RPA Faculty


Amanda Tooms-Peel

Amanda Tooms-Peel MA

Principal

Ballet and Jazz Tutor

Training – Middlesex University, Trinity College London, Urdang Academy of Performing Arts and Bird College.

Performing Credits – London Night Out, Cabaret, London Pride, The Ray Alan show, Edgar Ballet, Caesar’s Palace, Russ Abbott’s Summer Spectacular.

TV and Film – EastEnders, Only Fools and Horses, Allo’ Allo’, Grange Hill, Tuckers Luck, Terry and June, Lovejoy, Jasper Carrot, Cannon and Ball, Little and Large, Angela Rippon meets the Hooters, Heaven’s Gate, Documentary about the life of Miss Bluebell.

Choreography credits – ‘Nice Knowing You’ at The Prince Edward Theatre, ‘Night Out’ at The Dorchester Hotel, ‘Annual Rydell High Charity Ball’ at The Dorchester Hotel, ‘Carousel’, Epirotiki and Costa Cruise Lines, 10 pantomimes for New World Productions, Summer Seasons and Production shows.


Kate Cobb

Kate Cobb

Deputy Principal & Programme Manager

Jazz, Tap and Musical Theatre Tutor

Training – Laine Theatre Arts – 3 year diploma in Dance. BA Hons Professional Practice (musical theatre and choreography) at Middlesex University. ISTD associate teaching qualifications in classical ballet, tap and modern dance.

Theatre Credits – Chicago (Cambridge theatre, London), Singin’ in the Rain (UK/European Tour), Wizard of Oz (Theatre Royal, Brighton), Santa Claus (Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, 42nd Street (UK Tour), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour), Peter Pan (Genting Highlands) and Crazy For You (UK Tour).

Choreography credits – Cinderella (Wyllotts Theatre, Potters Bar) and Crazy For You (Birkenhead Operatic Society).


Marissa Dunlop-Bidwell

Marissa Dunlop Bidwell

Head of Singing, Year 1 Tutor & Qualifications QA

Singing and Contextual Studies Tutor

Training – The Royal Ballet School, Sylvia Young Theatre School.

Theatre Credits – Les Miserables (Palace Theatre, London), Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria Theatre, London), Grease (Cambridge Theatre, London), Fame (Cambridge and Aldwych Theatres, London), Shout (The Arts Theatre, London), The Rat Pack (Strand Theatre, London), Aspects of Love (Prince of Wales Theatre, London), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour) and Strictly Come Dancing Tour – The Professionals.

TV and Film – Jane Eyre, Wiper, Duck, Jeeves and Wooster, The Upper Hand. The Rack Pack – Live from Las Vegas and Stage by Stage – The Making of Les Miserables.

Recordings and Commercials – The Complete Symphonic Recording of Les Miserables, Nescafe, Clarks and Sony Playstation.


Ruthie Stephens

Ruthie Stephens

Year 3 Tutor

Jazz and Musical Theatre Tutor

Training – Laine Theatre Arts – 3 year diploma in Dance.

Theatre Credits – Guys and Dolls (Phoenix Theatre, London), Love Me Tender (UK Tour), RENT (UK Tour), Grease (Ljubljana Festival), Starlight Express (UK and World Tour), Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre, London), Fame (Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo), original cast of Flashdance (UK Tour), Footloose (Novello Theatre, London), Jason and the Argonauts (The Players Theatre, London) and Fame (Aldwych Theatre, London).

Choreography credits – Assistant Choreographer for Karen Bruce and Arlene Phillips. Associate Director/Choreographer for Starlight Express (Germany).


Claire Brazier

Claire Brazier

RPA Agent & Year 2 Tutor

Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Contextual Studies Tutor

Training – Laine Theatre Arts – 3 year diploma in Musical Theatre, ISTD associate teaching qualification in tap, modern and ballet. ALAM drama associate.

Theatre Credits – Sister Act (Berlin and Germany Tour), Behind The Horizon (Berlin and Hamburg), I Have Never Been To New York (Zurich, Oberhausen, Berlin and Munich), We Will Rock You (Stuttgart and Berlin). Annie (UK Tour), Moulin Rouge (Paris) Crazy For You (UK Tour).

TV and Film Credits – He Kills Coppers, Catherine Tate Show and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.

Modelling Credits – Mac, L’Oreal and Hair Magazine.


Carly Main

Carly Main

Year 1 Tutor

Musical Theatre, Contextual Studies & Tap Tutor

Training – Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, BA Hons Musical Theatre.

Theatre Credits – We Only Have This (Cambridge Junction), Musical Starnights (European Tour), From Up Here (Tristan Bates Theatre), Women’s Revenge (The Lord Stanley, Camden), Hitler! (Edinburgh Festival), The Portable Emporium (The Roundhouse, Camden), The Cemetery Ball (The Prince of Wales Theatre) and Mother Goose (Greenwich Theatre).

