Wales' International Theatre Training Academy & School

Christian Bullen

Principal

1st Class BA (Hons) Drama (Theatre and Media )
​ISTD DDI
 
 

   
Christian is a London based producer, director and choreographer, who also works regularly in Beijing, China. He is principal of Superstars in the Making, a performance education company he set up in 2009.
 
Following on from his grandfather Ron Brown, who made a substantial impact on the arts scene in South Wales, Christian was born into a family of theatre lovers. From the age of 12 to 19, Christian produced, directed and choreographed his own community productions with hundreds of children from the South Wales area, launching a youth company Act4Fun. It was here that Christian developed and nurtured the invaluable skills required to take on a multi-role approach to creating theatre. He also attracted government funding and raised all of the capitalization for every production.
 
At age 19, whilst in year 2 of his degree, after 2 years of planning, Christian opened Superstars in the Making (SITM), a focused and professional training centre for young people. By 2014 this company was operating in China and has, to date, trained well over 3000 children and young people, whilst boasting a strong alumni of performers now working and or training professionally across the world.
 
His aim for SITM is to inspire young people to believe in themselves, lose self-consciousness and provide them with the correct and safe technique required to build a strong foundation for a bright future in performance or any career.
 
Prior to training, Christian worked on a vast amount of projects including: Wicked the Musical (London), The Rakes Progress (WNYO) and numerous musicals at Wales Millennium Centre, New Theatre Cardiff and Memo Arts Centre Barry.
 
Christian then went on to gain a First Class BA Honors degree in Drama from The Atrium, Cardiff.  Following this, Christian trained as a qualified dance teacher for three years at Dance Academy South West, Bristol. Christian is also a qualified karate instructor and has an extensive knowledge in fitness and health. 
 
Here are some notable projects Christian has worked on over the past 4 years in addition to the many SITM projects he manages:
 
2017: So far Christian is working as an associate to award winning producer Katy Lipson on a variety of projects. Notably, Promises Promises (Southwark Playhouse, London), Some Lovers (Southwark Playhouse, London), Lizzie (Greenwich Theatre, London), From Page to Stage Season of New Musicals (The Other Palace, London), Hair the Musical (London). He is arranging an international summer camp and regularly visiting his Beijing academy. He is also presenting the Welsh premiere of “The Amazing Adventures of Superstan” as a youth production in Wales.
 
2016: Christian negotiated a new location for SITM China, which is now situated in Beijing. He directed & choreographed Disney’s High School Musical in Wales and spent the latter part of the year negotiating new partnerships.
 
2015: Christian assisted award winning director and choreographer Andrew Wright on Broadway to the Bay (Wales Millennium Centre) and Oliver! (Leicester Curve). He also produced, directed and choreographed West Side Story (Memo Arts Centre). He also choreographed Bugsy Malone and directed & choreographed Follow the Star for Nik Ashton’s youth theatre (PYT).  
 
2014: Christian launched his brand Superstars in the Making® in China.  He also co-produced a new musical theatre course for people age 14+ at Howell's School Cardiff with Connie Fisher.  He produced, directed and choreographed Hairspray (Memo Arts Centre) and sold-out the 900 seat theatre for every performance.
 
2013: Christian devised and co-produced Star of Stage UK, a national musical theatre competition. He also worked with Connie Fisher to launch The Connie Fisher Academy. He worked alongside Kirk Jameson (Director), Caroline Sheen, Nik Ashton (Resident Director of Matilda the Musical London), Matt Brind (West End Musical Director) & David Mahoney (Only Men Aloud/ Producer). He also produced, directed and choreographed Grease (Memo Arts Centre) and sold-out the 900 seat theatre for every performance.
 
In 2012 Christian secured a summer co-production deal with the 900 seat Memo Arts Centre to produce Fame.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    

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