Originally from Swansea, South Wales, Annemarie graduated with a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts from Middlesex Polytechnic in 1989. The degree majored in music with voice, piano and trumpet being her chosen instruments. On leaving college she co-founded the TIE Top Hat Theatre Company, writing original mini-musicals for schools on any subject the schools required. Topics were as varied as the well known children’s book “The Selfish Giant”, right through to the more obscure musicals on everything from the Ozone Layer to the Solar System. She served her professional ‘apprenticeship’ on the London Fringe working on numerous shows including the infamous “Newsrevue” at the Canal Cafe. From 1994 – 2004 Annemarie was the Musical Director for the multi award winning company the Steam Industry. Under it’s artistic director, Phil Willmott, the Steam Industry built up a strong reputation for big musicals in small spaces. From 1995 – 2001 their Christmas shows at BAC, London became an industry institution, annually breaking box office records, and consistently listed as the critics choice in national newspapers over the Christmas period. As a general rule Annemarie will only work on shows that she has obtained permission to re-arrange. For a full list of MD/Arranging credits please click here.
As an accompanist and performer Annemarie regularly plays for various cabaret stars, ironically enjoying her role of the “miserable pianist”. As a repetiteur she has played for most of the top London casting directors and producers.
Her composing portfolio ranges from the avant garde to the downright tacky. Although she always maintains that “you can’t beat a good tune that you feel sure sounds a little familiar”. For a list of all her compositions to date please click here.
As a highly experienced teacher/workshop lead Annemarie regularly runs courses/projects for various youth and community organizations. To see her educational CV, including all lecturing experience please click here.
In more recent years given her vast experience in all areas of the industry Annemarie has been invited to contribute articles to various publications and websites including The British Theatre Guide, the Public Reviews, The UK Performing Arts Directory, Contacts, The Drama Student to name just a few, as well as guest columns in local newspapers/websites. She writes an occasional agony aunt column for the Musical Theatre Review online magazine. In 2014 she worked with a TV production company as an ‘expert’ on a pilot for a new quiz show.
In 2009 Annemarie opened her own drama college – The MTA. In 2012 it was named as the School of the Year in The Stage 100 Awards. For more information on The MTA please click here.
In July 2012 The MTA launched the 4 pronged #time4change Mental Health initiative, working closely with Angie Peake they developed a ‘charter’ for the theatre world to sign up to. Within the space of 4 months over 100 organisations had signed up, from drama colleges, agencies, production companies to iconic theatres.
In her spare time…………wait a minute – have you not read the above??
When does she have any spare time?