Amanda Claire Crooks

Music Theatre Lecturer

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Media Factory, ME127

+44 (0) 1772 89 5982

Subject Areas: Performance

Manny has been involved with the Music Theatre course since its inception. Manny has had a wealth of experience as an actress, singer, voice over artist and vocal coach. Manny teaches all of the singing technique on the course, leading many of the voice modules.

Full Profile

Manny has a degree in Performing Arts from the University of Central Lancashire (2002) then went on to gain one of only 15 places available to train professionally at the Guildford School of Acting studying for a postgraduate qualification in Musical Theatre.

Manny lived and worked professionally in London after graduating in 2004. Manny has worked in a range of different companies from creating roles in new musicals to providing voice overs for CITV/Pesky's BAFTA award-winning Amazing Adrenalini Brothers.

Manny has worked in many regional theatres as an accent and dialect coach and for a number of years Manny has been training with Estill Voice International - one of the world's leading voice models. This training allows the performer a theoretical approach to voice studies, learning 'how' they are producing sound by a greater understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the whole head, neck, larynx, tongue, etc. Healthy voice use is of paramount importance, therefore knowledge is power.


Associate Member of the Higher Education Authority.


Currently studying towards CFP (Certified Figures Proficiency) in Estill Voice Training. This is a pre-requisite of the CMT (Certified Master Trainer).


Voice pedagogy, in particular research into different voice practices including Estill Voice International.


Running voice practice groups with external singing teachers.

External Activities

External vocal coach for theatre and voice over work.

Regularly visit the Voice Disorders Clinic at one of the best voice clinics in the country at Wythenshawe Hospital.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Lead lecturer and module tutor of all singing technique delivery and module leader and lead lecturer on many of the voice modules.


Music Theatre in Higher Education (Bath Spa University) Estill Voice Training Level One and Two at the Royal Academy of Music and Estill Voice Training Level One and Two (as a regional assistant) Alexandra Business Park, St Helens.