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
[Friday, Saturday AM & PM schools & Dance Troupe]
Lauren also coaches teams of cheerleaders which often win awards in Gloucestershire's Cheerleading competitions.
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. 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 Tunney in No Man's an Island (OFS Oxford 2018). Previous credits include 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.
Kieran teaches Shakespeare as TIE and has taught drama as a workshop leader, not only in this country, but also in Moscow, Russia, where he used his skills as a drama tutor to teach English as a foreign language. 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.
Millie Harris - Singing Tutor
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.
Siân Millett - Singing Tutor
[Friday, 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.
Young Performers Tutor (Fridays, Saturdays AM & PM)
WOAPA Too! Tutor (Saturdays PM)
William trained at The Bridge Theatre Training Company and the International School of the Comic Actor, and has since appeared in performances ranging from Shakespeare to Musical Theatre & Children’s Theatre.
In addition to acting, William has directed and taught children of all ages on a range of projects including comedy, puppetry and mask-work.
William appeared in the Camden Fringe festival with his own production: 'Kunst' (August 2016) and has also written plays for Children’s Theatre - the most recent production being "Vile Violet and the Child Pirates".
He writes and appears in his own one-man shows … and he plays the Ukulele too!
William has worked extensively with young children and people with Special Educational Needs & Learning Disabilities, which is why we are delighted he is part of the team as our 'Young Performers' and “WOAPA Too!” Tutor.
Young Performers & WOAPA Too!
Edd has attended Performing Arts classes for 11 years, the past 7 years at WOAPA, and has achieved Bronze level in 'Arts Award' and Grade 8 LAMDA (distiction).
Edd made his West-End theatre debut in August 2018 with the prestigious National Youth Musical Theatre in the Andrew Lloyd Webber / Ben Elton Musical "The Beautiful Game".
He has also appeared professionally in the national tours of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang', in the Children's Choir for 'Joseph And The Amazing Techni-color Dreamcoat' and created the role of Mary Kelly’s son, 'Jackie', in the professional showcase production of ‘Jack - The Musical’.
Edd has also appeared as Riff in 'West Side Story', Fat Sam in 'Bugsy Malone', Nanki-Poo in 'Hot Mikado' (Oxford Playhouse), Michael in 'Billy Elliot', Gaston in 'Beauty & The Beast', Fagin in 'Oliver!' and appeared in a music video by the musician 'Amani'.
Edd is currently studying Drama, English and French at A - Level and is heading off to The Royal Birmingham Conservatiore in September 2019 to study Acting.
In the mean-time, Edd will be appearing with the National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) in a brand new musical: 'Legend Trippers' at The Other Palace Theatre in London during August.
George HileyWOAPA Too!
George was a WOAPA student for 4 years.
In that time, George gained a Bronze Arts Award as well as Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.
George likes watching Ice Hockey, American Football, playing Rugby and going to the theatre.
We are delighted that George has joined the teaching staff as a volunteer Tutor Assistant.
Harry is a current WOAPA student who worked with our WOAPA Too! class as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award - and loved it so much - he continued after completing his D0fE.
He is 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.
He is currently studying English, Maths, Triple-Science, Drama, Music, PE and Design & Technology at GCSE level.
Harry has recently passed his 2nd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate.
We are thrilled that Harry has decided to continue to work alongside our WOAPA Too teaching staff as a volunteer Tutor 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 studying Early Years Development & Childcare at college.
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!
Ella is an ex WOAPA student and while she was with us, she appeared in a music video as well as many external WOAPA events.
Having studied Psychology, Photography and Product Design at A-Level, Ella is currently on a gap-year and will be attending University in the Autumn of 2019 to study Marine Photography.
Ella has been a keen horse-rider for over 10 years and achieved several badges while being a member of The Pony Club.
Ella continues to attend adult dance sessions locally and is delighted to be back at WOAPA as a Tutor Assistant.
Becky Costello - Cover Tutor
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.
She often works in schools conducting children’s choirs.
Anita Ransley - Cover tutor
Anita is an experienced music teacher (theory, piano & flute) and has considerable experience in leading children’s choirs and orchestras.
Anita has also been Project Manager for ‘PopUk’, teaching workshops in schools throughout the country.