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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 

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!