Any college is only as good as its teaching staff and at MILLENNIUM we are immensely proud to have the best teachers available. Our teaching staff always go the extra mile to ensure students are well informed and guided appropriately towards becoming consummate professionals. This page informs you about the background of our staffs’ professional careers.

Joe Bunker - main tutor for Singing and Musicianship
Joe Bunker – main tutor for Singing and Musicianship

Joe is a freelance musical director, vocal coach and podcast host. He has worked at Millennium Performing Arts since 2010, teaching singing and musical
theatre history, a course he devised and has developed over the past decade.

His credits as musical director include: Rags (The Park Theatre);The Rink (Southwark Playhouse); My Fair Lady (The Mill at Sonning); 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (The Other Palace); Assassins (Pleasance); Side by Side by Sondheim (Headliners Club); The Events (UK & US Tour / Queen Elizabeth Hall).

As an MD of new British musicals: Superhero: A One Dad Musical and Wasted (both Southwark Playhouse); The Station Master (University of Chichester); and workshops of
Vanya’s, Barista, and The Flower Cutters.

As assistant / associate MD: Guys and Dolls (Sheffield Crucible); Ghost Quartet (Boulevard); Love is Only Love (The Other Palace).

As an actor: Our Town (Almeida).

Joe also works as an accompanist / associate conductor of Singing with Friends, a dementia-friendly choir at Wigmore Hall, as the musical director of Barnes
Community Choir, and as the founder / director of The Collective, an occasional choir for actors, writers and other theatre folk. He hosts the podcast, Piece by Piece: a Musical Theatre Talk Show.

Millie Duniam – tutor for Jazz Dance

Millie started her professional training here at Millennium Performing Arts. After graduating in 2018 she infiltrated the commercial dance scene and became a member of Empire Dance Crew, who made many appearances on ITV and Hip Hop International. Millie has appeared in many music videos and worked with artists such as Parra For Cuva and Rude Kid. In 2019 she joined the cast of the Michael Jackson UK and International tour and has been touring ever since.
Millie has a great passion for teaching and teaches all around the UK including studios
such as Pineapple, Studio 68, Brit School, LSE and of course Millennium!

Milla Kauhanen – main tutor for Contemporary Dance

After graduating from a performing arts college, where Milla trained with Ikky Maas, she went on to study at The Cunningham Studios, New York on the Lisa Ullmann and Robin Howard scholarship. She frequently joins the Merce Cunningham Company’s London residency.

Early performing credits include work with such choreographers as Darshan Singh-Bhuller, Margaret Morris, David Massingham, Yolande Snaith, Ian Spink, Lea Anderson and David Waring. She was a founder member of her own dance company MILITATEDANCEco. and choreographed and performed with them for many years.

Milla is a fully qualified freelance teacher with a Cert. in Education in Performing Arts (post Compulsory). As a choreographer she likes creating full evening performances of contemporary ballet and physical theatre pieces. She has 22yr experience as an educator in both the HE and FE sector.

Milla is also a Method Putkisto (which is a specific stretching method) and Pilates instructor.

Jo Morris – main tutor for Tap Dance and core tutor for Jazz Dance

Training: Millennium Performing Arts on The Doris Sonne Scholarship.

Projects include:
Revival Choreographer for White Christmas, UK Tour; Associate Choreographer for 42nd Street at Theatre Du Chatelet, Paris; Associate Choreographer for Singin’ In The Rain at the Lyric Opera, Chicago; Associate Choreographer for 42nd Street at the Lyric Opera, Chicago.

