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.
Lauren Berry - Dance Tutor
[Saturday AM & PM schools & Dance Troupe]
Lauren is a Director of Cirencester Elite Cheer Leaders and has taken the 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 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.
Laura Hayman - Dance Tutor
[ Friday school ]
Laura studied Dance Artistry at Dance Studio Scotland and took part in the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth games in Glasgow. She then continued her training and gained a BA (hons) in Dance at Bucks New University. During her training, Laura danced with Ballet Boyz and Richard Alston Dance Company.
Laura has danced in pantomimes all over the UK performing with stars such as Craig Revel Horwood and Christopher Biggins. She has appeared on TV shows for Cbeebies and has been a backing dancer for Peter Andre.
Laura enjoys teaching a variety of dance styles including contemporary, Musical theatre, Jazz and hip-hop. She also owns her own dance school, teaching adults in Ballroom and Latin styles.
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.
Georgia Pennock - Singing Tutor
[ Friday school ]
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 dance and singing schools. She has also enjoyed working with students with additional needs, including for Headway Brian Injury and Barnardo’s.
Young Performers & WOAPA Too!
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.
Lead Assistant - 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.
Young Performers & WOAPA Too!
Now an ex-WOAPA student, Jack is joining our WOAPA team from September.
More details to follow