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Steven Sparling

Steven Sparling

Course Leader, Musical Theatre
Academic school:
Job title:
Course Leader, Musical Theatre
Higher qualifications:

Diploma (Grant MacEwan University), BFA (Concordia University), MA (University of East Anglia), PG Cert Academic Practice (University of West London)

Professional organisations:
Fellow, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)
Member, British Actors’ Equity
Member, Canadian Actors’ Equity
Fellow, Higher Education Authority (FHEA)


Steven made his West End debut in Scrooge at the London Palladium, a role he also played on several tours throughout the UK. In addition, he also toured as the Constable and understudy to the title role in Doctor Dolittle (Bill Kenwright Productions). On the London fringe, Steven played Harry in Flora the Red Menace (Landor Theatre), JFK in Thirteen Days (Grimeborn Festival, Arcola Theatre), Isaac in Love & War (Union Theatre and Ye Old Rose and Crown), Jitter in Musical of Musicals (All Star Productions/Rose and Crown), and Hwang in Bicycle (Camden People's Theatre).

On film, he has appeared in Mesocafé which premiered at London's Raindance Festival and Dubai's Gulf Festival, as well as several short films. He has appeared in cabaret at The Leicester Square Theatre, The Pheasantry, The Arts Club, Bretton Hall (Leeds), and the former Theatre Museum in Covent Garden and has acted in staged readings of new plays at the Soho Theatre, the Bridewell Theatre, the Lost Theatre and the Tristan Bates Theatre.

Recordings include It Takes Two: Stephen Sondheim Duets (with musical supervisor and pianist Stuart Pedlar) and the concept musical Dracula. Before moving to the UK, Steven worked for ten years in theatres across Canada including: Stage West Calgary, Mayfair Dinner Theatre, Edmonton Opera, UBC Opera, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Mile Zero Dance and The CBC.

Currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London, he founded The Thriving Creative in 2011 and has delivered workshops on marketing and business skills for artists in the UK, Canada and South Africa.