A2 Arts Performing Arts Academy
     
 

Faculty

MARNIE WALLIS - LISTD AIDTA  - Principal.
As a child, Marnie attended full time Stage School, and at 16, went on to study a three-year Musical Theatre course at Laine Theatre Arts having been awarded a full Performing Arts grant. She left college with a diploma in both Dance and Musical Theatre, as well as completing her teaching associates with distinction. Marnie began performing professionally from the age of 8 years old, having performed in numerous professional stage and TV productions, adverts, music videos and as a model. She has been lucky enough to work with some incredible professionals including David Jason, Wayne Sleep, Kylie Minogue and Pete Postlethwaite OBE.
She became the principal of A2 Arts Performing Arts Academy in 2009 having taught for over 15 years at numerous private and theatre schools. A2 is now a large school and close family, with well over 200 pupils and 13 faculty members. During her time, as principal A2 Arts have received Brighton & Hove County Council’s 'Team of the Year' award, been bronze, silver and gold medalists at Dance World Cup and All England Dance Competition national finalists and winners. We have also performed at the Mayors Charity Variety Gala for the last 5 years, the opening for The Olympic Torch Ceremony and the Rugby World Cup, as well as being selected to dance at The Royal Albert Hall during five consecutive years of Dance Proms.

ADELE MASON - LISTD CDE
Miss Adele holds an ISTD Licentiate in Imperial Ballet, Modern Stage and Tap. Adele trained at the South East Theatre School (renamed Masters College) in Essex, where she took all her teaching qualifications under the direction of Wendy Headford FISTD and Patricia Prime FISTD (vice chairman of the ISTD).

TAMMY CHIDGEY - DDE ISTD Imperial Ballet
Miss Tammy began dancing aged 2, and joined The Royal Ballet School aged 8 as a Junior Associate. At 11, now a Mid Associate of The Royal Ballet, she was awarded Barnado's Champion Child for Dance, and was lucky enough to have this presented by Princess Diana. After completing the Senior Associate programme at The Royal Ballet, Tammy went on to join The Royal Ballet Upper School, going on to win The Arnold Haskell Award in her first year. Tammy danced extensively with both The Royal Ballet Company, and The Birmingham Royal Ballet, performing in The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, Cinderella, La Bayadere, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She later joined the European Ballet as a soloist.

HARRY MACAFEE - Musical Theatre
Harry trained at The Brighton Academy of Performing Arts. His theatre credits include: Bye Bye Birdie (Ye Old Rose and Crown, London) King Louis, Jungle Book, (International Tour), Friar Laurence, Romeo and Juliet (UK and International Tour), Sargent Davidson, Once Upon A Time On Something Street, (Madeira, Brighton) Cut Throat Jake, Treasure Island (Brighton Open Air Theatre) Mr Perks, The Railway Children (UK tour), Mr Toad, Wind in the Willows (open air tour), The Wizard of Oz (International tour) and Marjorie Hardup (Potters Bar: 2017,Fareham:2018) Film credits include: Max, "MUGGED" (Short Film, Hot Seat productions). Chakra Pop video (Crooked House films). Harry is currently directing the Brighton Open air theatre production of The Jungle Book & appearing at the Brighton Fringe. Harry also teaches at West End theatre academy.

KATY MARKEY - Musical Theatre
Katy is used to working with mixed age classes from 8 to 18 years as she runs City Youth Theatre Company (CYTC) producing their large-scale musicals every year. Katy has been teaching dance, drama and singing in and around Brighton for 10 years and has even ventured further afield to teach musical theatre in Italy, Australia and Canada. Having taught at various dance and drama schools, Katy now owns the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy South Downs. Katy is very excited to work with the talented students at A2 Arts

AMANDA SCHOFIELD - DDI
Amanda trained since the age of 6 at the Adele Academy of Dance and Drama before it became A2 Arts Performing Arts Academy. Amanda is currently developing her teaching qualifications with the I.S.T.D having gained her DDI in Ballet, Modern and Tap. She has choreographed many festival and show pieces for A2 Arts along with a number of schools in the area. Amanda has also choreographed for City Youth Theatre Company's (CYTC) most recent musical productions of CATS, Oliver! and Seussical.

