School of Performing Arts Staff

Although LEAP’s principal facilitates the majority of weekly Drama classes, the visiting practitioners and colleagues running the Musical Theatre workshops and one-off sessions are experienced professionals trained in the industry. Their repertoires range from facilitators, teachers, directors, singers, choreographers and actors.

Each member of staff is highly qualified in ensuring that pupils will benefit from their expertise from either a teaching or performance perspective and background. LEAP believes that a range of teaching approaches is highly valued and such diverse experiences in the profession will enhance every pupils passion and excitement in this art form.

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Victoria GutteridgeVictoria was born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire and attended Downley Middle School and The Wye Valley School, Bourne End.

Qualifications & Training

MA Applied Theatre, Education and Community Studies, achieved at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London.  She trained at Middlesex University attaining a BA Honors Degree in Drama, Theatre Studies with Performing Arts.  She also trained at the Henley College where she was awarded a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts. 

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Kay Stringer

Kay Graduated from Italia Conti Academy with a diploma in Performing arts in 2002. She also achieved her Gold in LAMDA and advanced ISTD qualifications in Tap and Modern.

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Nicola was born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire and attended Holtspur Combined School and The Beaconsfield School.

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Louise DurrantLouise trained at Masters Performing Arts College graduating with a Diploma in Performing Arts and The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, graduating with a Foundation Diploma in Dance.

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Jessica EliseJessica starting dancing at the age of 3, her passion for dance took her to London to train at Millennium Performing Arts School. After three years she graduated with a diploma in dance, singing and acting.

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Paige FoxPaige has been involved with performing arts from a young age. She graduated with a second-class honours degree in Performing Arts (Film, TV & Stage) at Bucks New University. In her time studying, her main focus has moved from acting to her new love of directing. One of her main influences towards directing is Antonin Artuad.

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Deborah GaleaDeborah worked as a professional actor for a number of years before becoming a Primary school teacher in 2009. She is also run her own organization, Phonics Adventure aimed at Pre-School children.

Qualifications and Training: Arts Educational School London achieving a BA in Acting. During her time at Arts Ed she played many roles including; Hermia (Midsummer Night’s Dream)  Granma Tzeitel  (Fiddler on the Roof) and Johanna (Baal by Brecht)

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A J GibsonA J has been involved in theatre from a very early age, taking part in Cliveden open air Shakespeare productions, Wycombe Swan Youth Theatre, Youth Projects and Music Centre. Between the ages of 12 and 14 she recorded several key stage 2 historical musicals in the Sing It and Say It series.  At 14 she performed at a charity concert with Principals from the Royal Opera House, including Alfie Boe. She has toured to places including Barcelona and Venice.

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Nicola Johnson

Nicola was born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire and attended Wycombe High School.

She trained at Leicester College of Performing Arts – 3 year Professional Musical Theatre Diploma and studied Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Jazz, Commercial, Hip Hop, Pas de Deux, Cabaret, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Pointe Work, Double Work, Singing and Acting.

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