RPA Faculty


Amanda Tooms

Amanda Tooms MA

Principal

Head of Dance

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.


Marissa Dunlop-Bidwell

Marissa Dunlop

Deputy Principal and Programme Manager for Performing Arts

Head of Singing

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.


Carly Dodds

Carly Dodds

Assistant Programme Manager for Performing Arts

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.


Adam Leese

Adam Leese

Year 1 Tutor

Head of Acting

Training – Arts Educational

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.


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).


Alanna Kajdi

Alanna Kajdi

Level 4 & Commercial tutor/Dance Pathway Mentor

Training – Laban CAT, London Studio Centre, BirdGang Dance Company, Copenhagen Dance Space

Credits – Radio Gaga – CDS (Copenhagen), Sadlers Sampled 2019 – BirdGang (UK), Mawazine 2018 – Aminix Amine (Morocco), Breakin’ Convention 2018 – BirdGang (UK), Bambi Awards 2017 – Helene Fisher (Germany), Sensation DXB – Martin Garrix/ Martin Sloveig (Dubai).


Claire Brazier

Claire Brazier

Careers and Destination Coordinator

Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre 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.


Sophie Cosson

Sophie Cosson

Acting tutor

Training – Guildford School of Acting

Theatre – Four Score Years and Ten (Flintlock Theatre/Theatre Royal Winchester) One Man Two Guvnors (Theatre Royal Haymarket/National Theatre) After the Party (Criterion Theatre) The Changeling (Southwark Playhouse) Much Ado About Nothing (International tour), Two Women, (Theatre Royal Stratford East) The Comedy Of Errors, (Sell A Door), Only Human (Theatre 503).

Television – Doctor Who (BBC), Call the Midwife (BBC), The Intern (CH4), Downton Abbey (ITV), Casualty (BBC).

Radio – The Wire (BBC 3), The Archers (BBC 4).

Film – Thor 2: The Dark World (Marvel).


Nick Crossley

Nick Crossley

Contemporary 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); Starlight Express (Bocham, Germany); FAME (UK Tour); We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre); West Side Story (UK Tour); CATS (New London Theatre); Dick Whittington (Sadlers Wells Theatre).


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, Allegrodance 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.


Kirsty Hoiles

Kirsty Hoiles

Singing tutor

Training – University of Warwick – Theatre and Performance Studies

Theatre – Mamma Mia (Novello Theatre), Betty Blue Eyes (Novello Theatre), Gone With The Wind (New London), Les Miserables (Queens Theatre), The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ the Musical (Curve Leicester), Three Musketeers (Rose Theatre Kingston), Spend Spend Spend (Watermill Theatre and National Tour – TMA Award for Best Supporting Performance in a musical), Arthur and George (Birmingham Rep and Nottingham Playhouse), Peter Pan (West Yorkshire Playhouse), King Cotton (Manchester Lowry), Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Rep), Barnum and Nunsense (Devonshire Park Theatre Eastbourne), Ken Hill’s Phantom of the Opera (Lincoln Theatre Royal), HMS Pinafore, The Ghosts of Ruddigore and The Burglars Opera (all for Opera Della Luna and Covent Garden Festival), Side By Side By Sondheim 25th Anniversary (The Stables Wavendon), Snow White (Buxton Opera House), Aladdin and Robinson Crusoe (Newbury Corn Exchange).

Vocal Work – Original Cast Albums of Betty Blue Eyes and Peter Pan both for Stiles and Drewe. Soundtrack vocalist on dozens of films including Mary Poppins Returns, Into the Woods and Dumbo (Disney). Lead Vocalist for Back To Bacharach on tour, Incognito Artists and The Patriot Girls.

TV – Get Even 2, Darkness Rising, Close To The Enemy, The Scandalous Lady W Remember Me, Call The Midwife, Most Mysterious Murders.

Feature Film – The Corrupted, Les Miserables, Confetti.


Alex Turney

Alex Turney

Singing tutor

Training – ArtsEd BA Hons Musical Theatre

MD Credits – Musical Supervisor for ‘Viking Cruises’, ‘Queenz’, ‘Frankies Guys’, ’The Best of Wham’, MD ‘Him & Me’ Strictly Theatre Co, Evolution Productions, Brighton Premiere Panto, Chase: A New Musical, Drift: A New Musical, 2 Dumb: A New Musical.

Performance Credits – Once The Musical (West End), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Christmas in New York (West End), BBC One’s ‘Pitch Battle’, Vocal Groups ‘Triptonic’ & ’The 4Tune Tellers’.


Kathy Wiggans F.I.S.T.D

Kathy Wiggans F.I.S.T.D

DDE Lead Tutor

Kathy trained at the Deborah Capon Dance School, studying Associate qualifications, along with Advanced exams, in Modern, Tap and National, and on completion of her training there was employed as a teacher in the College. From 1996 to 2013 Kathy shared the responsibility for training full-time students in Modern Theatre and Tap up to Advanced 2 level, as well as DDI and DDE in both genres, also coaching teachers up to Fellowship level. In 2014 Dance College Whitstable was formed with Kathy as Principal where she continues to coach DDE, Licentiate and Fellowship in Modern and Tap. Kathy was also on the Board of Trustees for The Gordon Edwards Charitable Trust from 2014-2019.

In 2019 she was delighted to join Reynolds Performing Arts College as the DDE tutor for Modern.


Jonathan Mawson

Jonathan Mawson

Jazz & Audition Technique Tutor

Training – Laine Theatre Arts

Theatre – Starlight Express, Bochum (Purse), Legally Blonde, The Savoy Theatre, West End (Swing), An Evening of Dirty Dancing, Stage Act Productions, Uk Tour (Rob, Dance Captain), High School Rocks! Kick 7-6 Productions, UK Tour (Ensemble, Dance Captain).

​Other Credits – Dancer for Kylie Minogue, Anastacia, Enrique Inglesias, Will Young and Gareth Gates Royal Variety Show (2002), Olivier Performance (Legally Blonde), The film ‘Confettiʼ (Ball Boy), Carnival Cruises as lead vocalist/ dancer.


Brittany Hope

Brittany Hope

Tap, Ballet and Jazz Tutor

Training – Bird College, Royal Ballet School.

Theatre Credits – CATS (Royal Caribbean, Oasis of the Seas), Mary Poppins (Stuttgart, Germany), Snow White (New Theatre Cardiff, QDOS Productions).