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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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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AJ Head shot singing

A 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 to name a few. 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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Katherine MarksKatherine has been dancing since she was 7, trained locally and has been with LEAP for 10 years. 

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