Christian Santos - BA(hons) PG Dip GMD
Christian completed his BA(Hons) in Contemporary Arts at Nottingham Trent University, where he specialised in Music and Performance. He later trained at the prestigious Mountview Academy of Theatre arts in London where he obtained a PG Dip in Acting and Musical Theatre in 1999. Christian’s performance experience includes Channel 4, BBC, DWPA Productions featuring in an original Musical “Anything to Stay Young”, Madam Butterfly at Holland Park, Sun Cruises as well as working for Disney Entertainment between 2000 and 2007. He is also featured in the original cast recording of “Anything to Stay Young” as well as multiple recordings for London-based Orchestral Group Tonic Fold.
Christian’s taught Singing at Ridgeway Studios in Hertfordshire while also working as a performer between 2000 and 2002. Upon his return to Gibraltar in 2007, Christian founded Santos Productions fast becoming one of Gibraltar’s leading production companies. With Santos Productions he has been involved in large scale productions including Miss Gibraltar pageants, The Diamond Jubilee Celebration Show, Referendum 50 as well as musicals including "Cinderella" “Blood Brothers” and original dramatic works like “Strong”. Santos Productions was at the forefront of the local entertainment scene promoting music and drama via its subsidiary Santos Productions Academy founded in 2008. Since its humble beginnings, Santos Productions Academy can boast of an award-winning choir who in 2013 became Double European Champions in Pop and Gospel Categories at the European Choir Games in Austria as well as winning Gold Medals in many different choral competitions around the world. Santos Productions Academy is also very successful at the Gibraltar Drama Festival and Gibraltar Festival winning many awards in Drama and Singing. He was also personally awarded the Gibraltar Medallion of Distinction for services to popular culture.
Santos Productions Academy became the Gibraltar Academy of Music and Performing arts where the students will now continue their education in Music and Drama.
Christian has worked closely with HMGOG and The Parasol Foundation in order to offer Scholarships to make music education more affordable. He also brough to Gibraltar the acting exams and rock and pop music exams with Trinity College offering them locally to students and recently becoming a centre for the region.
With a fantastic team behind him, Christian hopes to continue developing the academy and make it a community of young artists.