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 – Movement Assistant for Cabaret at the KitKat Club, Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End, 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).


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.


Nikaela Onyett

Nikaela Onyett

Singing Tutor

Training – Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Credits – The Pink Floyd Show UK (Tour) Costa Cruise Lines (Lead Vocalist), Crosisère Carïbbes (Film) Bel Canto (Tour) P&O Cruises (Lead Vocalist) Star Band (Lead Vocalist)


Sian Colangelo

Sian Colangelo

Ballet Tutor

Training – The Royal Ballet School, Sylvia Young Theatre School and London Studio Centre

Credits – On graduation Sian worked as a professional dancer and choreographer in the West-End and throughout the world. Sian is a certified ballet teacher for the RAD, a certificated PBT (Progressive Ballet Technique) instructor and a member of the I.D.T.A. Having worked as head of ballet at the Leigh Theatre School, Sian and a colleague set up the incredibly successfully Associates Dance in 2000. Alumni have enjoyed great success including in West-End shows and number one tours such as Mama Mia, Follies, Gypsy and Cats as well as current members of The Royal Ballet company to name a few.


Jessica-Mei White

Jessica-Mei White

Tap/Ballet Tutor

Training – Reynolds Performing Arts

Credits – Aladdin – Qdos Pantomime, Teacher at Chichester University, Choreographer/Assistant Director for multiple productions at Chichester University, Teacher and Choreographer for Footsies Dance Centre.


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.


Brittany Hope

Brittany Hope

Tap, Ballet and Jazz Tutor

Training – Bird College, Royal Ballet School.

Theatre Credits – Billy Elliot (West End), La Sylphide (Royal Ballet Company), CATS (Royal Caribbean, Oasis of the Seas), Mary Poppins (Stuttgart, Germany), Snow White (New Theatre Cardiff, QDOS Productions).