Meet the Team

our Tutors and assistants

Team Talk

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. 

Tutors  

Welcome to Kizzy who will be joining us in September!

Kizzy has been the Musical Director for numerous productions, including Legally Blonde , We Will Rock You, and SCHOLL.
Most recently, she has been Musical Director working with Level 3 Musical Theatre students on repertoire, ensemble skills, vocal skills, audition skills, and was also Musical Director for their production of Carrie.

Kizzy has been the Children’s Musical Director for various shows including Matilda Jr, Urinetown, and Peter Pan. She has also worked with the  'British Youth Music Theatre', as both Assistant MD and as a MD/Composer. 

Kizzy is a fully qualified Music Teacher and also a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland MD course.
During her time there, she covered keyboards on the UK Tour of Bonnie and Clyde.



Lauren Berry - Dance Tutor
[Saturday AM school & 'Encore!' class]

Lauren studied Musical Theatre at Stella Mann College of Performing Arts and specialises in Jazz, Street Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Tap & Ballet. Lauren has danced in various productions including ‘One night in Vegas’, ‘A Chorus Line’, ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’, Pantomimes and the tribute act: ‘Maybe GaGa’. She has also danced in music videos as well as appearing on ITV, MTV and Channel 4. Lauren appeared in the first Harry potter film: ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ and also in "The Imitation Game" with Keira Knightley & Benedict Cumberbatch. Lauren also appears as a solo dancer in the 'Billy's World' music video 'The Locomotion'.

Lauren is a Director of the, award-winning, Cirencester Elite Cheer Leaders.

Kieran Donnelly - Drama Tutor / LAMDA 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 has been coaching students on how to pass LAMDA examinations at WOAPA for the past few years and has a one hundred percent pass rate, with the majority of our students at WOAPA achieving Merit or Distinction grades.                                                                                              

Kieran’s recent performing credits include Jaques in William Shakspeare’s “As You like it” and Devin in “The Name’s I Have Known You By” - a production that was rehearsed in Luxembourg and performed at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

Previous credits include Sir Toby Belch in 'Twelfth Night' (Oxford 2019). 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). 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.



Georgia Saunders - Singing Tutor
[ Friday school & Saturday AM / PM ]

Georgia trained with The Kentwood Show Choir, where she achieved Grade 8 standard in her her ABRSM singing examinations. She then trained with Janice Thompson and achieved a DipLCM in Classical Performance and ALCM in Musical Theatre.
As well as Singing, Georgia has qualifications in Piano, Violin, Flute, Dance, Drama and Music Theory. She is currently studying for a Music Degree with The Open University.
In addition to teaching singing on an individual basis, Georgia has worked for a variety of dance and singing schools. She has also enjoyed working with students with additional needs, including for Headway Brain Injury and Barnardo’s.

Chloe Smith- Dance Tutor
[ Saturday PM school ]

Chloe studied at the University of Winchester, gaining a BA(Hons) in Dance Performance specialising in dance for young people. She then studied for a PGCE in Oxford.

Chloe teaches a range of dance styles including  Jazz, Commercial, Ballet, Tap and Contemporary. 

She attended "Move It" in 2019 as a Showcase Performer 

With her sights set on a career in teaching dance, Chloe aims to deliver dance tuition to meet the diverse needs of students, allowing them to progress productively.


Orla Sprules - 'Young Performers' Tutor

Orla was a WOAPA student for five years, including being a member of WOAPA’s Dance Troupe. She 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 her most memorable production was ‘High School Musical’.

Orla is a qualified childcare worker and she brings her knowledge and expertise to our WOAPA sessions each week as our 'Young Performers' tutor.

Paul Whiston
'Encore' Tutor

Paul originates from Liverpool, and he trained at Elliott Clarke College of Dance and Drama. 

His acting credits include musical theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar, Hunting of the Snark and Kiss Me Kate. Paul has also worked as lead singer with 'Body Language', touring Europe and the Middle East. 

Televison includes a commercial for Ford Mondeo, Traffic Wardens ITV, Hotel Babylon and Bleak House BBC (Specialist Sword Fencing Sequences). 

Paul worked as a drama teacher at a variety of colleges, schools and Academies  for many years, working with students from 2 years to 17 years old and also at  University, teaching theatre B-Tech and degree students. 

Paul has also lead workshops in Shakespeare and the Classics. 

He formed his own youth theatre groups based at The Arts Centre in Swindon and ran successful drama clubs in schools in Swindon and Oxford. 

Paul has worked as Youth Theatre Leader, director and producer, and has worked with adult theatre groups. He has also worked with international students in summer residencies based at Oxford University, receiving high accreditations for his good teaching standards.

Most recently, Paul has been working as a full-time drama teacher in a secondary school.
His specialist area is Russian theatre, and his MA in Performing Arts research was on Actor Training and the techniques of Stanislavski and Michael Chekhov.

Paul is also an experienced  LAMDA exam tutor.

Tutor Assistants 

Cayla Edwards 
Class Assistant (Friday, Saturday AM/PM)

Cayla has recently completed a level 2 Performing Arts & Production course in Oxford, specialising in Musical Theatre. She is preparing to attend a level 3 course in Performing Arts & Production, specialising in Production and Acting.

Cayla attended a course in technical theatre, linked to the National Theatre, providing production and sound for 'The Periodics' and 'The Orchestra' at the North Wall Theatre, Oxford.

Cayla is particularly interested in Backstage production and Lighting and aims to work in Theatre & Touring companies in the future

Having previously worked as a volunteer in primary schools and as an outdoor-persuits activity assistant, Cayla is an ideal WOAPA 'Young Performers' assistant.


George Hiley

General Assistant

George was a WOAPA student for 4 years and gained a Bronze Arts Award.
Following that, he has been a WOAPA assistant for 5 years.

George attended 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 awarded him 'The Spirit of Cricket Award' 2019 for being “an outstanding individual who upholds the spirit and traditions of the game”.

George recently visited Buckingham Palace to receive his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award!

When not singing & dancing, George likes watching Ice Hockey, American Football, playing Rugby and going to the theatre.

Megan Murphy
Lead Class Assistant 

Megan was a student at WOAPA for 6 years, including being a member of our 'ShowChoir'. She performed in many WOAPA events, including The Mayor’s Christmas Carol service and the Christmas Lights Switch-on event. 

Furthermore, during her time at WOAPA, she has taken LAMDA acting exams, recently achieving a distinction at grade 7 (Silver award). She has also achieved a distinction in Grade 7 for Musical Theatre.

Outside of WOAPA, Megan in a keen performer, most recently playing Rizzo in Grease.

She is currently studying Drama & Theatre, Psychology and Spanish at sixth form after which, she will be attending drama school.


Ella May Speers
Class Assistant (Saturday AM)

Ella May has been dancing since she was three. She joined WOAPA as a student, in 2020, just in time for lockdown! 

In her time at WOAPA, she has taken LAMDA exams, recently achieving a distinction at grade 8 (Gold Award)

Ella May has just completed exams in  A Level English Literature, Philosophy and Religion, Classical Civilisations and Drama & Theatre Studies and will be attending drama school from September 2024. 

Ella May has been in several local performances, as well as writing and directing with the Sundial Theatre Company

Outside of the performing arts, she loves aerial gymnastics, which she's been doing since 2016

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