FIDTA (DIS.) LIDTA, Cert Ed, Dip Arts Ed, SAC Dip,
All England, Federation and TDCI championship Adjudicator
Carrie is currently Leading Actor Tutor at Hope Aria Academy in Manchester and studying for a BA Honours in Theatre Studies through Rose Bruford College, London. Formerly trained by her Mother Noeleen Ellis-Balshaw at the Carlotta School Blackburn, she then went on to finish her training at Arts Educational School London.
Having had more than 37 years of a career performing in London’s West End, National UK Tours, Repertory Theatre, Television, Radio, Concerts and Films. Carrie now lives in beautiful Lytham St. Annes where she continues to pass on her passion and knowledge for performing to her students. She now focuses most of her time choreographing Festival work, master classes, audition technique, drama and musical theatre, choreographing and directing shows in various colleges all over the country. As well as being a Federation All England and TDCI championship Adjudicator.
Favourite roles include: Velma Kelly, ‘Chicago’; Carlotta, ‘Phantom of the Opera’; Jellylorum & Grizabella, ‘Cats’; Peaches/Baby Jane, ‘Jerry Springer The Opera’; Lady Jacqueline, ‘Me and My Girl’; Golde, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’; Lesley Pynchon, ‘The Fix’; Consuela, ‘West Side Story’; Ida, ‘Honk’;Lianne Dexhleman’s, ‘Gigi’; Mavis ‘Stepping Out’; Mrs. Molloy, ‘The Matchmaker’; Cousin Hebe, ‘HMS Pinafore’ to name but a few, as well as numerous pantomimes including playing principle boys, baddies and fairies.
Carrie has also performed in concerts in Britain and in Europe. TV works includes: ‘Cutting It’, ‘Highly Sprung’, ‘Tonight at 8.30’, ‘Coronation Street’ and ‘Jerry Springer the Opera’. On Radio; Lead roles in ‘Chorus Line’, ‘Follies’, ‘Sweet Charity’, and ‘Take It up the Octave’.