Jamie Read CMT, Member BVA - Director of Theatre Faculty
Jamie Read is a leading voice specialist and has been teaching for more than 15 years. He is a Certified Master Teacher (CMT) and as well as being one of the Founding Directors of READ College he also runs a busy private practice in London working with leading West End performers, TV celebrities and recording artists. He trained originally as a Musical Theatre performer at Sylvia Young Theatre School, then furthered his vocal training under Craig Barbour RSAMD (principal singing teacher at RADA), and has worked extensively as an actor, singer, dancer and choreographer.
As a further education teacher in voice, he has worked all over the UK including at The Henley College, Thames Valley University, Reading College of Arts & Design, and as a Guest Teacher for Liverpool Theatre School and College, Charlotte Shorthouse at Urdang Academy, Matthew Reeve at Mountview Academy, Anne Marie Speed & Associates at the Royal Academy of Music and as a guest specialist for Voice Workshop UK presenting teacher training for Belt technique. Jamie is an associate of Reeve & Møller Professional Voice Consultancy having trained on their Estill CMT Pathway and he is currently undertaking Post Graduate research into Vocal Pedagogy through Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Theatre credits include Entertaining Strangers (National Theatre); Marvin’s Room (Hampstead Theatre and West End); Spirit of The Dance (USA and European tours); Hard Times The Musical (Original workshop, Windsor Theatre Royal, and West End); Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK national tour and West End); The Emperor & The Nightingale (MAC Birmingham); Femme Fatale (Warehouse Theatre Croydon); Salad Days (50th Anniversary UK tour); The Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Rep); The Great West Road (Watermill Theatre, Newbury). Film and TV includes Born and Bred (BBC); D-Day 6-6-44 (BBC/Dangerous Films) plus many commercials and several appearances on children’s TV for both the BBC and ITV. He has co-written two shows for the Edinburgh Festival – The Ballad of Reading Gaol and Miss Sign-On; The Untold Story of a Diva on the Dole, the cast recording of which is available from Dress Circle and also online to download. He also appears on several recordings including Hard Times The Musical; The Ballad of Reading Gaol; and A Tribute to Cameron Mackintosh, and to date has choreographed dozens of shows including 5 seasons for the Warehouse Theatre Croydon.
Jamie is still a regular guest tap dance teacher with ATD and Tap Attack, and has taught for the last 2 years at the UK Tap Festival. He also regularly reviews shows for BargainTheatreLand.com and is also a guest reviewer for the British Voice Association journal.