Meet the Team

Meet the professional teachers and support staff who work at JJ’s guaranteeing a fun and structured journey every step of the way.

Joanna Walling

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Robert Walling

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Lucy Bailey

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Tom Rimmington

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James Dishart

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Don White

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Ryan Carter

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He has worked with The Westcountry Theatre Company on their tour of 'The Rivals' as well as working with The Shout-It-Out project, promoting literacy skills. Other roles include Lysander in 'A Midsummer Nights Dream', Abanazer in 'Advent' and chorus member in 'They Smelt Music' a musical adaptation of 'The Tempest' which premiered at the Edinburgh festival in 2001. He was also involved in the highly successful community theatre production of 'The Pub’, which premiered at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth.

After university, Rob moved to Brighton where he trained in physical theatre in London whilst working for several companies in an adminsitrative capacity, and after taking the decision to make a major life change he travelled to America and worked teaching circus skills within schools with the company 'Circus of the Kids’. Upon returning to the UK and deciding to move back to Plymouth Rob, co-formed Trevenna Theatre and directed the hard hitting Show ‘Closer’ by Patrick Marber at the Barbican theatre. Other directing credits include 'Ernie's Incredible Illucinations’, extracts of Sarah Kane's 'Phaedra's Love', Moira Buffinni's 'Gabriel', ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’, ‘The Pajama Game’, Machinal by Sohie Treadwell and most recently Stephen Sondheims 'Passion' which received a 5 star review. Rob has a love of physical theatre, citing DV8 as one of his major influences to whom he was introduced while studying Performing Arts at Plymouth CFE.

He is was an associate lecturer at City College Plymouth teaching Film, animation and audio production, and while leading the Design & Layout and Photography units he was responsible for setting up a project which brought professional design and layout client experience to the Media students.

As well as working for JJ's Music School Rob runs his own web and graphic design company - Apt Creative which specialises in inexpensive, high quality design work. He also co-founded Apt Theatre with Joanna, who‘s debut production of Sondheim’s ‘Passion’ received 5 star reviews, and How Apt. In addition they started the Trinity Musical Theatre course.

He was also responsible for writing the NOCN Access to Performing Arts HE course which was approved by HEAC in 2006.

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