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 finalists and bronze, silver and gold medalists at Dance World Cup 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. All England Dance Competition national finalists and winners from 2012-2017. We have also performed at the Mayors Charity Variety Gala for the last 5 years, the opening for The Olympic Torch Ceremony and the 2015 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
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).

KATY MARKEY
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
Adrienne has been a qualified ballet teacher for nearly 30 years, teaching at the Doris Isaacs School of Dancing and more recently Elite Dance. She has taught at St Christophers School and St Marys Hall School where she choreographed many of their shows. She has also been the choreographer for many amateur groups and has performed in numerous local shows.

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.

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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