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Debbie Cunningham

Head of Drama

BA (hons)


Debbie is the principal of The Drama Academy. She holds a teaching Diploma from The London College of Music as well as completing LAMDA qualifications and a BA (hons) degree from The University of Manchester. Debbie is an appointed LAMDA examiner and travels nationwide examining students in all subjects of the LAMDA syllabus. She is also an adjudicator for the Hong Kong Festival of Speech and Drama. Her main passion is the development of Speech, Drama & communication in young people.  She teaches students from age 3 to Adult in group and private sessions weekly up to Diploma level.  


Louise Clarke

Head of Singing

BMus (hons) 


Louise trained at the Royal College of Music & continued  at the University of Cambridge. After finishing she went onto perform professionally in many venues across the UK and abroad, including multiple recordings for the BBC. Louise has recently completed a Masters in Theatre at Guildford School of Acting, with Distinction and is currently doing a research PhD there. As well as teaching at TDA Louise has been a vocal coach at Coventry Cathedral and conducted the University of Leicester Choral Society Louise believes in using multiple methods in her teaching, incorporating ideas from Bel Canto, Estill, CVT & Accent method. 


Phoebie Bakewell

Head of Dance

Diploma Theatre Dance

Diploma Ballet & Lyrical

Phoebie trained at Brooksby Melton Performing Arts College after dancing with Shelby for many years. She worked through many exams whilst regularly performing with The Pantomime Company. She has performed in numerous shows, including the lead in Singing in the Rain and Jekyll & Hyde and worked as a backing dancer commercially. Through her training Phoebie has completed qualifications in a variety of styles, including Theatre Dance, Classical Ballet, Lyrical and Contemporary. As well as holding a Level 3 diploma in Musical Theatre and Gold Medal in Acting, Musical Theatre and Speech & Drama. Phoebie has a level 3 teaching assistant qualification and is currently studying for her degree. 


Daisy Mason

OnStage Choreographer

Cover Teacher

BA (hons) Dance

In addition to a degree in dance Daisy also has QTS. She performed in various contemporary and modern dance shows during her time at university and after; often as dance captain or as a principal role. Daisy has worked freelance as a dance teacher in the local community, teaching people of all ages and abilities for a number of years.

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Ellie Harvey

Cover Teacher

BA (hons)

Ellie holds a First-Class honours Degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre from Bird College Conservatoire and was a member of the National Youth Theatre. She holds LAMDA Gold Medals in Acting, Musical Theatre & Verse and Prose.


Lauren Johnson

Cover Teacher


Diploma (Level 3) Musical Theatre


Ben Packer

Cover Teacher

Mountview Musical Theatre

MA Musical Theatre

Guidlford School of Acting

Workshop Tutors


Film & TV Skills

Nathan Morris

(Holyoaks, Outings,

The Bill)

Acting through Song

Lauren Samuels

(Grease, We Will Rock You, The Last Five Years,

Bend it Like Beckham)

Musical Theatre

Tarinn Callender


Come From Away)

Stage Combat

Jean-Marc Perret

(Prince Caspian,

Cinderella the Film)

Rocky Horror Show

Zach Morris

(Rocky Horror Show,

Spring Awakening)

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Wicked Workshop


Alice Fearn

(Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Les Miserables, Wicked,

Come From Away)

Song and Dance

Gemma Scholes

(Matilda, Young Frankenstein, 42nd Street)

Audition Workshop

Jacob Fisher

(Addams Family,

Jospeh & his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat)

Dance Workshop

Jordan Ricketts

(Everybody's Talking about Jamie)

Dance Workshops

Matt Trevorrow

(West Side Story, Annie, Thoroughly Modern Millie)

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