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

Programme Leader - Postgraduate Studies

Lead Tutors

Matt Ball FRSA

Associate Program Leader

Candeta Bishop

Lead Tutor - Design Realisation/Scenic Art

Zenon Kruszelnicki

Lead Tutor - Acting

Kit Lessner

Lead Tutor - Voice

John Parkhouse

Lead Tutor - Sound

John Peek

Lead Tutor - Singing

Lisa Rowley

Lead Tutor - Dance

Nick Wheeler

Lead Tutor - Technical Theatre Lighting


Kathleen Bell

Singing Tutor

Ramanjaneyulu Doosari

Lead Tutor - Movement and Physicality

Chee Edwin

Stage Management Tutor

Andrea Forde

Costume Tutor

Alan Mandel

Lead Tutor - Recorded and Digital Media

Beth Relf

Dance Tutor

Mona Said

English Tutor

Technical Support

Sibin Babu

General Technician

Junaid Chaudhary

Deputy Carpenter

Jackson Lopez

Video Technician

Sooraj Nair

General Technician

Febin Thomas

Sound Technician

Young Performers & BTEC

Lynne Holloway FRSA

Young Performers and BTEC Manager

Jessica Cotton

Young Performers and BTEC Course Coordinator