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Next Generation Team

Our Tutors are a hard-working group of professionals, many having come up through the ranks of the Next Generation Youth Theatre themselves.

Gary Jones - Artistic Director

Gary is the Artistic Director and driving force behind all that goes on at Next Generation. He teaches all of our Saturday Musical Theatre classes, and has choreographed countless MAODS shows over the years. A long-standing part of the MAODS family and a former Next Gen member himself, Gary has a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts, a BTEC Higher Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre, and an A Level in Dance. Gary trained at Liverpool Theatre School and graduated in 2004. He has worked as a dance teacher for Manchester College (Sheena Simon) and is currently a Teaching Assistant at St John's Primary School. 

Michael McCaw - Drama Tutor

Michael has worked in Amateur Theatre for over 20 years and with many societies across the North West. He is responsible for setting up a successful youth theatre in the Warrington area, working with over 500 children aged 8 - 16, developing performance technique and confidence within the group, as well as communication skills and teamwork. Michael holds a degree in childcare and education and has worked in schools across the Manchester area with children aged 3 -17. He is fluent in sign language and has experience supporting children with varying degrees of hearing impairment.

Katherine Farrow - Drama Tutor

A former member of our Advanced class and a person who has worked her way up through Next Generation, Katherine has attended college for acting/singing and dance and sings professionally. She has appeared in our productions since she was a small child! Katherine is now a tutor for our Monday night Drama classes.

Abey Bradbury - Drama Tutor

Abey was a very active member of both Next Gen and MAODS, doing Musical Theatre and Drama, and appearing in many a Mossley show! She then moved to London to train with Fourth Monkey Theatre Company, before moving back up north. She now works as an actor and director, and runs a professional theatre company in Manchester (Cream-Faced Loons). Abey is delighted she can come back to work with Next Generation, which is her second home!

Heléna Ferreira - Musical Theatre Intermediates Tutor

Heléna has trained in dance for 22 years and has worked professionally in the UK and Paris over the last 8 years, teaching and choreographing for various dance schools and companies, as well as performing in numerous musical theatre productions in and around Manchester.  Most recently Heléna lived and worked in Paris at Disneyland Resort Paris. Her work here included daily parades, cavalcades and shows, where she had the privilege of being very good friends with a certain Princess from Agrabah. For 2 years Heléna performed in the award winning musical 'Mickey and the Magician' as a dancer and first cover Rafiki.

Since returning to the UK Heléna has filmed for the new film adaptation of the musical ‘Everybody’s talking about Jamie’. In addition, Heléna is part of Disney London special events and casting, who performance outside of the Disney parks across the world. Heléna is now continuing to choreograph, train and teach dance, whilst also in rehearsal for various shows and pantomimes.

Linda France

Linda is Next Gen's registrar and secretary. She’s always to be found collecting monies, chaperoning the children, providing a friendly face at many of the classes and even helping in our new kitchen!

Tricia Furness

A long-standing member of our governing committee, Tricia assists our tutors and works behind the scenes to help manage Next Generation.