ADRIENNE WENSTONE - MBBO ODTS TC
Miss Adrienne began dancing at the age of 4 at the Doris Isaacs School of Dancing under the direction of BBO examiner Rosemary Carden, where she was awarded a British Ballet Organisation Scholarship when she was 10. She gained her teaching qualifications there and has been a qualified ballet teacher for over 30 years. Past pupils have gone on to train at the Royal Ballet School, Arts Ed and London Studio Centre and are now performing in the West End, in the South African Ballet Company and dancing in shows internationally. She has choreographed many winning festival dances, some going on to All England semi finals and Finals. She has also taught at St Christophers School and St Marys Hall School where she choreographed many of their shows. Miss Adrienne has choreographed for many local amateur groups and also performed in numerous shows including principal roles in Oliver, Anything Goes and the Pyjama Game. Adrienne is on the cast recording for the musical Ring of Roses, in which she performed a Showcase in the West End and at the Savoy Theatre London.

NATALIE McTIFFEN
Natalie trained at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts for three years gaining a Diploma in Performing Arts, before kicking off her career dancing for Rachel Stevens on many popluar TV shows, including TOTP, CDUK, Ant and Dec, Disney Channel and many more. She went on a world tour with Spirit of the Dance, Spirit of Broadway and Spirit of Christmas. Natalie also starred in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Bollywood film London plus many more. Natalie is a professional choreographer and teacher and choreographs for various companies and schools around the country.

CHARIS HOLDSWORTH - BA (Hons) LISTD
Charis completed her professional dance training at Bird College and gained a first-class honours degree in Dance and Theatre Performance. After leaving college Charis worked as a professional dancer and dance captain for ten years, which allowed her to work with a variety of choreographers and to travel extensively throughout the world. Charis holds the ISTD Level 4 Certificates of Dance Education in Ballet, Tap and Modern Dance and is also a qualified Body Control Pilates Instructor.

ABI WHIFFIN
Abi trained since the age of 3 at the Adele Academy of Dance and Drama before it became A2 Arts Performing Arts Academy in 2009. Whilst at A2 Abi was lucky enough to be a gold medal group winner at the All England dance Finals and Dance World Cup. She was also part of a group selected by Arlene Phillips to perform at her touring show ‘Arlene, The Glitz, The Glamour, The Gossip.’ Abi has also represented A2 Arts at the prestigious Dance Proms at the Royal Albert Hall on numerous occasions. Abi has obtained with the ISTD her DDE in Tap and Greek and is continuing to gain further teaching qualifications. She has choreographed a number of winning festival dances for A2, as well as show numbers.

DANIELLE PERCIVAL
Danielle has trained young dancers all around Sussex for the last ten years. She has taught all ages and genres alongside choreographing award-winning pieces, coordinating various shows and putting on local charity dance events. With classical training being an important focus for Danielle, her passion lies with performance in dance for which she strives to pull from her students. Danielle graduated from The Centre of Performing Arts; where she trained for 3 years in Dance and Musical Theatre also gaining her ISTD teaching qualifications in Ballet, Tap and Modern and is an Advanced dancer herself. Prior to her time at college, Danielle was trained at A2 Arts where she first discovered her passion for teaching. Above all, Danielle believes that dance should be taught in a safe and encouraging environment, providing a positive experience for her students.

SARAH LONDON
Sarah trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Immediately after graduating, she embarked on a six month tour of the Alan Ayckbourn comedy “Sisterly Feelings”, starring Peter Sallis and directed by Peter Barkworth.
Sarah has performed in numerous theatre productions and appeared on television many times, including The Bill, Casualty, Bramwell and many comedy series, she was last seen in “Miss Marple” directed by Dan Zeff.
Sarah works professionally as a voice-over artist and is also a renowned voice coach and LAMDA teacher. Working as a teacher for the last twelve years at her own school, Sarah’s results are outstanding with 87% of her students gaining Distinctions.




 
 
 

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