All our tutors at WOAPA are personally selected for their skills and experience in working with, and inspiring children in, the performing arts.
All tutors and staff at WOAPA have full enhanced DBS clearance. There is always someone in attendance who is trained in First-Aid.
Carol Arnopp - Singing Tutor
[ Friday school ]
Carol graduated from Cork School of Music with an MA in 2018.
She has played piano/keyboards for many musicals including The Sound of Music (UK tour 2019-2020), Wicked (UK tour 2018- 2019), RTÉ Concert Orchestra (Ireland 2018-2019), Blade Runner Live (UK tour 2019) The Terminator Live (UK and Japan Tour2019), Casino Royale (Secret Cinema 2019) Violet (Charing Cross 2019) and Shrek (UK tour 2018).
As Musical Director, Carol has played for Six! (deputy MD) (London 2019-2021), And the World Goes ‘Round (London 2018), East, London (2017), The Magic Flute (Children’s MD) (Cork 2017) and The Addams Family, (Cork 2017).
Carol has taught in a variety of children’s theatre schools and was vocal coach for the ‘Von Trapp’ children in The Sound Of Music (UK tour 2018-19).
Lauren Berry - Dance Tutor
[Saturday AM & PM schools & Dance Troupe]
Lauren is a Director of Cirencester Elite Cheer Leaders and has recently taken a group to the European finals in Germany.
Kieran Donnelly - Drama Tutor
[Friday, Saturday AM & PM schools]
Kieran trained at the Oxford School of Drama and then graduated with a BA (Hons) in Acting from the Birmingham School of Acting (now the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire). His particular strength is in developing ways to make even some of the most complicated aspects of acting understandable and achievable for children of all ages. As well as modern theatre, he has been teaching Shakespeare and Stanislavski techniques to students at WOAPA since its launch in 2012.
Kieran appeared as Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night (Oxford 2019). Previous credits include Tunney in No Man's an Island (OFS Oxford 2018), Leontes in The Winter's Tale (Oxford 2017) and Romeo & Juliet (Oxford 2016/17). Other theatre credits include Henry IV in Richard III (London 2016), Petruchio in The Taming Of The Shrew, Caliban in The Tempest (Oxford, July 2016) and The Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol (Oxford 2015).
Kieran's previous performances include Jack in The Importance of Being Ernest and Dromio in Comedy of Errors (2015 Oxford). He also features in G.O.D Tech, a film released in 2014. Kieran’s other credits include Marc Antony in Julius Caesar (2014 Oxford) Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (2013 & 2012 Stratford & Oxford), Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Aslan in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Abraham Van Helsing in Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Kieran is also a writer and director, and has produced his own online film series.
He co-founded the local 'Don't Hate the Players Theatre Company', who's aim is to provide professional performing opportunities to Oxford-based actors and performers.
Livvi Frazer - 'Young Performers' Tutor
[Friday & Saturday schools]
She has been teaching children in theatre schools for several years as well as teaching foreign students on outreach projects.
Liv is licenced in Oxfordshire to work as a chaperone in professional theatres.
She recently, worked alongside the RSC Shakespeare Nation with refugee and transgender communities on an adaption of Romeo and Juliet and also produced a sell-out show at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival (2019).
Liv is the founder of Stormfever Theatre Company, designed for inexperienced adults to get training in the community, giving a voice to people and projects that wouldn’t usually be in the spotlight.
Siân Millett - Singing Tutor
[Saturday AM & PM schools & Showchoir]
Siân began her vocal training at the junior department of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and continued her studies at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level at the Royal Northern College of Music where she won several awards and appeared in numerous performances from recitals through to opera.
Siân is a regular performer in musical theatre, recitals, operas, oratorios and gala performances throughout the UK and Europe. Previous roles include the tile role in Carmen (including London: 2019), Carrie in Carousel (Oxford Playhouse), Pitti-Sing (Mikado) and Edith (Pirates of Penzance).
Siân has a great deal of teaching experience from musical theatre through to classical, opera and even punk as well as having experience of teaching drama and flute.
George HileyWOAPA Too!
George was a WOAPA student for 4 years and has gained a Bronze Arts Award and The Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.
George has recently been on a Lord’s Taverners cricket course and achieved the 'Coach Support Worker Award' (awarded by the England County Cricket Board) enabling him to support another coach and work with cricketers of all ages to improve their skills.
In addition, The Lord’s Taverners has awarded him 'The Spirit of Cricket Award' 2019 as he is “an outstanding individual who upholds the spirit and traditions of the game”.
George likes watching Ice Hockey, American Football, playing Rugby and going to the theatre.
Young Performers & WOAPA Too!
Harrison was one of our original WOAPA students when we held our first sessions in 2012.
He has been a regular member of WOAPA's Dance Troupe and has appeared with WOAPA at many events and festivals.
Harrison recently took a LAMDA (Acting) Grade 6 (Bronze level) exam at WOAPA and achieved a pass with distinction.
He has also recently taken Grade 5 exams in 'Jazz Flute' and 'Rock Drums' and he has achieved a 2nd-Dan, Black-Belt grade in Karate.
Harrison is currently studying for A-Levels.
A regular 'Duke of Edinburgh' volunteer in WOAPA's class for children with additional needs, Harrison joined the teaching team at WOAPA from September 2019 as a Tutor Assistant.
in 2019, Harrison worked with the prestigious 'Deaf Men Dancing' Troupe at the 'Raising The Bar' event in Birmingham .
Young Performers & WOAPA Too!
Abbie has attended acting classes since she was 4 and was a WOAPA student for 18 months, achieving a Grade 5 LAMDA pass with distinction.
She enjoys helping children with the arts and has previously helped to run a primary school drama club along with running her own year 7 drama club at her school.
She is currently taking Drama, Biology and English Literature at A-Level and loves singing in her school’s choirs.
Young Performers & WOAPA Too!
Orla was a WOAPA student for five years. She has been a member of WOAPA’s Dance Troupe and has performed with WOAPA at many external events including the ‘BBC Move-It’ dance project, Christmas Lights Switch-on and Mayor’s Christmas Carol events as well as appearing in a music video for the artist ‘Amani’.
Orla is a keen performer and recently appeared in a production of ‘High School Musical’.
She is currently working in Childcare.
Orla has occasionally been a volunteer assistant in our Young Performers classes and is delighted to now join the team as a Tutor Assistant.