Meet The Team

Our dance, drama, acting and singing teachers are young, passionate, working professionals and all fully DBS checked. The team are obligated to sign an Information Communication Agreement before commencing employment.

As well as providing an outstanding performing arts education, 360 Arts are committed to providing training for children in a safe and secure environment. Parents can be confident that our students health and safety will always be our main priority.

We have a duty of care to safeguard all children involved in 360 Arts activity from harm. All children have a right to protection. Those with special needs and who may be particularly vulnerable will always be taken into account.

We will ensure the safety and protection of all children involved in our classes, events or productions through adherence to the Child Protection guidelines.

Meet The Team

Simone Lahbib

Simone is an award winning British actress who is best known for her roles in award winning, British TV shows such as ‘Bad Girls’ as Wing Governor, Helen Stewart and ‘Wire in the Blood’ as DI Alex Fielding, opposite Robson Green. Simone is also known for her roles in ‘Monarch of the Glen’, ‘Single-Handed’, ‘Family’, ‘Judge John Deed’ and ‘New Tricks’ to name a few. Most recently she appeared in hit US TV shows, ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ and ‘Crossing Lines’, and Emmy Award winning TV series, ‘Downton Abbey’ and Oscar Award winning British film ‘Philomena’. Simone has just finished filming as Mhari Toner in ITV’s new series ‘Loch Ness’, due to be shown early 2017.

Before she began her acting career, Simone studied ballet and dance at the ‘Manor School of Ballet’ in Edinburgh for 4 years before going on to study acting at ‘Queen Margaret University’ in Edinburgh for another 3 years.

After leaving drama school, Simone worked extensively in theatre as an actress, but also used her dance background to choreograph several stage shows, including 7:84’s, ‘Oh What A Lovely War’ and Wildcat’s ‘The Silver Darling’s’ starring Kevin McKidd.

In her early career, Simone sang and recorded with several musicians and bands, including Paul Haig, Chewy Raccoon, and Bobby Hendry and sang on the sound track for British Indie film, ‘The Girl in the Picture’, in which she also played ‘The Girl’

As a producer Simone has worked with her husband, Raffaello Degruttola on his (BIFA) ‘British Independent Film Award’ nominated, ‘Flim, the Movie’ and is currently working on his new web series ‘Tremor Cordis’ through their production company, ‘Contro Vento Films’.

Simone also runs ‘360 Arts’, affiliated, Children’s and Young Performers Agency, ‘360 Arts Management’, who’s client credits include, Ken Loach, Palmes d’Or, award winning, ‘I. Daniel Blake’, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, latest hit, West End musical, ‘School of Rock’ and soon to be released independent film, Destination Dewsbury.

Simone is also an experienced acting and dance teacher, a first aider and a licensed chaperone for the London Borough of Barnet, working as chaperone and acting coach mainly with her 11 year old actress daughter, Skye Lucia Degruttola on shows such as, Danny Boyle’s, ‘Babylon’, x3 series of Grantchester, in which Skye Lucia plays Robson Greens daughter, Esme Keating and on Disney’s highly anticipated feature film, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, with Emma Watson, which is due to be released in cinemas, March 17th, 2017.

Simone is also a Director of the ‘Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund’, a charity which she help set up when her niece Eilidh died of cancer in 2010. The charity is raising money to build a respite holiday home for families with children with cancer in Thornhill, Scotland. Among the many charity events to raise money and awareness, Simone recently helped organise a ‘Bad Girls Convention’ in October 2016, which raised over £21K for the charity! Every year 360 Arts awards x3 students a singing, a dance and an acting scholarship, which entitles them to a years free tuition at 360 Arts, in memory of Simone’s niece Eilidh.

www.eilidhbrown.co.uk

Carol Brophy

Carol is a working mum of 2 boys aged 12 and 18. Prior to 360 Arts, Carol worked for 15 years as a Senior School Secretary in the London Borough of Brent. Carol has an NVQ Level 2 in Business and Administration as well as a Certificate in School Business Management awarded by The National College of School Leadership.

Before 360 Arts, Carol worked voluntarily, running another part time Stage School for children between the ages of 4 and 18 in North London which closed after she left.

Carol is also a Licensed Chaperone for the London Borough of Barnet and has worked on various T.V. Commercials and Television Programmes including Eastenders, therefore Carol is fully aware of all Child Licensing Laws.

