Jill Williams

Founder Principal Jill Williams B.Ed Drama First Class Honours /MA Drama with Distinction


A first class (Hons) graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama - Jill launched Class Act Theatre School in 1999 producing numerous shows and has become a recognised Theatre Director and supporter of Drama with Young People. With an MA in Reflective Theatre - Jill continues to push boundaries within the Performing Arts and life coaching. Jill is passionate about life, achieving ambitions and the Arts being accessible to all.

Jill is delighted with her new role as Resident Director on Disney's The Lion King UK and Dublin Tour from July 2019. Her daughter Amber will be Interim Principal at Pontardawe from September 2019. Amber was a member of CATS from its inception and then trained at Mountview Theatre Arts in London. Amber is excited to lead Pontardawe CATS and direct their 2020 show!

About Jill
Kayte Walsh

Kayte Walsh B.A Joint Honours Degree Theatre and Performing Arts / PGDE Drama and English Secondary Education


Kayte embraced musical theatre from the age of 3, attending dance, drama and singing classes at her local theatre school. Kayte performed in many shows and competed in completions in Swansea and surrounding areas.

With her passion for performing arts, Kayte took every opportunity to develop her skills and to perform throughout her senior school years. Excellence in GCSE and A Level Drama and Dance led to a degree in Drama and Performing Arts, followed by post graduate studies in Drama & English Secondary Education. Teaching drama became Kayte‚Äôs vocation and where she has made her mark.

Kayte is currently Head of Performing Arts at Ffynone House School, Swansea's leading Independent school, as well as Principal of Neath CATS, where GCSE Drama is now available.

About Kayte
Gareth Mitchell

Gareth Mitchell BA Honours Arts Educational School London


Gareth returns to Swansea after 10 years of working as a professional Musical Theatre Performer. Since graduating from ArtsEd, London he has worked in many forms of theatre from Musicals, to immersive theatre experiences and singing aboard luxury Cruise Ships. 

Between contracts Gareth has developed his passion for teaching in Wales as well as in London, working with Perform UK, Y and T, Gower and Neath Port Talbot Colleges and returning to CATS as a teacher and choreographer.

Gareth is thrilled to be moving back to Swansea to take over as Principal from his friend and mentor Jill Williams and is excited to nurture the next generation of performers!

About Gareth