MEET THE TEAM
Theatretrain Artistic Director
LESLIE CHURCHILL WARD
Leslie Churchill Ward
Leslie graduated with an honours degree in Acting from the Ohio University School of Theatre and worked as an award-winning actor in the States. Now living in the UK, she continues to share her love of the performing arts as a theatre arts teacher, musical director, and as Artistic Coordinator for the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. She loves working with children and strongly believes in the ethos of Theatretrain. Leslie directs the Theatretrain Regional Choir and has taught at the Mold centre since it opened. She has also prepared Theatretrain's first ever 'Joseph Choirs' for the touring Kenwright production of Joseph. Leslie is the Artistic Director and founder of Musical Meatballs in Mind, a performance group for adults whose lives have been affected by mental health issues. In 2015 The Meatballs had the honour to perform for (and chat with!) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. In 2010 Leslie founded Acquire, a mixed-voice community choir. As well as many local performances, Acquire has performed with Brit Award winning trio BLAKE and developed a strong relationship with Mike Peters / The Alarm. Acquire has performed and recorded with Mike on several occasions, and in 2015 they joined Mike, The Alarm, and the Wales Pops Orchestra in a concert filmed live at the Wales Millennium Centre. The dvd (Poppies Falling from The Sky) will soon be available worldwide.
Steve took over Chester Theatretrain in April 2005. He also manages the schools in Mold and Wrexham as well as the Friday Evening School in Chester. Steve’s role is to oversee the artistic and teaching standards within the schools. He also regularly leads classes and creates all of our productions by bringing together the various aspects of the show at the final stages of rehearsal. As well as leading workshops in primary schools in the area Steve also regularly acts and directs. He has been a member of Tip Top Productions since the company’s inception and is the company's Artistic Director. As a professional actor he has worked with LHK Productions on pantomimes at The Stiwt in Rhos near Wrexham. Most recently he directed Tip Top Productions' professional pantomimes at The Forum Studio Theatre in Chester
He has also directed for Tip Top Productions, Theatr Clwyd, LHK Productions, Theatretrain, The Gateway Theatre, Grove Park Theatre and STAN Productions