Friday 3 April 2020

Julian's Biography

Julian Ward-Smith has worked in the musical theatre industry for over thirty years. As well as building up an extensive private teaching practice, he has taught at several performing arts colleges including the prestigious Arts Ed London, where Julian presided over the audition and assessment panels between 1995 and 2004.

Career Summary 1984-2004 :

Since 2004, Julian has taught exclusively from home, training an ever-burgeoning number of  private students, who benefit from his expert guidance. His students come from all walks of life and vary from complete beginners to seasoned West End professionals.

Television appearances :

He has helped to develop the careers of myriad West End performers through his highly individual teaching methods.

Julian focuses on preparing students in all aspects of audition technique. Whilst his specialist one-on-one lessons remain a core provision, he has now introduced a series of performance classes/singing workshops, where students are encouraged to perform in front of an audience of other students and receive extensive feedback on their songs. The most important thing for many of them is the opportunity to brush up their audition skills by singing in public. This new innovation is designed to aid audition nerves and, indeed, helps to make the whole process of singing as natural as possible.

Julian's students are currently appearing in the West End productions of Singin' In The Rain, Top Hat, Wicked, Shrek The Musical and Mamma Mia.  His students have previously appeared in earlier productions of Jersey Boys, We Will Rock You, Dirty Dancing, Love Never Dies, Hairspray, Chicago, Buddy, Spamalot, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Les Miserables, The Phantom Of The Opera, Spring Awakening, The Full Monty, Evita, Gone With The Wind, Saturday Night Fever, Sinatra, Lord Of The Rings, Footloose, Fame, Our House, Beauty And The Beast, Crazy For You and Annie. He also has numerous students away performing in UK/European/World tours.