Meet the team!
Hello and welcome to Acting Bugs.
My name is Samantha Seager and I am the creator and founder of Acting Bugs.
I am an actress, originally from Manchester and I put my roots down in east London in the late 90's, just before I had my two children, now 13 and 15. I have worked extensively in theatre and TV over the last 25 years and my work includes Billy Elliott, Coronation Street (I played Jodie Morton throughout 2007) and some of you with under 5's may know me as Bobby the Bus Cleaner from Cbeebies series Me Too! (See latest episode on Iplayer) I have also taught drama for many years for Perform, a leading drama provider for 4-8 year olds.
I started doing Acting Bugs sessions in 2012 in my local church hall in Leytonstone as I love working with children, particularly with pre-schoolers and and toddlers and have a passion for drama, play and having fun. When my children were much younger, I was often frustrated with the lack of creative and imaginative activities we could attend together in my local community and I vowed that when I had the opportunity I would establish such a drama group. The seed for Acting Bugs had been planted and now in 2017 we run weekly Butterflies sessions for 3-4 year olds and Buzzy Bees sessions for 22 months to under 3 years in various locations throughout East London and East Sussex.
Butterflies and Buzzy Bees sessions introduce preschool children and toddlers to the magical world of drama and storytelling. These exciting and carefully devised sessions will get your little one's imagination buzzing whilst developing confidence and focus in a safe and friendly environment. Many of the stories are written specially for Acting Bugs and use fairy tales and folklores from around the world as the basis for their adventure and include beautiful loving messages that promote friendship and community.
The sessions are designed so the parent/carer can join in alongside the child and use puppets, props, bubbles, songs and movement to create wonderful worlds and stories which we will explore together.
We also provide Acting Bugs Parties which have turned out to be a huge hit with children and parents alike. See our party page for more information.
I hope you will join us for lots of fun, friendship and laughter and get your little one's imagination buzzing!
Hi I’m Kate! My professional performing career began when I was just 8 years old, I was lucky enough to land a role in the Andrew Lloyd Webber / Tim Rice musical Evita at Manchester’s Palace Theatre. This stage debut was soon to be followed by appearing in The Wizard of Oz as well as playing the juvenile lead in Cavalcade (both at the Palace Theatre). I began my professional training aged 12 at The Hammond School in Chester, then moved down to continue my studies in London and graduated from Bird College of Performing Arts in 2004. My career began in earnest at London’s Shaw Theatre, where I appeared in several shows including Closer Than Ever, Songs for a New World and The Boyfriend.
In 2005 I became the head dancer with Cruising Musicals Consortium, under the direction of Paul Elliot and Chris Morino and spent two years performing 17 varied shows onboard P&O’s Aurora and Oriana. After a brief spell on land, where I joined Scotland’s funny men Allan Stewart and Andy Grey in the Qudos production of Mother Goose at the King’s Theatre Edinburgh, I rejoined the Oriana as lead singer with resident jazz band Natural High. In addition to the nightly shows onboard the ship, I also had the opportunity to perform in well-respected jazz venues in Hong Kong, Cape Town and New Orleans.
Since returning from my adventures at sea, I have appeared in several plays at London’s Workhouse Theatre, including Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. I spent last year up in my native Manchester as Head of Musical Theatre at the Media City Performing Arts Academy and Infinity Dance School as well as free-lance teaching for KNT Danceworks at The Northern Ballet School.
I am very happy to be back in London and extremely excited to join the Acting Bugs team!!
'A story-teller, by trade, Duncan has travelled near and far in search of what stories are and the power that they hold. Having completed a Latin Studies degree (MA) from the University of Edinburgh, Duncan is well versed in Ancient Greek and Roman mythologies, though his travels have also lead him into contact with the Celtic, Chinese, Indian, Native American and Aboriginal tales.
Drawing influence from all of these, Duncan has recently compiled a book of his own fairy-tales, Tales from the Forest, which is set to be released late in 2017.
For Duncan, stories go well beyond the realm of books and pages, he lives them and breathes them and nothing brings his heart more joy than sharing them. Along the road of his adventures, Duncan also ran into his own inner child and now is having a hard time getting him to be quiet!
Duncan is very excited to be joining the Acting Bugs project and sharing, laughing and playing in all the good name of stories!'