Theatre credits include:
Revival Choreographer for Singin’ In The Rain (Grand Palais, Paris)

Associate Choreographer/Dance Captain for the following shows:
White Christmas (Dominion Theatre & Curve Theatre, Leicester); Guys & Dolls (Royal Albert Hall); Chess (English National Opera); Top Hat (Kilworth House); 42nd Street
(Theatre Du Chatelet, Paris); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Kilworth House); Sunset Boulevard (English National Opera/Coliseum); Singin’ In The Rain (Theatre du Chatelet, Paris); Mack & Mabel (Chichester Festival Theatre + UK Tour); The Pajama Game (Minerva Theatre, Chichester & Shaftesbury Theatre); Kiss Me, Kate (The Old Vic & Chichester Festival Theatre); Crazy For You (Regents Park Open Air Theatre); Me & My Girl (Sheffield Crucible); the Olivier Award- winning Hello, Dolly! (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); On The Town (English National Opera/Coliseum, London & Chatelet Theatre, Paris); Gigi (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Dance Captain/Onstage Swing and Assistant Rehearsal Director in Shoes (Sadlers Wells and Peacock Theatre).

Assistant Choreographer for the following shows:
Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal Haymarket & Menier Chocolate Factory); The Music Man (Chichester Festival Theatre); Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre)

Choreographer for the following shows:
Cinderella (Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage); The Winslow Boy (The Old Vic);

Ensemble/Swing in the following shows:
Wicked (Victoria Apollo); Sinatra (London Palladium); Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre); Grease (Scandanavian Tour); Tonight’s The Tonight (Victoria Palace); Fame (UK Tour).

Workshops include:
Shoes for Sadlers Wells; The Little Mermaid for Broadway; Mary Poppins for Broadway.

TV credits include:
Assistant Choreographer Britannia for Sky Atlantic; Assistant Choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance – Series 1 (BBC); Blessed (BBC); Celebrity Big Brother (Endemol); Rebourn (BBC); Bustamove (MTV) music video for Goldfrapp; Orange Mobile Phone commercial and Showtime at the Stadium (BBC).

Zak Nemorin – main tutor for Jazz Dance and Artistic Director for ToTheCore

Theatre credits include:
The Wizard Of Oz (Birmingham Rep); Strictly Ballroom (Original UK cast, West Yorkshire Playhouse & Toronto Canada); West Side Story (Salzburg Festival); Let’s Dance
Again (Royal Festival Hall); High Society (Old Vic); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Original cast Savoy Theatre); Viva Forever! (Original cast, Piccadilly Theatre); Legally Blonde (Original UK National Tour); She Loves Me (Minerva Theatre, Chichester); Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory & Theatre Royal Haymarket); Carousel (UK Tour & Savoy Theatre); Cats (UK, Portuguese & Italian National Tour); Aladdin (Old Vic); Mary Poppins (Original cast, Bristol Hippodrome & Prince Edward Theatre); Saturday Night Fever (UK Tour); Chicago (Adelphi Theatre); We Will Rock You (Original cast, Dominion Theatre).

Ben Hur (The Barn Theatre); Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (The Union Theatre); Agatha Raisin (Series III, And The Deadly Dance); Midsomer Murders (Series XXI, The Point of Balance); All Quiet On The Western Front (Incognito Theatre Company London, Edinburgh Festival & The SoHo Playhouse Off Broadway, New York); Speed Dial, Murder On The Dancefloor, Woyzeck & Our Man In Havana (Spies Like Us Theatre Company Edinburgh & London); Story Of Our Youth (NYT Gala, Shaftesbury Theatre); HERE, London Road and Standing By (Stanwix Theatre); POSH (Warwick Arts Centre); A Mid Summer Nights Dream and Walk The Line (Edward Alleyn Theatre); Doing
Time, Chicago, Freshwave Expression, Last Minute Tango, Heat of the Night, Revealed!, TheOtherSide, Tryst At Twilight, (All for MPA). Tempting Fate, (Elmhurst Ballet School & MPA), The Net Kill, Tobacco Road & Dorian Gray (Incognito Theatre Company, Edinburgh Festival & London).

TV credits:
Midsomer Murders, Absolutely Fabulous, Showtime At The Stadium and Emma Bunton’s video Maybe.

