The Enact Academy Team 

 | Staff & Contributors |

Olivia Joy Shepherd 

Principal / Lead Teacher

Olivia Joy Shepherd is a local councillor, trained dancer, actor, director and teacher with a BA HONS in Dance, Theatre and Professional Performance Practice; though probably best known for dressing up daily and working in Education and Events at Tamworth Castle. Olivia co-founded Enact Academy over 7 years ago. A regular face to be found treading the boards in local and community theatre Olivia has been involved in local Pantomime since a very young age where she now takes an active role as script consultant and choreographer. She is an award winning actress and script writer recognised by The All England Theatre Festival.  

She has worked with companies such as; Frantic Assembly, RSC, Motionhouse and Phoenix Dance Theatre. Her recent roles include Silly Silly (Jack and the Beanstalk), Bagheera (The Jungle Book), Princess So-Shi (Aladdin), Juliet (Romeo & Juliet) and Sarah (Harold Pinters The Lover).

Alex Farrell 

Alex co-founded Enact Academy aged 20, and is a well-known performer in Tamworth. He has performed in the local pantomime for ten years. Alex produces the Breakfast Show on talkRADIO in London, and previously worked at BBC WM and LBC, after starting his radio journey right here in Tamworth on RedCarpetRadio and TCR fm. He now owns Radio Tamworth.

Alex's acting career started as a youngster at the Birmingham Stage School, and while at King's College University studying law, Alex took the opportunity to appear in a variety of tv shows and films, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, Sherlock Holmes, Woman in Black, The Inbetweeners, Waking the Dead and many more.

Alex was named Entertainer of the Year in 2012 by the Tamworth Herald and in 2015 he was Highly Commended as Citizen of the Year at the Tamworth Business and Community Awards. He then went on to host the ceremony for the next three years.

Principal / Business Management 


Laura Brown 

Teacher / Assistant 

Laura has been involved in the arts and local drama since a very young age. She studied drama and theatre studies at University and trained to become a professional actor. She joined Enact Academy in 2017 as a student teacher and quickly became a full time member of staff with a natural flair for direction, dramaturgy and general class management. No stranger to the stage Laura has played leading roles within a number of productions such as, Dandini (Cinderella), Jane Doe (Bottled), Lizzie Fitzwarren (Dick Whittington), Hermione (The Winters Tale ). Not only is she on stage - Laura is often instrumental behind the scenes too. 

Callum Wallace 

Callum joined Enact as student many years ago, After completing most of Enact Academy's classes he took part in the Student Teacher scheme and has quickly become an invaluable member of the team, taking on more responsibilities. He is an actor, dancer and children's entertainer who has been in a number of productions starring as; Macbeth (Macbeth), Trivia Tim (Dick Whittington), The Dentist (Little Shop Of Horrors), Anger (Bottled) and Leontes (The Winters Tale). Callum has a love for musical theatre and produces and hosts a radio show - The Sound Of Musicals weekly for Radio Tamworth. When you can't find him on the radio Callum has been seen at Tamworth's Library helping the community or promoting mental health awareness throughout the town. 




Abi Watkins 


Abi was one of the first students to attend Enact Academy after its establishment. She has grown the with the company, ever a constant in all the ups and downs. She took part in the Student Teacher scheme and has quickly become an invaluable member of the team, taking on many responsibilities. 

Abi is not only a performer in her own right, she also has a natural talent with people and younger children. Over the past few years she has assisted the management of Tamworth Pantomime Company in the safeguarding of their younger members and front of house liaison. 

Abi has also been on stage many times starring as; The Caterpillar (Alice In Wonderland), The Scarecrow (Wizard of OZ), The Voice (The Yellow Wallpaper), and Florizel (The Winters Tale). 

Abi takes part in many community projects - from supporting the local library to working with Dyspraxia awareness. 

Piper Jady 



On the first day that Enact Academy opened its doors Piper was the first in to sign up. At the age of 5/6 she has been with us since the very beginning and (very luckily for us) has refused to leave since. Piper took part in the Student Teacher Scheme, and then took a break from Enact to attend BOA to study acting professionally. Since returning she has taken on many new responsibilities whilst also working on a career in media and performing arts. Piper is responsible for guiding and teaching those at Enact who are 13 years and above. On stage and off, Piper has done it all, from Set design and building to being stage manager for the Tamworth Pantomime Company. Her past performance roles include; Dorothy (the Wizard of OZ), Vlad Vladikoff (Seussical Jr), and The Little Christmas Tree (The Little Christmas Tree). Piper is directing her own version of Shakespeare's The Winters Tale. Piper also works in children's entertainment - often taking part in living history events at Tamworth Castle. 


Saffron Groom 


Saffron has been a member of Enact Academy since a very young age and is a constant support to the management team. After attending BOA to study Acting professionally, saffron took part in our Student Teacher Scheme, and has since taken on many more responsibilities. Saffron has taken charge of Many Enact Academy sessions that have taken place outside of Tamworth, from Atherstone to Birmingham and now takes charge of our youngest members in Tamworth. 

Saffron is not only an accomplished stage performer she has had many roles on screen, most notably BBC 2's Back In Time. Some of her stage performance roles include; Centipede (James and The Giant Peach), The Munchkin Mayor (The Wizard Of OZ), Mr Bumble (Olivier!) and The Witches (Macbeth). Saffron has a flair for stage production, often designing set pieces, building them and also taking a hands on role with costumes. Saffron has been the lead sound technician for Tamworth Pantomime Company for the past 2 years. 

Student Teaching Assistants

The Student Teacher Scheme...  

Enact Academy likes to encourage pupils who show an interest in teaching Performing Arts. A year ago we launched our Student Teacher scheme, this allows pupils in the Senior class (14 and over) to assist main class teachers during Saturday sessions.

Mentored by the Principals these students have become a firm fixture of the Academy! 

If you are interested in taking part in the Student Teacher scheme let a member of staff know!