Debbie Cunningham

Head of Drama

Debbie Cunningham

Head of Drama

Louise Clarke

Head of Singing

Ellie Harvey

Head of Dance

Daisy Mason

OnStage Choreographer

BA (hons) Edgehill Univeristy

Lauren Johnson

Cover Class


BTEC MT Brooksby Melton

Phoebie Bakewell

Performance Class

LAMDA Gold Acting

BTEC Acting Brooksby Melton

Ben Packer

Cover Teacher


Guidlford School of Acting

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. 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), MA

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. She is currently completing a Masters at Guildford School of Acting and is starting a research PhD there in October. As well as teaching at TDA she coaches the choristers at Coventry Cathedral. Louise believes in using multiple methods in singing teaching, incorporating ideas from Bel Canto, Estill, CVT & Accent method an din encouraging pupils to be prepared.

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Ellie Harvey

Head of Dance

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. Ellie trained in all aspects of performing arts from a young age. She has performed in many productions in local & West End theatres as well as performing on National Television. Including backing dancing for Tinie Tempah and George Ezra. Ellie is starting her PGCE at Leicester University in September.

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)


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)