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About Our Founders

Stage-Ed was founded by Michael Southern and Stephen Palfreman, leading men in the West End production of Willy Russell’s award-winning smash hit musical Blood Brothers.

Stage-Ed  has worked with thousands of students delivering their workshops in schools across the UK, and internationally. Their work covers all UK exam boards including the International Baccalaureate.

Our workshops have been created by practitioners that not only have an incredible body of work behind them with regards to their stage work, but more importantly they are incredible educators.

Our aim is to inspire students of all academic levels, bring a different way of learning into your classroom, and see a shift in confidence and enthusiasm and exam results.

Our testimonial page gives an idea of how well received our workshops have been, by both teachers and students. The idea is that we leave the students feeling enthused, inspired, and they should be talking about the session for weeks after. We are extremely proud that every school that has booked us to date – has invited us back to deliver another workshop.

Meet The Team

Mike Southern

MIKE SOUTHERN

Mike co-founded Stage-ed with Stephen Palfreman, having appeared together in Blood Brothers in the West End. Mike played ‘Sammy’ for 10 years in London, and on the UK National Tour.

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STEVE PALFREMAN

Steve co-founded Stage-Ed with Mike Southern having appeared together in Blood Brothers in the West End. Steve played the role of Mickey for 20 years’, in London and both the UK and International Tours.

JACK WHITAM

JACK WHITAM

Jack is a member of our Shakespeare team and has appeared on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Jack has performed Shakespeare internationally and appeared in A Christmas Carol.

Gareth Aled

GARETH ALED

Gareth designed our Devising workshops. Gareth was associate puppetry director on Ocean at The End of the Lane, War Horse (international tour), and was recently resident director on Life of Pi.

FFION JOLLY

FFION JOLLY

Ffion is a member of our Shakespeare team. Educated in the UK and Kenya she went on to train at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She was nominated for the prestigious Ian Charleson Award for her performance in 'A Comedy of Errors'.

Mark Hutchinson

MARK HUTCHINSON

Mark won the Drama Desk Award for his portrayal of Edward in Blood Brothers on Broadway. Mark is part of our Blood Brothers Performance Workshop team.

GREG FOSSARD

GREG FOSSARD

Greg is a member of our Devising team. He has appeared in Avenue Q, Dirty Dancing, and The Great Gatsby in Londons West End,

ROBERT BARNES

ROB BARNES

Rob is a member of our Devising team. Rob has recently been touring Austria playing Macbeth.

ALEX SCOTT FAIRLEY

ALEX SCOTT FAIRLEY

Alex has created many of the resources that accompany Stage-ed workshops. He has appeared in An Inspector Calls, Blood Brothers, The 39 Steps, and various Shakespeare productions across the world. Now based in Australia, we can book Alex to join you online to support your learning.

Stage-ed deliver workshops across the UK and Europe, and we have cast members and West End professionals from every West End show past and present ready to come and deliver a workshop in your school - or to accompany your trip if you are coming to London.