Our team consists of some of the very best educators, professionals, directors, choreographers, designers, stage managers and theatre technicians from around the world.


A message from your Deputy Director

Welcome. Marhaba.

At SPAA, striving for excellence is at the heart of what we do. Through interdependence and collaboration, we imagine, we create, and we flourish. Our training is unique, and our international approach to style, technique and method ensures that our students are equipped for the ever-changing contemporary industry. SPAA students are dynamic problem solvers ready to embrace any challenge.

We are in the early stages of our journey as a world class training centre for performing and production artists in the region. In that short space of time, we have already witnessed unimaginable talent in extraordinary people with so much more to come.

The dedication of our students is inspiring, and through the commitment of our talented tutors, we are already achieving great results.

Join us on this journey and discover your future at Sharjah Performing Arts Academy.

Programme Leaders

Benedict Ayrton

Programme Leader - Acting

Paul Spicer

Programme Leader - Musical Theatre

Alex Jessop

Progrmme Leader - Dance

Heather Davies BFA MFA

Programme Leader - Postgraduate Studies

Associate Programme Leaders

Matt Ball FRSA

Associate Programme Leader - Fundamentals

Candeta Bishop FHEA

Associate Programme Leader – Production Arts

Lead Tutors

Zenon Kruszelnicki

Lead Tutor - Acting

Kit Lessner

Lead Tutor - Voice

Lisa Rowley

Lead Tutor - Dance

Nick Wheeler

Lead Tutor - Technical Theatre Lighting

Kathleen Bell

Lead Tutor of Research and Singing

Ramanjaneyulu Doosari

Lead Tutor - Acting and Movement

Alan Mandel

Lead Tutor - Recorded and Digital Media

Andrea Forde FHEA

Lead Tutor - Costume

Genette Harrison

Lead Tutor - Fundamentals Year

Drew Scott

Musical Director

Chris Santillán

Music Director


Beth Relf

Dance Tutor

Aiham Hassan

Specialist Acting Tutor

Phoebe Taiano

Voice Tutor

Clara El Hawa

Acting Tutor

Natalie Relf

Dance Tutor

Liza Balkan

Acting Tutor

Technical Support

Andreas Ehrenberger

Production Manager

Sibin Babu

General Technician

Junaid Chaudhary

Deputy Carpenter

Jackson Lopez

Video Technician

Sooraj Nair

General Technician

Febin Thomas

Sound Technician

Katherine Liu

Costume Assistant

Rafaqat Ishaque Khan

Assistant Carpenter

Young Performers & BTEC

Lynne Holloway FRSA

Young Performers and BTEC Manager

Jessica Cotton

Young Performers and BTEC Course Coordinator