Burnt Mill Academy Trust

Disney calls on BMAT Director

Disney has turned to a Burnt Mill Academy Trust (BMAT) director for guidance on its educational resources.

Cristin Casey, director of performing arts for the Trust’s primary and secondary schools, has been invited to join the Teachers Advisory Board at the Disney Theatrical Group.

The board, made up of a handful of teachers from around the country, enables the international brand to consult with teachers and education advisors to keep resources and experiences relevant.

The aim of the board is for Disney to get an insight into what teachers look for to support a theatre trip and how to link the experience to the curriculum. 

As well as helping Disney to tailor its educational resources to the specific audience, the partnership will have benefits for students within the Trust schools in Harlow, Epping and Stansted.

Mrs Casey, who recently attended her first meeting, said: “This connection will enable all learners to take advantage of behind the scenes tours and attend workshops to learn from members of the Disney team, including performers, costume designers, lighting designers and choreographers, when attending Disney West End performances, such as Aladdin and Lion King. It’s another networking opportunity which will bring opportunities to our schools.

“It was so inspiring for me to go to that meeting and then return to our schools with lots of innovating, creative and exciting ideas for our students.

“We will be able to bring the magic of Disney to our performing arts lessons in school.”