© Step Up 2013-2017. Step Up and the Step Up logo are registered trade marks of Nathalie Richardson trading as Step Up UK Stacey Williams Stacey is our Musical Theatre Director. She is involved with all the schools at Step Up. After years of involvement as a youngster in performing arts at The Chichester Festival Youth Theatre and Sherry Lorraine Stage School, Stacey left West Sussex to train at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts where she graduated in 1998 with a BA Hons in Acting. In 1996 Stacey joined Step Up for the first ever summer school and has been actively involved in the school in a variety of teaching roles ever since. Whilst working for Step Up, Stacey has continued to pursuit her professional career as a performer, writer and director. Her professional credits range from television and film to stage and even to working with big bands abroad in Germany and Dubai. Most recently Stacey has filmed a commercial for the SCA ‘Sudden Cardiac Arrest’ Charity and has been presenting the Global Rock Challenge events across the UK in numerous venues. Throughout the last 15 years Stacey has leaned more towards directing, choreographing and writing new theatrical pieces for stage. Her most recent play was called ‘The Long Retreat from Mons’ was successfully performed in May 2012 on the London Fringe Theatre circuit. She has also written and directed ‘The Black Knot’, an adaptation of the Greek myth about the Minotaur and is presently working on an abstract piece called ‘Eden’. In 2003 Stacey was appointed Head of Performing Arts at Ravens Wood School where she actively raised the profile of boys in performing arts. During her time at Ravens Wood School she staged five full youth musicals – Tommy, The Dish, Rent, The Wedding Singer and Jesus Christ Superstar as well as achieving national awards for her choreography and direction for three years consecutively in the largest youth performing arts competition – The Global Rock Challenge. Under her leadership Ravens Wood School became the first school to win three premier titles in a row in the United Kingdom and the first boys school ever to win in the world. Due to this success she then launched an elite performing arts academy for gifted sixth formers which stills continues today. Many students that she has coached have gone on to train at such places as RADA, Trinity, Birds College as actors and musical theatre performers. Some students have also gone on to have very successful careers in the music industry working with artists such as Paloma Faith, Ellie Golding and Lana Del Ray. In 2010 Stacey launched Aelfa Academy of Dramatic Arts - a premier professional performance academy providing elite full-time training for aspiring performers at degree level. The academy has gone from strength to strength and prides itself on its bespoke approach to the creative individual. Aelfa owns its own premises in the London Borough of Croydon where it continues to grow year on year. Alongside the Aelfa Academy of Dramatic Arts she has launched two sister companies to support the Aelfa brand – Aelfa Centauri Theatre Company (a professional theatre company) and Aelfa Associates (a theatrical agency). Again Stacey is involved as director, performer and agent in these two companies. Most recent credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream Open-Air and a short film called ‘This Is Ned’. Stacey says she will always continue to pursue such a varied career as she has already had, as it provides her with important and up to date knowledge and skills, that she can share effectively with young aspiring performers such as the students of Step Up Music Theatre School. NEWS Term Dates (2018) Summer Blackheath - Saturday Ends - 7 July Blackheath - Sunday Ends - 8 July Autumn Blackheath - Saturday Starts - 15 Sept Half term - 27 Oct Ends - 8 Dec Blackheath - Sunday Starts - 16 Sept Half term - 28 Oct Ends - 9 Dec Lorem ipsum dolor STEP UP  PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL