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Ryder Academi Patrons

We are proud to present our wonderful patrons of Ryder Academi. (Click on each patron for more information)

Kai Owen

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A former pupil of Ysgol Bro Gwydir and Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy, Kai was born and bred in Llanrwst, North Wales. 

He trained at Mountview and he is an associate actor at Theatr Clwyd. 


Theatre credits include, Hosts of Rebecca, Twelfth Night, Under Milk Wood, Song Of The Earth, Rape Of The Fair Country, The Secret, Word For Word, An Accidental Death Of An Anarchist, Silas Marner, As You Like It, A Chorus Of Disapproval, The Winslow Boy, Aristocrats, A Portrait Of The Artist As Young Dog, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Mold Riots - Theatr Clwyd. The Tempest, Richard III - Stafford Castle. Blue Remembered Hills - Torch Theatre. The Life Of Ryan And Ronnie - Sgript Cymru. Relatively Speaking - Gatehouse. Ying Tong - A Walk With The Goons - West End. The Full Monty - UK Tour.  The Glee Club - Out Of Joint/Kiln London.


Television Credits include, Rocketman, Fun At The Funeral Parlour, Waterloo Road, The Syndicate, Casualty, Doctors, Being Human, The Accident, Doc Martin.

Kai is a familiar face on Welsh television, appearing in Gwaith Cartref, Y Pris, Tipyn o Stad, Treflan and Pobol y Cwm all for S4C.


Kai is best known for his portrayal of Rhys in the worldwide hit series Torchwood created by Russell T Davies. 


In 2015 Kai was cast as Pete on Channel 4's Hollyoaks. He was involved in an extremely powerful storyline that along with support from the NSPCC gained great acclaim from critics and audiences alike. 

Rebecca Trehearn

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Rebecca Trehearn is an Olivier award winner for her role as Julie LaVerne in Showboat.  Other credits include Sweet Charity (Nottingham Playhouse; UK theatre award, best performance in a musical); Floyd Collins (Wilton’s Music Hall); Donna/Oolie in City Of Angels (Donmar Warehouse/West End); Marcy in Dogfight (Southwark Playhouse) and Molly Jensen in Ghost (UK National Tour).


Film and television includes: Peggy Roberts in Nan: The Movie, Karen McKay in Dim Ond Y Gwir (S4C); Carla Hewson in Casualty (BBC); Angharad in A470 (S4C).


Rebecca works regularly as a session singer and can be heard on film soundtracks including Into The Woods, The Da Vinci Code and Mamma Mia!  She is also a regular guest artist on the BBC’s Friday Night is Music Night.

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Pearson Casting, are an award-nominated freelance Casting House based in Liverpool & London, working across all genres of entertainment. James and Rosie are both members of The Casting Directors Association and The Casting Society of America. They are also the creators of the Collective Creative Initiative -

Theatre Includes:
‘SIX The Musical’ - Arts Theatre, London & UK Tour; ‘Stay Awake Jake’ - Southwark Playhouse & Album Recording; ‘Forever Plaid’ - Upstairs at the Gatehouse; Black Widows’ - Album Recording; ’Rent’ - Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester; ‘Pricked’ - Vauxhall Tavern; '42nd Street’ - (4 Offie nominations) Upstairs at The Gatehouse; ‘By The Waters of Liverpool - UK Tour; ‘Jerry Springer The Opera’ - Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester; ‘Blood Runs Deep’ - Epstein Theatre, Liverpool; ‘Call Me Vicky’ - (6 Offie nominations) The Pleasance Theatre; ‘Club Mex’ - Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester; ‘Happy Ever After’ - UK Tour; ‘One Man’s Story’ – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool; ‘Bark’– C Venues, Edinburgh; ‘Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus’ – The Other Palace; ‘Spellz’ – UK Tour; ‘Aladdin Goes Pop’ – UK Tour; ‘Cartoon Network Live’ – South Africa/India/Middle East Tours; ‘Anything Goes’ – (6 Offie nominations) Upstairs At The Gatehouse, London; ‘Adam, Eve & Steve’ – C Venues, Edinburgh Fringe & King’s Head Theatre, London; ‘Shout! The Mod Musical’ – Blackpool Winter Gardens; ‘The Return of Neverland’ – UK Tour; ‘A Christmas Carol’ – Blackpool Winter Gardens; ‘Legally Blonde The Musical’ (Nominated for Best Ensemble, Welsh Theatre Awards) – Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

