Teachers

PPA Kids has an outstanding faculty, under the direction of Louise Pieri who trained at Laine Theatre Arts and is Principal of the full time college. PPA Kids is managed by Honor O’Neill. The faculty is made up of fully qualified teachers and performers.

 
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Louise Pieri

Principal

Louise Pieri grew up in Yorkshire before moving to Surrey to attend Laine Theatre Arts at the age of 16 to study Musical Theatre. She graduated 3 years later at the age of 19 with a Professional Diploma in Musical Theatre. After graduating, Louise embarked on a career in Musical Theatre, working in America, Canada, the Middle East and around Europe.

Throughout her time working as a professional performer she also worked as a freelance dance and singing tutor which inspired her to open Performance Preparation Academy.

To date Louise has been the Principal and owner of Performance Preparation Academy  for 10 years with the college recently being validated by De Montfort University to provide BA (Hons) degrees in Musical Theatre and Acting. Her imagination and drive built up the college from an idea to becoming one of the leading Drama Schools in the UK, recognised by the industry for innovation within the training of Performing Arts.

Louise’s motto for all students is to ‘work hard and be kind’.

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Honor O'Neill

Manager

Born in Jersey, Honor started dancing at the age of 5 at the Jersey Academy of Dancing, studying the ISTD and RAD syllabuses, and taking part in many competitions & festivals throughout the UK.

At the age of 18, Honor began the Musical Theatre Foundation Course at PPA, and then went on to train on the Professional Diploma in Musical Theatre, graduating with Distinction and the Overall Achievement in Musical Theatre Award. During her training, as well as playing Martha in ‘Spring Awakening’ and Tracy in ‘The Life’, Honor had a huge passion for choreography, and was fortunate enough to choreograph her final third year show, The Pirates of Penzance’, at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in June 2017.

Professional Credits include: Dancer - ‘Strictly Come Dancing: An evening with Pasha and Katya’, Ensemble/ Dance Captain - ‘Jack and The Beanstalk’ (Paul Holman Productions).

Honor is currently undertaking her ISTD DDE in Modern Theatre and Tap, and has her ATCL Theatre Arts teaching qualification.

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Theresa Hawkins

Dance & Melody Bear

Theresa started her dance career at a young age in her mum’s ballet classes.  Training in Lincolnshire at the Wendy Foster School of Dance she took exams in RAD Ballet and ISTD Tap and Modern and performed in many stage performances. 

Theresa moved south at the age of 18 and graduated from university with a BA Hons in Dance and Culture training in Ballet, Contemporary and Kathak. Theresa started her professional life with Green Candle Dance Company where she delivered classes to the young and elderly in hospitals (including GOSH) and care home settings. 

Theresa’s choreography credits include Arabian Knights, Little Shop of Horrors, Parade and Grease to name a few and her stage highlight was performing the role of Darcey Bussell in the Vicar of Dibley. 

For many years Theresa was kept busy with her own dance school in which students took exams and performed in 2 annual shows. Children from THSOD performed in the professional production Angelina Ballerina the Mousical and at Wembley Stadium in front of 71,000 with Louisa Johnson. Theresa was delighted to join the PPA Kids team in 2016 and is looking forward to teaching the Babies, Mini MT and Junior and Intermediate Dance this term.

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Amy Matthews

Dance & Musical Theatre

Amy studied Musical Theatre at Performance Preparation Academy (PPA), Guildford.

Whilst training, Amy played numerous roles including Cinderella in Into the Woods and Campbell in the Drama school premiere of Bring It On – The Musical (Electric Theatre). 

Theatrical credits include Shell in the London revival of the Pet Shop Boys’ Closer to Heaven (Union Theatre), the title role in Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford), and Ensemble/ understudy Wicked Queen in Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs (Harlequin Theatre, Redhill).

Amy has made numerous concert appearances including Lead Vocalist in West End on the Rock (Jersey Opera House) and Guest Vocalist at the 2013 MTV Charity Ball.

Most recently, Amy performed as Lead Vocalist onboard Celebrity Summit in LiveChandelier and Soundtrack and will soon return to perform in the production shows onboard the Celebrity Solstice.

More information on Amy can be found at:  www.amymatthewsmusic.com

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Rosie Napper

Dance & Musical Theatre Teacher

Rosie graduated PPA in 2015 from the Professional Diploma in Musical Theatre. Since graduating Rosie has worked as Ensemble for Disney Cruise Line and lead singer for Grey Boy Entertainment travelling the world onboard their fabulous ships! Rosie loves working with the children at PPA kids.

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Mark Woolgar

Acting Teacher LAMDA

Mark Woolgar is PPA’s Resources Administrator,  based in the Library at Regents. An Oxford graduate, in a long career he has developed the Bristol Old Vic Company’s  Education work, run the theatre in Derby and doubled its attendance figures, toured his own devised show (including 3 times to USA), directed nearly 300 productions, been head of GSA’s One Year Course and a ‘guest’ teacher in a dozen Drama Schools , worked with American students for 18 years and was the first Senior Moderator for the National Qualifications in Professional Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre and Production Skills.   He already teaches LAMDA exams one day a week in Cobham, offering Acting (solo and duologues), Speaking Verse and Prose, Mime, Devising, Speaking in Public and Reading for Performance.

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Emma Gizzi

Dance Teacher

Emma is currently training at PPA on the BA (Hons) Performance in Musical Theatre. Emma has experience working with children and teaching dance at her dance school in Wales. She is very excited to part of the PPA Kids team.

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Hana Paget

Assistant

Hana is currently training at PPA on the BA (Hons) Performance in Musical Theatre after completing a foundation course in Musical Theatre with PPA last year. Hana loves working with the children at PPA Kids.

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Chloe East

Dance & Acrobatics Teacher