Most recently Zak was Artistic Director for the MPA Virtual Summer Show 2020; an OFFIE Awards 2020 Finalist for Best Choreography; Original Concept, Co-Creator and
Choreographer for UPROOTED – The Journey Of Jazz Dance, a feature documentary film about the history, lineage and future progressions of Jazz Dance.

Fuschia Peters – tutor for Contemporary Dance and Student Counsellor

Fuschia trained at Arts Educational School, London Contemporary Dance School, State University at Purchase, NY, USA and Alvin Ailey (summer program scholarship), then went on to work and tour internationally with a variety of contemporary dance companies, whilst maintaining part-time teaching posts.

In 2000 she retrained, completing a Psychology degree and then worked for the NHS. For three years she worked in a ground breaking service providing psychological services for the African and Caribbean communities in Southwark. Following this she attained her Diploma in Counselling in Australia and now has a private practice and continues to teach/lecture/tutor/counsel at performing arts colleges across London.

Franny Anne Rafferty – tutor for Acting

Training: Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.

Recipient of the MGCFutures 2017 Assistant Director Award.

Current project/s include: Six The Musical as associate director (UK productions and NCL Cruises); director attached to Barlow & Smith’s new musical Vanya’s and writing developing Wreckclamation.

Previous credits as Director: Saving Rachel (Fertility Fest 2019, Olympia); Vanya’s by Barlow & Smith (MMD workshop); The Field by Lydia Thomson for Rapid Write Response (Theatre 503); A West End Christmas (Cadogan Hall); The Fun Club presents… [Working Title] (Camden People’s Theatre); Jonathan Larson’s Tick, tick… Boom!, and The Accrington Pals by Peter Whelan (Bridewell Theatre).

As Associate Director: Six The Musical (UK Tour, West End and NCL Cruises 2019-2020); Turn Of The Screw (UK Tour 2019); The Rink (Southwark Playhouse); Titanic The Musical (UK /Ireland Tour and Hamburg State Opera); and Spamalot (UK Tour 2018).

As Assistant Director: Pickle Jar (Soho Theatre); Turn of the Screw (Mercury Colchester and UK Tour 2018); Ever Onward Workshop (The Other Palace); and Spamalot (UK Tour 2017).

In addition to the work as a practitioner Franny mentors emerging artists, provides dramaturgical support to developing projects and regularly facilitates workshops in
audition technique, acting through song, writing-devising for theatre, page-to-stage and script analysis for schools, colleges, and arts venues. Alongside ad hoc projects she has recently undertaken workshops for the DCF (Director’s Charitable Foundation).

Represented by Gavin Barker Associates.

Nicky Swift – tutor for Singing and Acting

Training: National Youth Music Theatre, Birmingham University and The Royal Academy of Music where she received The Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Award.

Theatre includes: Eileen Stinkleton in Grandma Saves The Day (New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich); Rosie in Mamma Mia! (UK and International Tour); Shirley in Shirley Valentine (30th anniversary UK Tour); Ethel/Coach Dunbar/Betty in Footloose (UK Tour); Madame and understudied Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre, London); Cynthia/Aunt Mimi in Lennon (Royal Court, Liverpool); Vera Lynn in Songs for Victory (UK Tour); One Night in Istanbul (Echo Arena, Dublin Gaiety and Belfast Grand Opera House); Jack and the Beanstalk, Mother Goose, Aladdin, Dick Whittington, Sleeping Beauty and Red Riding Hood (Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse); Jellylorum in Cats (Arena Tour); Vi in The Buddy Holly Story (Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London); Alice in The Walled Garden (Brockwell Park, London); Twelfth Night, Plaza Suite, The Odd Couple and A Slice of Saturday Night (QE Theatre Company on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth); Elizabeth in Richard Taylor’s Whistle Down the Wind (Edinburgh Festival, Sadler’s Wells, London and West Yorkshire Playhouse); Charlie (Buxton Opera House), Creation and Warchild (National
Youth Music Theatre, London); Her Benny (Liverpool Empire); David Copperfield (UK Tour); Sixteen Gobs (King’s Head, London); Habeas Corpus and City of Angels (Royal
Academy of Music, London).

