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The ‘Kristian Thomas Company’ is a performing arts establishment who offer a high-quality, variety of training at their bespoke studios and produce electrifying & innovative theatrical productions. Together with the highest level of talent and tutors across the East Midlands, ‘KTCo’ is at the forefront of the modern performing arts world. They are following the evolving musical theatre movement, staying fresh with the industry as it develops.

‘KTCo’ is the brainchild of Urdang Academy Graduate, Professional Performer and Creative, Kristian Cunningham. Leeds College of Music Graduate, Professional Musical Director, Trumpet Player and Musician, Tom Bond, closely followed. The partnership was then formed. Since being officially set up in May 2016, the pair have opened a range of sectors within the company, producing a diverse and thriving arts community.

Initially, the business began with the ‘Adult Elite Company’ – a group of professional working and aspiring elite performers. They came together to create theatre and bring it to their local performing arts scene within the East Midlands. With critical acclaim, the ‘Elite Company’ made the foundations of what was about to become something pretty spectacular. Following their continued achievements, Kristian and Tom decided it was time to explore the ‘learning’ side of their mission statement and begun classes for all ages and abilities.

With the production success and growing rapport, the pair, with the new addition of Shannon O’Donnell, designed to expand ‘KTCo’ circle. Their musical theatre ‘Youth’ company launched in late 2017; initially starting with a small group of 10-18 year olds who performed a variety of musicals and showcases. Now heading into its 6th academic year it provides intensive, fresh and detailed training for students aged 5 upwards across four different groups; Seniors, Intermediates, Juniors and Primary. Not only working towards high-calibre productions, but undertaking Trinity Exams, offering private singing classes and group acting classes for those wanting to focus more on individual disciplines.

 

Finally, to complete the establishment and offer more in-depth and wholesome arts training, Rebecca Wrench joined the team. Kristian and her formed the Dance company in late 2019; with the intent to nurture and develop dancers through technical dance training while inspiring our pupils with the excitement and fun of theatre performance. The curriculum includes the Royal Academy of Dance ballet syllabus and IDTA modern and tap syllabus.

With the umbrella being on its way to completed, there was a final puzzle piece and alongside the launch of the Dance sector, it was time for ‘KTCo’ to find their own roof. The Kristian Thomas Company studios, based in Shardlow, were confirmed in August 2019 and after four months of work, their bespoke studio space opened its doors in January 2020.

Following a (not so short) break due to a global pandemic (who shall not be named) and after many a zoom class, quiz and their very own talent show (which kept the performing arts family in contact with one another and gave all the feeling of togetherness), the ‘KTCo’ studios opened it’s doors with a bang. The building sees over 100 students and faculty members go through its doors each week. Students and graduates continue to soar and achieve professional jobs and drama school dreams thanks to the boutique training they offer, especially with the help of their most recent venture, the ‘Accelerate Training Programme’. Written and designed by the managing directors, the programme is a one-year, non-accredited performing arts foundation course, designed to bridge the gap between local training and drama school.

 

 

‘Opportunity to create, to learn and to perform’.

Meet The Team

Creative & Managing Director

Kristian Cunningham

Kristian is a well-recognised Producer, Creative and Performing Arts Teacher based in the Midlands. He trained at the The Urdang Academy in London and graduated in Professional Dance & Musical…

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Music & Managing Director

Tom Bond

Tom is a musical director, voice coach and trumpet player based in the East Midlands, UK. He trained in jazz trumpet and orchestral conducting at Leeds College of Music from 2012-2015…

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Principal of Musical Theatre

Shannon O'Donnell

Shannon is a Director/Choreographer and Performer based in the East Midlands. Graduating from Midlands Academy of Dance & Drama in 2017 after studying Musical Theatre on their three year professional…

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Principal of Dance

Becky Wrench

Becky is a professional performer turned dance teacher based in the East Midlands. After having graduated from Bird College with a BA Hons in Musical Theatre and Dance in 2012,…

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The Extended Team

Tom Hopcroft

KTCo; Management Lead Agent

Bethany Neville

Modern & Tap Teacher

Samantha Hedley

Singing Teacher & Musical Director

Katy Maclaughlin

Acting Teacher & Director

Katie Lawson

Acting Teacher & Director

Ben Mann

Accelerate Singing Teacher

Alysha Gomes

Adult Company Resident Director

Millie Gilks

Company & Productions Assistant

Stephen Greatorex

Technical & Lighting Design

Andrew Bond

Finance Assistant

Joe Millward

Accelerate Fitness Coach

Chloe Bircher

Accelerate Pilates Teacher