Film & TV Includes:
Feature Films - ‘Crystal’ - Fabian Hellier Films - release date 2022; ‘Stephen’ - Hurricane Films - release date - 2022; ’Fetch’ for Hurricane Films, release date - 2022. Short Films - ’No Traveller Returns’ (nominated for Best Actor/Best Short) - Andrew Pennington Productions; ‘Mummy’s Boy’ - Typecast Productions; ‘Wormfood’ (nominated for Best Northwest Short Film, Sandgrounder International Film Festival) – Ali Coulson/Sarah Higgins; ‘Power of Numbers’ (docufilm) – Standard Chartered/Liverpool FC (Featuring Steven Gerrard); TV - ‘Anne’ (Children’s Casting) - World Productions & ITV.

Commercials & Music Videos:
‘Accrington Stanley Milk Ad’ (Remake featuring Ian Rush) - Parliament Pictures; ’Fearlessly Independent’ – New Balance (Featuring Jurgen Klopp); ‘Smart Funeral Plans’ – Emu Films; ‘The Girl In The Yellow Dress’ – David Gilmour/Hypgnosis.

Cruise Ships, Parks & Overseas:

Pearson Casting work in association with Talent Artistic Group as their in-house casting team, looking after their their shows both internationally and in the UK. They are the UK Casting Directors for Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceana Cruise Line and Regent Seven Seas; they are also delighted to be working in association with the casting team at Norwegian Creative Studios Casting on ‘SIX The Musical’ for them. Since 2017 Pearson Casting have looked after RWS Entertainment Group’s UK casting for Holland America Line, Step One Dance Company, Europa Park Germany, Virgin Voyages and Azamara Club Cruises.

Teleri Hughes

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Teleri is a former student of Ryder Academi, Ysgol Bro Gwydir and Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy in Llanrwst.


Training: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Rare Studio, Liverpool.


Credits while training include: Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, Larger Than Life Revue, A Tribute To Dame Shirley Bassey and Christmas on Broadway.


Theatre includes: Cinderella in Cinderella, Cardiff New Theatre, Ensemble/2nd Cover Eponine in Les Miserables (UK Tour), Ilse in Spring Awakening (Hope Mill Theatre) - Best Actress in a Musical Nomination, The Stage Debut Awards 2018.

Kaân Huzarski

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Kaân is a former student  of Ryder Academi, Ysgol Bro Gwydir and Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy in Llanrwst.


Training: Rare Studio, Liverpool.


Since graduating from Rare Studio in Liverpool, Kaân moved to Manchester and is now a part of House of Ghetto where he performs in several vogue ball events throughout the year. Most recently he performed in Glitter Box for Comic Relief, with Gok Wan. Kaân is represented by Vauhaus Agency and is currently building his portfolio as a professional model. As well as working as a professional dancer, Kaân has also worked professionally as a make-up artist since graduating from Unpretty Make-Up school. 

Lowri Roberts

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Lowri Roberts is a BAFTA CYMRU award winning filmmaker from North Wales.


Lowri is a former member of The Academy and was a part of the theatre show ‘Growing Pains’ which was made with her peers at The Academy. ‘Growing Pains’ was the beginning of Lowri’s writing career!


Lowri studied Filmmaking at UWE Bristol and her graduate film, ‘Girl’, won the BAFTA Cymru for Best Short Film 2019.


Lowri has also made a couple of short films with Channel 4 and BBC Arts.


Lowri worked as an assistant producer at Calling The Shots on a number of BBC short films. She now works as a producer at Rapt, a new production company which is being set up with Maisie Williams. She’s in development of a number of longer form projects at Rapt, including her first feature script.

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