As well as running 360 Arts with Simone, Carol works in the Psychology Department at Middlesex University in Hendon, London, where she’s been for the past 3 years

Resident Teachers

Melanie Masson

Resident Singing & Acting Teacher


Melanie trained at Queen Margaret University for Music and Drams, Edinburgh gaining a Diploma in Dramatic Art. She’s best known for her powerhouse performances on ITV’s X Factor 2012, amazing the judges and public with her incredible voice, covering Janis Joplin’s ‘Cry Baby’. She reached the live shows with mentor Gary Barlow. Since then, her life’s been a whirlwind! She is now signed to major music company Delirious/Blacksmith, recording an album and sharing a roster with Sam Smith, Emile Sande and Disclosure to name a few. She has toured the UK with her own show and was nominated for a Capital FM best newcomer award. She also starred in David Baddiel’s musical ‘The Infidel’ at The Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London. In December 2016, she performed at The Royal Albert Hall as the headlining act in The Click Sargent Christmas show. Also that year she performed to over 20.000 people at the Glasgow SECC Variety show and the Glamis Proms. Melanie was previously signed to EMI. She has recorded and toured with many artists including Pink, The Stereophonics, Kasabian, Norman Cook, Shaun Ryder, Russell Watson, Mark Owen, The Prodigy, Leo Sayer, David Essex, Sheena Easton, The Sugababes, All Saints, Mike Batt, Don Black, Midge Ure, Wet Wet Wet, Larry Adler and Altered Images. She featured on top 40 hits, WiFi featuring Melanie M. ‘Be Without You’ and The Bassheads ‘Who Can Make Me Feel Good?’ Theatre: Mary Lou in Jailhouse Rock (Piccadilly Theatre, London) Delores in Peggy Sue Got Married (Shaftsbury Theatre, London) LV in Little Voice (National Tour) Solo show 2013 Edinburgh Festival. What A Feeling! (Flying Music) Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Edinburgh Festival) Here and Now Arena Tour (Tony Denton Productions) The Lenny Beige/Steve Furst Comedy Show. TV: Celebrity Juice, This Morning, The High Road, Taggart, Top of the Pops, Children in Need. Worldwide TV ad for Nokia 5510 as busker and the current Disney Junior ad. Pantomime: Fairy Godmother alongside John Barrowman and The Krankies in Cinderella (SECC arena, Glasgow 2014) She was then nominated for best Baddie in the Panto Awards for her role of Queen Rat in Aylesbury 2015 where she was runner up. Other roles Aladdin and Dick Whittington (Tyne Theatre) Peter Pan, Jack and the Beanstalk (Aldershot) Sleeping Beauty (Wyvern and Chelmsford)

Raff Degruttola

Resident Acting Teacher


Raff is an award-winning Actor, Writer and Director – his credits as an actor include Saving Private Ryan, Wit, The Borgias, and upcoming Oliver Hirschbiegel, film, Diana, as well as Ron Howard’s film, Rush. He has also written and directed two award winning short films through his production company Contro Vento Films. His feature film – Flim : The Movie, is part of the official selection at this years Raindance Film Festival, 2014 and received a British Independent Film Award (BIFA) Best Film nomination

(CLICK HERE) for little more Info about Raffaello Degruttola on IMDB

Jane Lamacraft

Resident Under 7’s & Acting Teacher

Jane obtained a degree in English Literature (London University) and a Masters in Drama (London University & RADA) before going on to train as an actor at MOUNTVIEW THEATRE SCHOOL for which she won the Dame Judi Dench Scholarship. Having worked as an actor in the West End, Film and TV & Radio, Jane turned her hand to professional comedy writing and is now a regular writer on Radio 4’s THE NOW SHOW, and has written for ARMSTRONG & MILLER, SMACK THE PONY, NEVER MIND THE BUZZCOCKS and for impressionist RORY BREMNER… among many other shows. Jane has years of experience teaching classes at leading stage schools. She also teaches adults at the Actor’s Centre (the professional actor’s best known resource centre) and has run workshops for Channel 4 Talent and children’s casting workshops for various production companies.

