Executive Producer & Course Director

Craig Bartley

FIDTA, MBBO, Dip.in Dance teaching (Trinity), Cert.ED. City & Guilds


Some of Craig’s credit highlights:

  • 42nd Street original cast (Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London)
  • Me & My Girl (Adelphi Theatre, London)
  • La Cage Aux Folles (Palladium Theatre, London)
  • Mack And Mabel (Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London)
  • Man of 
La Mancha (Peacock Theatre, London)
  • Grease – Craig spent more than two and a half years playing the part of Doody for which he received the Golden Quiff Award for the best performer in a musical, which was presented by Victoria Wood
  • Song & Dance as jazz dancer role (US national tour)
  • 42nd Street as Billy Lawlor (US national tour)
  • Follies Royale as juvenile lead role of Joe in the original New York production (Broadway)
  • Dance Proms 2015 production choreographer and staging creative at the Royal Albert Hall, London
  • Dance Proms 2016 production choreographer and staging creative at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Craig2 2Craig Bartley trained at the Jackie Lynn Dance Studios in Kent and also at the Ballet Rambert Academy in London. He has over 35 years professional experience.

Craig’s first professional engagements were at Bournemouth, Stevenage and Blackpool in pantomimes and various summer shows. Craig then went on to perform in London’s West End in shows such as 42nd Street (Original cast at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London), Me & My Girl (Adelphi Theatre, London), La Cage Aux Follies (Palladium Theatre, London), Mack And Mabel in concert (Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London) and Man of La Mancha (Peacock Theatre, London) of which he recorded the cast albums for both ‘Mack And Mabel’ and ‘Man of La Mancha’. Craig has been involved in many production workshops such as ‘Cats’ (New London Theatre), ‘Starlight Express’ (Apollo Victoria Theatre, London), ‘Martin Guerre’ original cast (Prince Edward Theatre, London), ‘Les Miserables’ portraying ‘Enjolras’ (Palace Theatre, London), ‘Billy Elliott’ (Victoria Palace Theatre, London), ‘Dirty Dancing’ (Aldwych Theatre, London), ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ (Palace Theatre, London) and ‘Hunchback Of Notre Dame’ (Theatre Centre of Berlin) portraying the lead narration part of ‘Clopin’ for Disney.

Craig spent more than two and a half years playing the part of ‘Doody’ in the hit musical ‘Grease’ where he received the Golden Quiff Award for the best performer in a musical, which was presented by Victoria Wood.

Craig has devised, directed, choreographed and performed in many musical revue shows throughout Europe and the United States. His US theatre credits include ‘Song & Dance’ as jazz dancer role (US national tour), ‘42nd Street’ as Billy Lawlor (US national Tour) and the original New York (Broadway) production of ‘Follies Royale’ playing the juvenile lead role of ‘Joe’.

While in the United States, Craig was engaged to perform as backing vocalist and warm up performer for the Caribbean national tour with ‘Gladys Knight’ in her award winning one woman show. After which he then toured in the same capacity with Jennifer Holliday from the original Broadway ‘Dreamgirls’.

Craig’s television debut was in the early days of ‘Grange Hill’ for the BBC. Further TV credits include ‘The Les Dennis & Dustin Gee show’ for BBC television, ‘The Price Is Right’ as a dancer / game show host with Lesley Crowther (Talbot Television / ITV), ‘Tales of out Of School’ (Drama for Central TV), ‘Dancers’ (Drama for Westward TV), ‘C.A.T.S. EYES’ playing ‘Steve’ the office boy for TVS and ‘Eastenders’ and ‘The Christmas special’ for the BBC.

He also appeared in two Royal Variety Performances at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane for the BBC and ITV.

Commercial Television includes Barclays Bank (Central TV) and Texaco Oil (NBC Films), which is still extensively screened in the US.

In film, Craig played the part of Nigel in Monty Python’s ‘The Meaning of Life’.

In 2002 Craig was honoured when chosen to stage and choreograph ‘La Traviata’ for the Ukranian opera company and Opera international at the famous Royal Albert hall in London, which then took him onto choreograph  the International tour of ‘AIDA’.

Craig’s experience has enabled him to travel the globe extensively whilst being involved in performing, choreographing, directing and producing for the inaugural production set up for most of the World’s leading cruise lines.

He has had the privilege to have met and performed for each of the Royal family in the UK, also the Royals of Spain, Denmark, Greece and Monaco.

As well as performing, Craig has often taught specialist classes at Mountview, Millenium, Urdang, Elmhurst and Red Roofs Theatre School, although now has his own vocational full-time Starquest Performers College.

Craig is a professional adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Music, Dance and Drama Festivals Worldwide.

He regularly lectures on dance and Musical Theatre subjects with the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) and has been part of the South East area Theatre Dance Council Committee (IDTA).

In 2015, Craig was commissioned to stage and  choreograph the prestigious annual International Dance Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, working with over 500+ International dancers including Principals from the Royal Ballet and the Lukas McFarlane Dance company. In October 2016, Craig has been once again asked to repeat this role to create some outstanding choreography and staging once again at the Royal Albert Hall.

Craig is the full-time Course Director and co-Principal of Starquest Performing Arts and Starquest Performers College in Chatham and oversees branches at Sheppey and Rochester.

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