“Encouraging individuality, confidence, and imagination whilst building solid foundations are the key to great training. The students at Phoenix are passionate, enthusiastic and have an incredible work ethic which comes from the dedication and expertise of Phil Dale and his staff. I am so proud to become a Patron of Phoenix Theatre Arts”

Sam Spencer-Lane

Sam was Head of Musical Theatre, Dance and Movement at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts from 2002 – 2012 and is currently an external examiner for Arts Educational.

After a successful performing career as a dancer, singer and recording artist, Sam began her choreographic career working for Thames Television on light entertainment and children’s programmes. After five years she moved to the theatre, working with Barry Humphries on his critically acclaimed show Back with a Vengeance (Drury Lane and International Tour). Sam then moved into Musical Theatre and drama, working with Bill Kenwright and Jason Robert Brown amongst others.

In 2008 Sam joined forces with David Walliams and Matt Lucas to choreograph their hugely successful show Little Britain Live (Apollo Hammersmith and National Tour).

During this time Sam continued to work on many Musicals, Plays and Operas in London’s West End and the regional Theatres, winning awards for The Hired Man (Salisbury), and both Personals and Rat Pack Confidential enjoying long runs in London’s West End.

Other Musical credits are; Company, (Southwark Playhouse), Pal Joey,(Nottingham Playhouse), Tracey Beaker Gets Real (UK Tour), Demon Headmaster (UK Tour) and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Bristol Old Vic).

“Phoenix encourages all students to be individual and grow as imaginative and sensitive artists. The focus on building confidence and skills in a nurturing environment make Phoenix the place to be for learning the craft of theatre and the arts. This is largely down to Phil Dale and his team of dedicated staff, to whom each student and audience member owes a huge amount of credit. I am truly honored to become a Patron for this fantastic organisation.”

Rob Archibald

Rob is currently the Director of Musical Theatre at the Urdang Academy and was formally the Head of Singing & Music at LAMDA in London, following his role as Head of Singing at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London.

Rob originally studied as an actor/singer/dancer and his credits include: Les Miserables, Batboy, Ragtime, Grease, Riverdance, Jerry Springer – the Opera, Carousel and Ragtime. As Musical Director his credits include: Oliver! Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Secret Garden, Parade, Sweeney Todd and most recently, MD/Arranger for Linzi Hateley – True Colours.

Rob also regularly coaches professional performers/productions around the UK. Recent credits include: Soul Sister (Savoy Theatre) and Loserville (Garrick Theatre) and the Glee Club Challenge (Indigo 02).

As a composer his credits include: The Laramie Project, The Temperamentals and his debut album ‘Scrapbook’ with fellow composer Verity Quade, featuring many West End performers. He co-wrote the song ‘Confidence is Consciencless’, to be featured in the forthcoming Sky TV documentary ‘Life Is Beauty-Full’.