Jorrdan Lightbody

Resident Street Dance Teacher


Jorrdan is a dancer, choreographer and teacher who trained at the Urdang Academy in most techniques under the Street Dance Umbrella such as Hip Hop, House, Popping as well as Ballet, Jazz and contemporary. He is also co owner of his own studio, PDK Entertainment, where he teaches and choreographs. Professional work includes Factor, Chickenshed Theatre, Leeds festival, ITV as well as training as one of Beyonces dancers. Jorrdan also choreographed and entered a crew for the Uk Street dance championships 2014 and earned 2nd place in the over 13’s category

Reice Weathers

Resident Acting Teacher


Reice has graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama 3 year BA(Hons)Acting course in 2015 He is a freelance creative & Principle of Make Believe Islington

Lucy Vandi

Float Singing and Acting Teacher


Lucy won a scholarship and studied Performance at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Upon graduation she appeared in the ground breaking West End Musical “Jerry Springer The Opera” and as a part of the Ensemble went on to win The Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting role.

Since then she has worked with some of the music industry’s biggest names including Pink, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Tina Turner, Todd Sharpville, Pink, The Weather Girls, Chic, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Freak Power, D-Influence, Jamiroquai, Alex Wilson’s Salsa Orchestra, Liberty X, BB King & Fatboy Slim, achieving No.1 chart success in numerous countries across the globe and currently the exclusive voice of BBC Radio 1 Xtra.

Her latest project Lady Sings For You is a bespoke singing service inspired by her love of Torch Songs & Singers such Sarah Vaughan & Ella Fitzgerald. Please visit her website for further information

Her work in Theatre includes Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Life of Galileo and Jerry Springer : the Opera (also at the Cambridge Theatre) at the National Theatre; The Last Session at Tristan Bates Theatre; The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe at Leicester Haymarket Theatre, Jack and the Beanstalk and Home Theatre at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

TV includes Mile High, Top of the Pops, Alive and Kicking, The Word, CD:UK, The Saturday Show, C4’s Music Hall of Fame, The White Room.

Lucy is currently playing Ms Sheinkopf in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Latest Smash Hit Musical, School Of Rock, at the New London Theatre in London’s West End.

Micah Holmes

Float Singing, Dance and Acting Teacher


Micah Holmes Trained at CPA Studios/The Urdang Academy (Singing, Acting and Dance) Credits include: Founder and Artistic Director of Nile Dance Company, Choreographer for JVCK, Party With The Wolves, and other pop artists, Backing singer for Leona Lewis and Ben Haenow – X Factor 2015, Strictly Come Dancing – Dancer, One Night In Vienna UK Tour – Ballet Dancer, Hairspray (The Shaw Theatre) – Seaweed, Grease Is The Word! (The Shaw Theatre) – Kenickie/First Cover Teen Angel, Wicked (The Shaw Theatre) – Ensemble, Our House (Finsbury Studios) – Ensemble, World Ballet Championships 2013 (Sicily, Italy) – Team Great Britain/Classical Ballet Men, Various television/magazine commercials
Micah is currently rehearsing for a Uk Tour of Bill Kenwright’s La Cage Aux Folles

Float Teachers

Joanne Lang

(Float) Singing Teacher


Joanne is a Soprano and Vocal Coach, who graduated from Southampton University with a 2:1 BA Honors Degree in Music. Classically trained with 15 years performing experience. As a Soprano Joanne’s diverse range includes opera and oratorio through to musical theatre and folk.

A versatile singer with a high level of musicianship and a proficient pianist, Joanne has taught singing for Hertfordshire County Music Service as a peripatetic teacher for over 11 years, where she teaches one to one lessons and conducts choirs in a number of schools. Joanne also regularly runs her own vocal workshops for students looking to develop their harmony and choral skills, and organises charity concerts with a mixture of professional and student performers.

Having taken part in several high profile performances including a singing tutorial on Mercury FM’s Breakfast show and more recently appearing in ITV1’s “Our Story” to be aired in 2014.

Mat McPherson

Float Acting and Singing Teacher


Matthew graduated from Arts Educational Schools London with a BA in Acting in 2009. He currently works professionally as an Actor and a Director. He has lots of experience working with children and young adults in music and singing, for companies such as Education in Stage and Theatre Arts (ESTA) in west London, Filmsteps summer scheme and various primary and secondary schools. Mat is co director of our new affiliated company ‘Film Club’ Look out for info about Film Club sessions, coming soon!

James Florin Brown

Float Dance Teacher


Trained at WAC Arts in various styles including Hip Hop ballet, contemporary, Horton, Jazz, African, Commercial, Popping, House and Freestyle. As a dancer he has worked at Her Majesty’s theatre, Barbican, Stratford Circus and the Cornet Theatre. As a choreographer he has worked at Broadway Theatre, catbird, Stratford Westfield and was awarded 3rd place at XXL Dance Competition at Wembley. James also teaches at J’s dance Factory and First Impressions Dance Company.