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Principal

Marylyn Phillips

Marylyn was taught to dance by her mother, Jackie Palmer, and subsequently at The Place, New College for Speech and Drama, and her acrobatic coach was an ex-Hungarian Circus Acrobat! She holds AIDTA, ADB and LRAM qualifications. She worked as a professional choreographer and for the BBC . Marylyn also runs JPA Associates which incorporates Jackie Palmer Agency, JPA Young Performers and JPA Management. as well as being the Director of the Jackie Palmer Academy. In 1971, Marylyn married Chris Phillips, who was working for the BBC, and for 25 years presented and produced shows for BBC Radio. He now deals with the technical side of the school – recording music, voices and filming clients’ audition pieces to send all over the world.

Antoinette Lo

Training: The Arts Educational School
Teacher Qualification: AOTOS
Teaching Since: 2000
Relevant Experience: Professional performer in the West End and performed at the Laurence Olivier Awards. A Resident singing Teacher at the childrens day school, Arts Educational in Chiswick

Carmen Godwin

Training: Gloria Hill School of Dance
Teacher Qualification: IDTA, BSc (Psychology)
Teaching Since: 1994
Relevant Experience: Worked as a professional dancer & choreographer, before focussing on teaching. Has taught in numerous primary schools and now combines teaching with running ‘THRIFT’, a company that specialises in creativity for youngsters, with her husband.

Darren Massey

Training: Jackie Palmer Stage School
Teacher Qualification: IDTA
Teaching Since: 2006
Relevant Experience: Has extensive experience working within dance schools, universities and private schools across Bucks. Founded his own dance school in 2009 which continues to thrive.

Gerard Logan

Training: RADA
Teacher Qualification: LAMDA Dip
Teaching Since: 2003
Relevant Experience: An Olivier Award Nominee, Leading Roles with RSC, National Theatre, Regional Theatre and work on Screen and Radio. Combines his teaching and lecturing with performing his award winning solo show globally.

Jessica Simmons

Training: Performers College
Teacher Qualification: MT Dip
Teaching Since: 2017
Relevant Experience: Having trained first at Jackie Palmer Stage School, then gone onto JP Academy (before her three year training at Performers), she is pleased to be able to combine her professional musical theatre work with teaching for us.

Lily-Fleur Bradbury

Training: Italia Conti, LAMDA & RADA
Teacher Qualification: ISTD
Teaching Since: 2015
Relevant Experience: Works on Stage, Screen & Radio alongside her teaching. Including two series as a Ballroom & Jazz Dancer on Downton Abbey.

Niall Gelder-Stones

Training: Guildford School of Acting
Teacher Qualification: AOTOS
Teaching Since: 2009
Relevant Experience: Worked as a professional performer in the West End and Internationally. Is a resident voice coach at Mountview Academy, as well as running his own Voice School, having coached on Britain’s Got Talent and at various Universities.

Nikki Vann-Morris

Training: Jackie Palmer Stage School
Teacher Qualification: IDTA
Teaching Since: 2005
Relevant Experience: Worked professionally as a child performer on Stage & Screen and combines her teaching here and in other local schools with her own very successful school Step To It Academy.

Paula Watts

Training: Heathrow Gymnastics Club
Teacher Qualification: WAGC
Teaching Since: 2005
Relevant Experience: Worked in several Gym Clubs in the area helping to teach on all four Womens elements, Floor, Beam, Vault and Bars and combines teaching here with other training schools

Sara Lawson

Training: Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, English National Opera
Teacher Qualification: 
First Class BMus (Hons), Post-Graduate Diploma & QTS 
Teaching Since: 
2010
Relevant Experience: 
Worked as a professional performer throughout the country as a Classical Soloist. She has appeared in numerous Opera’s, both canonical works and new writing, and has been the recipient of various acclaimed prizes and awards. Is also Head of singing and a Course Manager for JP Academy

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