Our Biographies

Marylyn Phillips

Marylyn was taught dance by her mother JACKIE PALMER and her training in dance and drama continued at The Place;  New College of Speech and Drama.

Her acrobatic coach was a Hungarian Circus Acrobat.

Qualifications: AIDTA; ADB; LRAM (specialising in Mime).

Marylyn won many festivals as a child and appeared in show all over the country. As an adult Marylyn combined her BBC Radio career in production with that of being a professional choreographer working on pantomimes, tv shows including Junior Showtime and in 1977 the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Celebration at Windsor.

In l971 Marylyn started the Jackie Palmer Stage School with her mother. Alongside this Marylyn runs JPA ASSOCIATES incorporating JACKIE PALMER AGENCY;  JP YOUNG PERFORMERS and the adult agency JPA MANAGEMENT.  Jackie Palmer Stage School moved to a brand newly renovated building in the centre of High Wycombe in 2013 and with its dance studios; drama and singing rooms;  as well as access to editing suites for both sound and video, it has now also become home to JP ACADEMY (a full time school for 16 – 18 year olds). During this time Marylyn has produced many shows and seeing how well the students develop by doing these shows has now moved to the next stage. Along with Jo Hawes who she met while Jo was working in Stage Management at Theatre Royal Windsor, Marylyn is now opening the doors to THE REP COMPANY – whose aim is Training Through Performance and is using the tried and tested formula of the original rep company system.

Joanne Hawes CDG

Jo trained at LAMDA and started her career over 40 years ago at the Theatre Royal Windsor, where she met Marylyn, first as a dresser and then in Stage Management.

In London she was part of the SM team on ANNIE, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, ON YOUR TOES and LA CAGES AUX FOLLES.

Following several years as a theatrical PA she became the Children’s Casting Director for OLIVER! at the London Palladium in 1995. Many, many productions have followed and amongst others is currently casting THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE, LES MISERABLES, MISS SAIGON, and the international tour of MARY POPPINS.

Jo travels all over the UK and Ireland giving Masterclasses in the Art of Auditioning to children and young people from 7 years old. She also runs Performing Arts Courses in school holidays.

Her book CHILDREN IN THEATRE was published in 2012.

She is married and lives in Berkshire with her husband and children.