The Team

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Jill McGrogan
Jill trained at the Arts Educational Theatre School in London. She had a successful career both as a solo artist and as a member of groups. She toured the world as a singer, had two recording contracts with MCA and RAK records and appeared on Top of the Pops, Crackerjack, Swap Shop etc. In 1978 she opened a West End Agency and Management company called Razzamatazz representing Eurovision Song Contest winners ‘Bucks Fizz‟. She owned Stagecoach Theatre Arts School in East Grinstead for ten years but sold the business and now concentrates on Bullfrog Productions.

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Emma Jackson
Emma trained with both ‘The Royal Academy of Music’ and ‘The Royal College Of Music’.  She is an accomplished musician and teaches private and group singing at our Vocational classes, both in Sevenoaks and East Grinstead. After some years performing, Emma worked for eight years at Sussex Downs College as a lecturer in Musical Theatre, Singing and Music. She is also co-founder of ‘The Performance  Factory’ currently based in Eastbourne. Emma fulfils a major role in Bullfrog both  Directing and Musical Directing most of our productions Emma is thrilled to be a part of Bullfrog and looks forward to assisting in the creation and development of a young, professional company.

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Holly McGrogan
Holly graduated from the Centre of performing arts in London having gained all her teaching qualifications and now intends to continue teaching while also pursuing her love of performance. She previously attended the Britt school where she gained Distinction in a 2 year course in musical theatre, and has taught at Stagecoach Theatre Arts in both East Grinstead  and Redhill.. She Choreographed for the show Bounce and was Choreographer for WWRY, Back to the 80‟s and many other productions.. She appeared in Bullfrogs professional touring productions of Seussical, Aristocats and Beauty & The Beast and appeared as one of the dancers on ‘The Original Bucks Fizz’ latest tour. Holly opened her own highly successful Dance school D 2 Dance in September 2011 in Hildenborough. She is currently a partner in Bullfrog Productions and looks forward to a creative future within the team.

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Melissa Painter
Melissa is co-founder of The Performance Factory and is thrilled that they have teamed with Bullfrog and is now a partner in the company.  She has been teaching dance for many years.  After a spell as principal ballerina for Southern Youth Ballet she began her theatre training at the Italia Conti School in London.  Melissa’s first professional job as a performer was as a backing dancer for Michael Jackson and she has performed professionally in the West End and in UK tours.  Melissa choreographs and teachers dance in all forms at our vocational classes in East Grinstead.

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Natalie Stroud
Natalie has trained in Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre from a very young age and gained top grades in all three disciplines. She has worked onstage extensively, appearing as the female lead in shows such as ‘Rent’, ‘Footloose’, ‘West Side Story’ and more. Professional theatre credits include the South East tour of ‘Seussical the Musical’, ‘Honk!’, ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ . She has performed at Her Majesty’s theatre and the London Palladium, as well as making numerous TV and radio appearances on both BBC and ITV. Natalie began teaching dance at sixteen and is hugely excited to have joined the Bullfrog team. As a previous student who trained with the theatre group, she hopes to inspire all her current and future students to be the best performers they can be. 

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Hannah Smith
Hannah has trained in all aspects of musical theatre from a very young age, primarily as a student at Tenterden Ballet Studios and East Sutton Community Youth Theatre. She has performed in, directed and choreographed numerous amateur dramatic productions, as well as appeared in a professional short film: ‘A Fine Wine’. Originally intending to perform, Hannah has attended intensive courses at The Urdang Academy and Bird College in London, but fell in love with teaching when assisting her first class as an older student at Tenterden Ballet Studios. In 2017, Hannah graduated from the Anna Morgan Teacher Training College in Herne Bay, achieving her ISTD Diploma in Dance Education in Imperial Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap Dance. Hannah is thrilled to be joining the team at Bullfrog Productions and is excited to see and work with all their talented students.
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Brett is a professional musician, pianist, vocal coach, choir leader, instrumental tutor, accompanist, qualified music teacher, exam moderator… and is rather busy! He has been a professional musician for 20 years and music teacher & tutor for over 10 years. He works in many styles from pop and rock to classical and music theatre. As a vocal coach he works with children and adults of all abilities, particularly in popular song and theatre repertoire.  He has worked for several youth theatre companies in London and the south east, and has been involved in productions of all kinds from the popular (Les Miserables, Oliver and West Side Story) to the less common (The Baker’s Wife, Assassins and In The Heights).  He is delighted to be working for Bullfrog Productions and taking on a new and exciting challenge.