Chris Hocking - EDA Patron
"It is very useful to have some experience in vocational Mucial Theatre training before you audition for Professional Training courses. A BTEC at EDA would enable you to gain this, as well as the skills and confidence required to achieve a place on a Musical Theatre programme like Arts Ed."
Chris trained at the Nesta Brooking School of Ballet where he studied National with Mr. Robert Harold. He then went on to a very successful performing career in the West End, on tour and in regional repertory theatre. Shows include Chicago, Carousel, The King and I, The Rocky Horror Show, Chess, Hot Stuff, On The Town, Barnum and Hello, Dolly!
He has choreographed the UK tours of Oklahoma!, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, South Pacific, Fiddler On The Roof, the British premiere of Jekyll and Hyde and The Rise & Fall of Little Voice. Other credits include Club Tropicana – The 80s musical (which he co-wrote) at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Schwartz Stories at The King’s Head, Let Him Have Justice (Cochrane Theatre), , Keeler (Charing Cross Theatre) The Railway Children and Wind In The Willows (both Sevenoaks Playhouse).
- Chris has been awarded the Fellowship of the British and International Federation of Festivals and is an adjudicator member of the organisation. He is also Vice-Chair of all England Dance.
- He has directed and choreographed numerous pantomimes around the country. Chris has been awarded an M.A. in Choreography from Middlesex University. He is Deputy Principal and Director of the Schools of Musical Theatre and Acting at The Arts Educational Schools, London (ArtsEd)