Friday, 8 February 2013

Matt & Nic made MANIC

Manic Stage Productions was founded in 2005 by Nicole Louise Geddes & Matt Newman. They met way back in the year 2000 when they both trained at the acclaimed Performers Dance College under the direction of Brian Rogers. They spent 3 intense years to achieve diplomas in dance & musical theatre as well as becoming qualified ISTD dance teachers. They then headed out into the industry as professional dancers, where they both performed extensively on TV and in the theatre. Their CVs include performances with in the UK and abroad, alongside famous names such as Lionel Richie, Kylie Minogue, Anita Dobson, Cannon & Ball to name but a few, and have been lucky enough to add places such as New York, LA, Las Vegas, Dubai and many European destinations to their paid travels!

Matt is originally from Portsmouth and when Nicole married her Sailor school sweetheart she also found her self living here in the seaside city. It was as if Manic had always meant to be and with a friendship that seemed to have been made a lifetime ago, it made sense for the two of them to join forces. Their joint love of the performing arts, industry knowledge and solid friendship compelled them to start up a company that would provide Portsmouth and its community with the same high class entertainment and levels of teaching as they had both been so lucky to have experienced over the years.

The name Manic Stage Productions was actually thought up by Matts mum! We call it our "Friendship name" just like brangelina, Jedward and Tomcat ;-) Unlike the rocky relationships of the star couples just mentioned, Matt and Nicole are joined for life by Manic and after 7 successful years in business they wouldn't have it any other way.

Today Manic Stage Productions has surpassed their expectations and has certainly grown in size. It has provided friendly, enthusiastic, professional performing arts service to many performing arts companies, schools, and businesses across Portsmouth and always provide them with the best service in the area. Their ethos is to offer opportunities to Portsmouth based, self employed, trained and working dancers and singers outside of London, right here in their home town. This ensures that top quality highly trained individuals can share their talents with the people of Portsmouth. They encourage each performer to embark on other opportunities on stage and screen across the globe with the knowledge, that when they return home, Manic Stage Productions will endeavor to have work for them.

Not content with stopping there Nicole and Matt are constantly developing new ways for their business to flourish and succeed and realise that their own growth is key. Nicole graduated August 2012 with a BA Honours Professional Practice Degree in Performing Arts Management. Whilst Matt is currently in his second year studying for his Certificate in Education.
Manic Stage Productions had their hard work and dedication was recognised last year when they were shortlisted for Portsmouth News Business Awards - Team of the year and they are excited to announce they are once again contenders for this years awards!

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