From 1995-1997 Shaun Escoffery studied at the School for the Performing Arts & Technical Theatre at Barking & Dagenham College and has gone on to enjoy success as an Olivier Award nominated actor on the West End stage and as singer and songwriter.
Shaun was on track for a very different career initially, enrolling on a construction course at the College but his keen interest in singing and performing saw him to switch to a performing arts course instead.
In 2001 Shaun signed a record deal with Sony and has performed all over the world and has supported major artists such as Beverley Knight, Angie Stone, Mica Paris and Erykah Badu. From 2008 – 2014 Shaun has played the lead role of Mufasa, king of the lions, in the London production of the worldwide smash hit, The Lion King.
John McDermott, who taught Shaun, talks about his generosity of spirit:
“Shaun has always been a strong supporter of Barking & Dagenham College, for example, calling in occasionally to talk to students about the music business and offer advice and encouragement. And when the School of Performing Arts organised a series of concerts to raise money for the Tsunami Benefit Appeal in 2005, Shaun gave up three evenings to appear free of charge and in the process gave a considerable boost to audience numbers.”
Shaun, a talented Gospel singer from a young age, explains how his training helping launch his career: "My training in Performing Arts at Barking & Dagenham College really put me in good stead for the realities of the entertainment industry. The lessons I learnt were invaluable. It's a great place to start for anybody wanting to begin their journey in the Performing Arts."