Television includes: Hillsborough, Voices Raised, Blue Peter, Sport Relief and The Olivier Awards.

Radio includes: Loose Ends and New Musicals with Stephen Sondheim (BBC Radio 2).

Other credits include: Soloist alongside Dame Judi Dench in An Enchanted Evening (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London) and performances at charity galas at the Palace
Theatre (London), Royal Albert Hall (London), the O2 Arena (London) and for HRH Prince Edward at St James’s Palace (London). Nicky works as a backing and session singer, supporting names such as Tom Jones, Lesley Garrett, Elaine Paige and Cynthia Erivo.

Nicky made her Off-Broadway debut in A Broadway Diva Christmas (Julia Miles Theatre, New York).

Nigel West - main tutor for Acting
Nigel West – main tutor for Acting

Nigel joined the Bristol Old Vic company at the Theatre Royal in 1983 where he stayed for three years working on 29 productions ranging from ‘RICHARD II’ to the musical ‘JUDY’ which he also worked on when it transferred to London’s Strand Theatre in 1986.
After a season on the Theatre Of Comedy production of ‘ROOKERY NOOK’ at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre he joined the Olivier award winning musical ‘ME AND MY GIRL’ at the Adelphi Theatre and became Associate Director in March 1988 establishing a 10 year
association with director Mike Ockrent, going on to direct the first sell out British national tour. He has also acted as Artistic Consultant on several foreign productions, and has directed the show in Stockholm, (in Swedish) Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Receiving best director nominations for the Canadian and Australian productions.

Nigel then became Associate director of the Tony and Olivier award winning ‘CRAZY FOR YOU’ at the Prince Edward Theatre, London and directed the UK tour and Australian Production of the show. He also acted as artistic supervisor for the South African production.
He then directed ‘CLOSER THAN EVER’ for Bergen Film, Stage and Television, Holland going on to direct a new production of ‘ ‘SHE LOVES ME’ for the Drayton Festival Theatre, Canada.
He was UK Associate Director of the Olivier award winning Disney’s ‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST’ at London’s’ Dominion Theatre and resident Director of the Tony and Olivier Award winning musical revival of Kander and Ebb’s ‘CHICAGO’ at the Adelphi Theatre, which he also directed in Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Dusseldorf.

His own productions include a national tour of Stephen King’s ‘MISERY’ ‘JUST FOR JOE’ a one woman show starring Brenda Cochrane at the Edinburgh festival and subsequent Scottish Tour. Dennis Potters ‘BLUE REMEMBERED HILLS’ for the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. He has also directed various pantomimes at Glasgow Kings Theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome and Coventry. ‘THE PRODUCERS’ for Susan Stroman – A US tour (3 years) including a season at Harrah’s Casino, Atlantic City. His Original production of ‘THE WIZARD OF OZ’ for the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton which subsequently toured the United States (four years) including a season at MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, New York City.

The first German speaking production of ‘THE PRODUCERS’ re-opening the newly renovated Ronacher Theatre in Vienna Austria which subsequently played the Admirals Palast Theatre, Berlin!! Revisiting ‘CHICAGO‘ over recent years directing productions in Australia, Singapore, Korea, Madrid, Barcelona, Spanish tour and Cambridge and Garrick Theatre, London.
A new production of Disney’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s ‘MARY POPPINS” Ontario, Canada. Best Production nomination. Also directed the highly acclaimed production of Susan Stoman’s ‘SCOTTSBORO BOYS’ Young Vic Theatre and Garrick Theatre, London.

Most recently:
Associate Director to Susan Stroman / Mel Brooks “YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN” Garrick Theatre London.
Produced / Wrote / Hosted ‘A Wee Blether’ With Gregor Fisher. A two hour chat show.
“ALADDIN” Starring Elaine C Smith. Kings Theatre, Glasgow.