Biographies of NODA London Festival Weekend Judges

Biographies of NODA London Festival Weekend Judges

Alli Coyne

Alli has recently completed almost two years as Resident Director on ‘Jersey Boys’ (UK Tour), following her role as Associate Director on ‘Dirty Dancing’ (UK Tour/West End).

Prior to this she was Resident Director and Media Coordinator for ‘Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular’. This toured the UK, Europe, Japan, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand visiting 60 cities in 30 countries, and involved working in 28 different languages!!

Other work includes Assistant Director/Choreographer for ‘Cry of the Celts’ (Royal Albert Hall), 7 x ‘CBeebies Live’ Arena Tours (BBC Worldwide), ‘The Tweenies’ (UK/Hong Kong), ‘Bob the Builder’ (World Tour), ‘Nunsense’ (Nuffield Theatre), ‘Gypsy’ (Wycombe Swan), ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ (Milton Keynes), ‘How The Lion Became King’ (UK Tour) countless pantomimes (Imagine Theatre/Evolution/UK Productions) plus pop videos, musicals, galas and fashion shows.

 A Fellow of the International Dance Teachers Association, Alli has lectured and workshopped as far afield as Australia and Indonesia and is part of the organizing team behind Miss Dance of Great Britain/Dance Master UK.

She has just finished creating two new shows for Warner Leisure, one using the music of the Beatles and one based on The Great Gatsby.

Mark Thorburn

Mark made his stage debut aged 11, and has since played 53 on-stage characters in both plays and musicals. Leading roles include Warbucks in Annie, Kipps in Half A Sixpence, Cornelius in Hello, Dolly!, Norman in The Norman Conquests Trilogy in Rep, Narrator in Side By Side By Sondheim, Winnie -The-Pooh and Snoopy in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. He has compered innumerable Concerts and toured An Evening of Flanders and Swan

A three times Birmingham Evening Mail Entertainer Award winner, Mark made his debut as a Director aged 16 with Pygmalion. Plays include Whose Life Is It, Anyway?, The Contractor and Habeas Corpus. Over 40 Musicals include Barnum, Blitz!, Charlie and Algernon, Dames At Sea, 42nd Street, A Funny Thing ……, George M!, Godspell, Gypsy, Into The Woods, Jesus Christ, Superstar, Li’l Abner, Little Me, Pickwick, Pippin, Promises, Promises and the European Premiere of The Will Rogers Follies.

He ran Coventry YOG, the highly acclaimed Youth Musical Theatre Company, from 1981 to 1995, was Chief Executive of NODA for seven years including the magnificent 1999 Centenary Celebrations with Hugh Wooldridge’s inaugural Night Of 1000 Voices at the Royal Albert Hall, featuring Cy Coleman, Roy Hudd, Gloria Hunniford and Howard Keel and a London Palladium Youth Showcase. For three years he edited Amateur Stage magazine and he has directed five professional Pantomimes. 

He is honoured to be one of the six inaugural Olivier Be Inspired Champion Award Winners, presented at the Royal Albert Hall on 9 April this year.

Ryan Macaulay

Ryan currently works in the amateur licensing department at the European offices of Music Theatre International. He joined the company (then Josef Weinberger) in 2006 after graduating from the University of Leeds with a degree in Music Theatre.

As well as enjoying the day to day contact with producers, teachers and society committees in amateur licensing, Ryan is also Producer of the Junior Theatre Celebration, the first of which took place on Sunday 12th March 2017 at Leicester's Curve. He is also responsible for the MTI Europe website, social media and print advertising.

Ryan is a passionate musical director and has been involved with a number of societies in London. With Sedos he has musically directed shows including: Assassins, Into the Woods, Legally Blonde, I Love You Because and tick tick…BOOM!. He is currently in rehearsals for a production of Little Women which will open at the end of June before starting work on Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

With the British Theatre Academy Ryan was musical director for productions of: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Windsor Theatre Royal), Rent (Beck Theatre), Hairspray (Staines) and Disney’s High School Musical (various venues across London and the South).

Ryan is currently in rehearsals for Gypsy (Minack Theatre, Cornwall) and Made in Dagenham (Hampton Hill Playhouse).