Other Credits – Mirage/Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines and Carnival Cruise Lines.


Leyla Pellegrini

Leyla Pellegrini

Jazz and Musical Theatre Tutor

Training – Laine Theatre Arts – 3 year diploma in Musical Theatre.

Theatre Credits – Our House (Birmingham Rep and UK Tour), Cats (UK Tour), Summer Holiday (UK Tour), West Side Story (Leicester Haymarket), Chicago (UK Tour), Paradise Moscow (Sadlers Wells, London) and Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria Theatre, London).

TV and Film – Genie in the House (Nickelodeon), Julie and the Cadillacs.

Choreography credits – Assistant Choreographer for Grease, (Ljubljana Festival), Le Cabaret de Monte Carlo (Casino de Monte Carlo), Fame (Grimaldi Forum) and Starlight Express (UK Tour). Director of Dracula (Fly on the Wall Productions).


Adam Leese

Adam Leese

Acting Tutor

TV Credits – Nightmares, Guerrilla, Cradle to the Grave, Humans, Broadchurch 2, The Support Group, White Heat, DCI Banks, Eastenders, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margret 2, The Hour, The IT Crowd, The Bill, Dani’s House, Rock Rivals, New Tricks, Rose & Maloney, Holby City, Waking The Dead, Bad Girls and Dinnerladies.

Film Credits – Night in Hatton Gardens, Bridget Jones’s Baby, The White Room, Country of Hotels, Confine, Love Bite, Attack The Block, Intruders, The Blackening, Sisterhood, Journal of a Contact Killer, Until Death, Paper Drawer, Quality Indigo.


Dan De Cruz

Dan De Cruz

Singing Tutor

Training – Guilford School of Acting.
Theatre Credits – Much Ado About Nothing (Stafford Gatehouse), Run For Your Wife (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch), They’re Playing Our Song (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch), Romeo And Juliet (Stafford Festival), Made In Dagenham (Queen’s Theatre), Jackie (UK Tour), Sweet Charity (New Wolsey Theatre), The Man Who Stole The Circus (Isis Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Royal, Wakefield), My Fair Lady (Aberystwyth Arts Centre) and West Side Story (Aberystwyth Arts Centre)

Film Credits – Kotodama and Treasure.


Hulya Levent

Hulya Levent

Ballet Tutor

Training – KS Dance Ltd National Diploma in Professional Dance.

Theatre Credits – Dancer for Peridance Company, Michaela Cisarikova Dance Company, Allenrodance Company Tour, Storylane Dance Company, London Fashion Week, An American in Paris (The Royal Northern College of Music Concert Hall) and The Royal Albert Hall Dance Proms.

Film Credits – White Oak.


Omari Bernard

Omari Bernard

Jazz and Pas De Deux Tutor

Training – Central School of Ballet and Millennium Performing Arts – National Diploma in Musical Theatre.

Theatre Credits – Bodyguard The Musical (Dominion Theatre and UK Tour), Copacabana (UK Tour), Fame (UK Tour), Starlight Express (World Tour) and Two Boys (English National Opera).

TV Credits – Music video for Tinchy Stryder – Take The World and Katie Tunstal – Hold On. Strictly Come Dancing ident and 50 Greatest Musicals ident.

Film Credits – Aladdin, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Ready Plaver One.


James Simmons

James Simmons

Acting Teacher Tutor

Training – National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and London Academy of Dramatic Art.

Theatre Credits – ‘Scar’ in Disney’s The Lion King; Much Ado About Nothing (UK & Far East tours); ‘The Tempest’ (Chichester Festival Theatre & West End); 3 years with The Royal Shakespeare Company

TV Credits – Silent Witness; Trial and Retribution; The professionals; Soldier Soldier

Film credits – Henry V; The Whistleblower; Blue Ice; Les Miserables


Nick Crossley

Nick Crossley

Contemporary Teacher Tutor

Training – Bird College – BA Hons in Dance and Theatre Performance; Royal Academy of Dance – Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies

Theatre Credits – Love Never Dies (Adelphi Theatre); Oliver! (Theatre Royal); Chicago (Cambridge Theatre); Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK and international tour)


Danni Everdell

Danni Everdell

Commercial & Body Conditioning Teacher Tutor

Training – Performers College; The Edge/Debbie Reynolds/Millennium (Los Angeles)

TV Credits – IKEA advert; X Factor; Comic Relief; BBC One Sports Relief; The Paul O’Grady Show; Strictly Come Dancing Christmas

Commercial/ Music Video Credits – Ellie Goulding ‘Something in the way you move’; One Direction VT