The Team

Keith Humphrey

Book & Music

Keith is a self confessed ‘Creator’ and combined with his love of song writing, the written word and musical theatre, it is no surprise that new musicals should result!

Busker is Keith's second full-scale musical production following ‘hot in the heals’ of Boiling Frog that performed at Harrogate theatre (2011) and Grand Opera House, York (2012).

Keith's learnt the piano from an unorthodox blues pianist and writes without the ability of reading music. His ear for a catchy melody features strongly in his work but equally feels that a story narrative with emotional depth is a must, with music enhancing the mood that the libretto creates.

Keith third musical is currently in development along with his debut novel.

Louise Denison

Director and Choreographer

Louise trained in all aspects of dance and theatre arts in her hometown of Leeds, with Jen Pearce and John Auty. By the age of 9 she had made both her TV and West End débuts, despite coming from a very un-theatrical background! She was asked to choreograph her first show at the age of 18, “right out of the blue”, at the Theatre Royal, York, and immediately said yes despite her mother’s reservations! To her amazement, she was asked to return to direct the next show before she had even finished the first. It was about this stage that she decided to “retire” from performing.

Since then she has directed / choreographed nearly every type of show you could imagine! From musicals and pantomimes, to youth projects and summer schools, bridal and fashion shows, to work shops and videos. Shows which take six months to rehearse and shows that take twenty-four hours!

As a dance teacher she specialises in Jazz and Tap and has worked throughout the country teaching all ages. She also taught for a short time in Australia and has taken part in a series of Master classes in Alabama, U.S.A.

She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Dance Studies at the Laban Centre, London, under the guidance of Dr. North, one of Laban’s assistants. This renewed her love of contemporary dance and fuelled her ambition to start a new dance company. Six months later this dream was realised when “Damuus Dance Company” made their debut at the Powerhouse Theatre, Wakefield.

Jim Lunt

Musical Director

Jim spends his year working in various theatres across Yorkshire conducting musicals. Recent shows include Aspects of Love (West Yorkshire Playhouse), High School Musical (Bradford Alhambra), Hairspray (Leeds Grand) , Grease (Harrogate Theatre) and Cats (Theatre Royal Wakefield). Jim is a composer in his own right, having been shortlisted for the prestigious national Vivienne Ellis Award for new musicals when he co-wrote the musical adaptation of Alice Through The Looking Glass. He also co-wrote the music for a children’s Christmas musical The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and has written TV jingles for two well known breakfast cereals!

Jim also works as a musical arranger – recent work includes shows for Page & Moy cruise liners, Doncaster Music Services and BBC Radio Four drama.

Phill Ruddy

Producer

Phill has been active in the world of Musical Theatre for over 30 years both in an amateur and professional capacity. Following the successful collaboration with Keith Humphrey and the Humruddy Team in the production of ‘Boiling Frog’ He is delighted to have the opportunity to co-produce ‘Busker’ with Keith a very talented artistic team. An experienced and award winning Director and Choreographer in his own right, Phill is looking forward to watching Louise Dennison and Jim Lunt weave their magic on this unique project.

Matthew Winkworth

Orchestration and Arrangements

Matt trained at Goldsmiths College, London, and is currently based in Oxford working as a freelance composer and musical director. He won the inaugural Perfect Pitch Award in 2014 with Chris Bush and their musical, ODD, is currently in development. In 2015 the pair went on to win their category of the Kevin Spacey Foundation Artist of Choice award. Matt was also a finalist for the RSC Song Competition (2015). Other credits as composer include: The Bureau of Lost Things (2015) with Chris Bush; Hidden Spire (2015), OFS Arts; Stone’s Throw (2013), Pegasus Theatre; The Odyssey, Attempts on Her Life, Under Milk Wood, Animal Farm and The Canterbury Tales (2011-15), Oxford Playhouse