Meet The Team
Tom is a qualified English and Drama teacher with fifteen years’ experience, working with students ranging from 7-18. After studying English and Classics at Nottingham University, Tom worked for the Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh and the Birmingham Stage Company before turning to teaching. He is an experienced workshop leader and is currently the drama tutor at Stagecoach Fleet. Tom has produced and directed a number of plays at the Edinburgh Fringe, including Twice Nightly, Spinning Jenny (both by Paul Kerensa) and My Name is Richard (Drill Hall, London, and C Venues). Tom loves the process of creating stories and bringing them to life on stage. He has written many other plays and musicals, including Caribbean Calypso, Just Another Christmas and The Chequered Land.
Tom co-founded The School Musicals Company with Matt Crossey in 2016.
Matt has worked in the music industry for twenty-five years. His early career was as a pop songwriter for Bryan Morrison Music Publishing, Polygram and Eaton Music and also as a touring musician in a number of bands. Matt moved in to the field of Music Publishing in his late twenties and held roles at Warner Chappell (IMP) as Marketing & Creative Manager and then for the past decade at Out of the Ark Music Ltd where he was Sales & Marketing Director. During that time Matt has continued to write music and has composed and produced songs for contemporary artists as well as having numerous songs published for the schools market by Out of The Ark Music.
Matt co-founded The School Musicals Company with Tom Kirkham in 2016.
Mark Place is Director of Music at More House School in Farnham. He is an accomplished musician and experienced composer. Mark creates all of the sheet music arrangements for The School Musicals Company.
Clare is currently Head of Lower School at Downsend School in Leatherhead, Surrey. She is an English specialist and has experience of putting on numerous school musicals and nativities.
Kate is a Fashion Design Director and trend forecaster with experience at Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Monsoon and Debenhams.