About WOAPA

Meet the directors

Brian Conroy BA(Hons) Humanities with Music,                             Diploma in Music, Certificate of Social Sciences.

Principal Director

Brian has been performing on stage, film and TV for nearly 40 years*, including being a professional singer (recording & touring in UK and Europe), and a Butlin’s Redcoat/performer.
 
In addition, he managed community development projects for over 20 years, working with a variety of Government departments, statutory agencies, voluntary organisations and community groups focussing on The Arts, Social Inclusion, Health & Well-being and Rural issues.

Brian was a founder-director of 'The Wild Theatre Co', an integrated drama company providing performing opportunities for people with learning disabilities. The group’s successes included performances at The Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall London, as well as appearances on Central TV and as featured artists on BBC1’s Songs of Praise. Since 2014, Brian has sung Handel's 'Messiah' with TRBC, each November, at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Brian is a qualified Arts Award adviser (moderated by Trinity College, London & Arts Council England) and in 2014, was one of only six people, nationally, to receive an "Inspirational Adviser Award". In 2015, Brian was awarded a 'Special Certificate of Recognition' by Witney's Town Mayor for achievements in the local community.

*Theatre credits include Scrooge the Musical, The History Boys, Jack! - The Musical, Oliver!, Godspell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Little Shop of Horrors and various pantomimes. TV/film include Gardening and Other Crimes (Ferny Films), Inspector Morse (Central TV), Gulliver (Jim Henson Channel4 films), Between the Lines (BBC), A Question of Guilt (Elmgate/BBC) and If You See God, Tell Him (BBC). Most recently, Brian has utilised his improvisational acting skills on a programme designed specifically to re-create real-life situations, training humanitarian aid-workers whose work will take them to challenging, remote or hostile regions worldwide.


Louise Conroy B.Ed(Hons) English & Drama

Director

Louise has taught in primary schools in Oxfordshire for over 20 years and is a 'Young Carer's Champion'. She has been Musical Director for many school productions including A Christmas Carol, The Wizard of Oz, Hosanna Rock and Joseph and the Amazing Techni-color Dreamcoat.

Louise also conducts school choirs which have performed in the Festival of Voices both regionally (Dorchester Abbey) and nationally (Wembley Arena, London).

Louise trained with the Association of British Choral Directors, tutored by conductors Amy Bebbington and Sarah Tenant-Flowers.

Louise is the conductor of WOAPA's Adult Singing Group.

Since 2014, Louise has sung Handel's 'Messiah' with TRBC, each November, at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

In 2015, Louise was awarded a 'Special Certificate of Recognition' by Witney's Town Mayor for achievements in the local community.

Children's Saturday Theatre School

Singing | Drama | Dance

Ages 4 - 16yrs

Witney - Oxfordshire

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Witney Youth Choir, Witney Children's Choir

Ages 7 - 16yrs

Witney - Oxfordshire

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Adult Singing Group, Witney Choir

Age 16+

Witney - Oxfordshire

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Classes for children with learning disabilities

Ages 7 - 18yrs

Witney - Oxfordshire

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WOAPA is an Arts Award Center, LAMDA, PPL, FSB and Family Arts Standards