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  

Lauren Berry - Dance Tutor
[Saturday AM & PM schools & Dance Troupe]

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 Cirencester Elite Cheer Leaders and has recently taken a group to the European finals in Germany.

Lauren has a wealth of experience teaching Street dance, Jazz, and Musical Theatre styles and is a valued member of the WOAPA tutor team

Becky Costello - 'Young Performers' Tutor 
[Fridays]

Becky is a Performing Arts graduate (BA Hons) and she privately studied classical singing for many years.

She has worked in Theatre Schools across England, teaching Drama and Singing to 7-16 year olds as well as Performing Arts in general to children under 7yrs.

Becky has also owned her own Theatre School, in Norfolk, for children aged 5-10 years. Additionally, she conducted Children and Adult Choirs as well as teaching Baby & Toddler music groups.

Often works in schools conducting children’s choirs, Becky believes that the arts are for all and her aim, when working with any age group, is to develop a love of all things theatrical whilst helping build confidence

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 recently 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.

Kieran delivers fun drama sessions as well as developing the essential elements of drama with our students, which makes him an ideal WOAPA drama tutor.

Millie Harris - Singing Tutor 
[Friday school]

Millie graduated with a BMus from the University of Birmingham. Alongside classical and choral vocal training, while there, she also performed with jazz groups and attended Woodwind lessons at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Millie, now specialises in Musical Theatre and has been an active member in amateur musical theatre productions appearing as Scaramouche in We Will Rock You, Sandy in Grease, Oolie/Donna in City of Angels and Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar. Millie has also been Musical Director for a variety of productions and showcases. After being a Singing Teacher at a Children’s Theatre School in Edgbaston, Millie is now a Peripatetic Singing Teacher, Choir Conductor and Performing Arts Tutor for the Oxfordshire County Music Service. Millie also arranges music and facilitates a variety of ensembles in schools, including choirs, orchestras, jazz groups and concert bands.

Millie Miles - Dance, 'Young Performers' and WOAPA Too! Tutor
[Friday school (Dance) & Saturday ‘YP’ & ‘WT' Tutor]

Millie graduated with an honours degree in Dance from the University of West London. She specialises in Jazz, Commercial, Tap, Modern, Contemporary and Bollywood dance. Millie has danced in various countries including Morrocco, Switzerland and Spain.

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, 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.

We are thrilled that Siân is our WOAPA Singing and Showchoir tutor, where she is able to combine her great passions for teaching, music and performance!

Tutor Assistants 

George Hiley

WOAPA 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.

Harrison Phipps
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 started studying for A-Levels in September 2019. 
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 September 2019, Harrison worked with the prestigious 'Deaf Men Dancing' Troupe at the 'Raising The Bar' event in Birmingham .

Abbie Rose
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. 

Orla Sprules
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.

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