drama and the Barn Theatre. Dean is also the Technical Director for Mimic Theatre Company.