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The South Coast's best training in Acting, Singing & Dance for young people
using ONLY qualified, p
rofessional & friendly staff.
Poole |Wimborne | After School Clubs

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As the former Head of Performing Arts at The College, Jo had the privilege of nurturing the careers of 1000’s of young people - be they budding actors or young people needing a direction. 
SCAPA has been developed to encourage and nurture not only the next generation of performer but most importantly, ensure that ALL young people have an opportunity to capture and develop their creative spirit, in an environment that recognises their individuality. SCAPA prides itself in being a ‘fun family’ - everything we do aims to increase confidence, self-awareness, skills and communication in a supportive AFFORDABLE way.

Creative arts are slowly disappearing from the curriculum even though it is vital to society and the economy. It is our experience that Performing Arts can really change the lives of those who partake - in whatever form, and this is why we now dedicate our time to creating experiences for young people - whatever their ability.
Our mission is: 

Jo works with Choreographer, Performer and Educator Carl Christopher, Musical Theatre graduate and teacher Iszy Bardsley, Head of Drama at Wimborne's QE Alex Payne, Actors Adam Payne and Jack Dunford and former Theatre Manager of the Regent Centre and Barrington Theatre (and Jo's husband) Rupert Barrington.


Jo is also very well connected in the Creative and Education Industries and has visiting lecturers support classes regularly. Most recently a former Phantom! Jo also teaches across LAMDA qualifications and is available for private tuition upon request. Together they run The Academy.


Affordable, excellent training run exclusively from theatres and dedicated performance spaces in the BCP/Dorset area!

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Jo is a professional performer, having toured with (among others) The Chuckle Brothers! She has trained with other world class teachers using the Vocal Process Technique for voice and singers.


At The Academy we develop young peoples dancing and movement skills, mainly around Musical Theatre from Carl, Iszy and Jo.

But not Rupert...


All of our teachers have performed on a variety of stages in a variety of forms. All are fully trained in order to develop the skills in young people in form and technique.

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07525 040296



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