Meet The Team
Penni has been a teacher and choreographer for longer than she cares to remember. 20 years ago, she work with a mixed ability group of dancers from Kingsdown & Eastwood School.
This experience shaped the way forward for her, and 15 years ago she formed Mushroom Theatre Company, based in an old mushroom growing shed on a farm. It was soon apparent that this building would not sustain the company in the long term, and so she founded Equal People Performing Arts, a charity which enabled the group to expand its activities, and provide a more suitable premises for its disabled users. Penni continues to strive for inclusion and equality within performing arts and the wider world, and her work in this area is not confined to MTC premises, as she delivers workshops and classes to: young carers, Job Centre Plus, schools and colleges.
More recently Penni, along with Louisa and Ellen, formed MTC Artist Limited; a theatrical agency for children of all abilities and adults with SEND
Ellen started as a regional gymnast rather than a dancer.
Eventually, gymnastics made way for dancing and from a young age, Ellen performed and toured internationally. The majority of her training took place at Mushroom Theatre Company, Essex Dance Theatre and Zoo Nation. Ellen then went onto Masters Performing Arts College to train on the 3 year Dance & Musical Theatre Diploma.
Whilst in training and after graduation, Ellen had the opportunity to perform and choreograph for international brands such as Pepsi, Zipjet, Cancer Research, Superdrug, Redken, BT Sport, Department of Education, CH4, Britain’s Got Talent, Clothes Show, Capezio, Ibis, M&S, Extragged & Lululemon Athletica. Other credits include African Fashion Week, ‘My Feral Heart’ film, Polka Dot Productions, the Follie Ent. and Justbreathe
Hannah started dancing at the age of 5 in ballet, tap and modern and then also began competing in line dancing from the age of 7.
She went on to become three time World Dance Champion in the Allstar division from 16 to 18, but then gave up that side of dancing to train professionally at Laine Theatre Arts in 2012.
Whilst at college and since graduating, Hannah has danced in pantomime, on the BBC’s The One Show, Britain’s Got Talent and has also had the opportunity to dance abroad for 8 months with Live Business.
Hannah is loving being part of the Mushroom team, and is very excited for her first show with everyone!
Louisa heads up singing at Mushroom Theatre Company, teaching children from junior school age and upwards, and adults as part of the Equal People Choir.
Louisa is a singer/songwriter, actor and qualified vocal coach, with a higher diploma in Contemporary singing from The Voice College. She is also the founder of Essex Vocal Coaching; providing coaching and classes in singing, songwriting and music.
She trains children and adults in Contemporary and Musical Theatre both 1:1 and in a class environment. Under Louisa’s guidance, students have gained the confidence to perform in front of an audience, been given the opportunity to write, record and perform their own songs and some have gained places at institutions such as The BRIT School, Italia Conti, Tring Park, Chichester University and Mountview Academy to name a few.