What makes Darlington Academy of Performing Arts different to other groups is our emphasis on Musical theatre.

Where some dance schools have a focus on a little acting, drama groups may include a little singing, and vocal groups may include a little dance...

we focus on all three disciplines. This allows your child to express themselves fully and learn skills that they may not have had chance to before.



The musical productions we write specifically for our students is designed to allow each child to have their moment to shine.

Writing our own shows creates opportunities for large group numbers and smaller dialogue scenes giving our students chance to play to their strengths and improve in all areas, even if your child has no previous experience.


*There are no added charges through the year for extra and extended rehearsals in the lead up to performances.*


Why Us?


Paul was born in Middlesbrough where his love for theatre began at a very early age.  He attended local classes in dance, drama and music and then went on to formalise his education at Teesside Tertiery College and Dance City as well as continuing with private tuition.

With over 25 years of theatre and performance experience Paul has performed in numerous shows throughout his career including principal parts in DarlingtonOS and MAOS and has worked professionally throughout Europe as an actor and dancer.  Paul toured with the Northern Youth Dance Company working with several professional choreographers including Liv Lorent of balletLORENT.

Paul took his passion for the arts further by recently studying and achieveing a First Class BA (Hons) in Performing Arts at Teesside Uni.

Paul has worked with Middlesbrough Youth Theatre for several years so has vast experience in getting the best out of young performers. Paul has directed and produced several shows for children and young adults


Annabelle began her Performing Arts and dance training at a young age. At 9 years old, she was cast as ‘Debbie Wilkinson’ in the West End run of Billy Elliot the Musical. In 2018, Annabelle gained a contract in Disneyland Paris as a character and parade peformer, including the role of Snow White. She then went on to work as a CBeebies show presenter at the Alton Towers resort.

Annabelle has taught Dance and Drama to children aged 2-16 in the North East. She has previous managerial experience within a national Performing Arts School.

Annabelle is fully DBS checked, first aid trained and a professionally licensed child chaperone.

Joanne has formal dance training in ballet, tap and jazz, and studied performing arts for several years, attaining certificates in GNVQ Advanced Performing Arts and A Level Performing Arts.

Joanne has over 25 years of theatrical experience, including playing many Leading and supporting roles in DarlingtonOS over a period of over 15 years. She also has vast experience behind the scenes in costuming, stage make up and props. She also ran a costume business making and hiring theatrical costumes to multiple companies across the UK.

Joanne has a 2:1 BSc Hons degree in Psychology, specialising in child psychology, child development and social development.

Joanne has written an original script for a musical show and this was recently performed by Middlesbrough Youth Theatre Kidstage group, aged between 7 and 11.

*Staff are fully qualified DBS (Enhanced) checked*

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