Judges

Luis de Abreu AISTD, PGCE, MA, FRSA

Principal and Artistic Director of Bird College

Head Judge

Luis trained professionally in dance and musical theatre at Bird College under the direction of Doreen Bird, and he then went on to train in acting at the Poor School. Other training has included a Script and Story Structure Course with Robert McKee, Approaches to Physical Theatre at Middlesex University a Mask Workshop with the Pleiades Company and Kasm Mask, and Commedia dell’Arte with Antonio Fava. He has also completed an MA in Physical Theatre at the University of Surrey and Royal Holloway University of London, and a PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University College. 

As a director, he has worked on Hands Across the Sea, Bouncers, Barnum, The Wiz, The Owl and the Pussycat, Line, Teechers, Infidelities!, Road, Habeus Corpus, Private Wars, Commedia dell’Arte, Children of Eden, The Life, I love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Fascinating Rhythms, Who Could Ask for Anything More?, Bat Boy, Kiss Me Kate, Songs for a New World, Legends, Icons and Idols, 42nd Street, Sweet Charity, Elegies, Noitamina, Crazy for You, Fame The Musical, Burlesque and other Distractions, Hello Dolly, Footloose, Broadway Then and Now, West Side Story, Curtains, Hooray for Hollywood, Cabaret, Hot Mikado, Joie De Vivre,  Addams Family, Wonderlands, Seasons, Chorus Line, Cirque, Parade, Damn Yankees!, Destinations, and Wars. Other productions include choreography and direction for Dentro Da Minha Cabeça and choreography for Metamorphosis (Dance Theatre). 

He Joined the Bird College in 1996 and was later promoted to Head of Acting and Performance Studies. He was also Agency Manager for Bird Personnel Management from 1998 – 2005. He was appointed Deputy Principal and Artistic Director of Bird College in 2005. He was External Examiner for St Mary’s College, Surrey University from 2005 -2009 and currently for the Institute of the Arts Barcelona. 

Luis was appointed an Executive Director and Trustee of Bird College in October 2008 and Deputy CEO in June 2015, became Principal and Artistic Director of the College in 2022. Luis is also a regular adjudicator for Dance World Cup, Dance England, TDCI, Global Dance and is a proud Patron and head judge of Supreme Dance Competitions.

Jessica Levin

Bird College Judge

Jessica graduated from Bird College in 2016, and after a short run of Spamalot (Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells), returned to work at the college later that year.

Whilst providing su De Abreu, Joint Principal and Artistic Director, Jessica now works closely with both students and staff to organise and maintain the timetable, scheduling and communication within the college. In addition to her role at Bird College, Jessica works closely with the Be. Training Programme in the role of industry partner, supporting students in their rise to professional training as well as being a member of their audition panel. In her free time, Jessica also teaches young performers in Musical Theatre, Jazz and professional development.

 

Becky Herszenhorn

Industry Professional Judge

Becky graduated from Bird College in 2012 and has been lucky enough to have consistently worked in the industry since. She has performed in several musicals on the West End and UK tours, such as playing Val in Chorus Line at the London Palladium, ensemble and cover Velma in Chicago, ensemble in The Last Tango with Vincent and Flavia and 42nd St at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. She has also worked in television having worked on different TV series such as the Sky Drama-You, Me and the Apocalypse and Galavant. She is also a commercial and voiceover artist having worked with lots of different big brands.

Becky now teaches for various different drama and musical theatre schools in and around London as well as other establishments around the UK. She has been an adiudicator for several different worldwide competitions and provides musical theatre workshops worldwide. Becky is very passionate about theatre and performing, and loves inspiring the next generation to work hard for their dreams.