Performance Preparation Academy

At PPA we believe that theatre training should be a challenging, inspiring, life affirming and ultimately life changing experience. We are committed to creating a nurturing and supportive environment in which every single student is valued as an individual.

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Barry and I would like to thank all of the students who entered our Take Me Away competition. We are still finalising our decisions and will announce who the four finalists will be tomorrow.  Please see the attached list of PPA students and confirm that we haven't missed anyone. Please pass on our regards to all of them. They are indeed a very talented group and testament to the professionalism of your establishment. You should be very proud of them all.
Mark Petty (Songwriter)
I must pass on my extreme delight with your students who were involved in Santa Claus. They were all professional and very well behaved. You should be very proud of these guys who technically learnt an entire musical in 9 days and danced my choreography beautifully to the standard and accuracy of any ensemble I know. I have spoken with Paul Holman the producer and we will be definitely using further students next year from your college for other Christmas shows. Please pass on my love and thanks to Luke, Charlie, Ross, Chris, Annie, Charlie, carys and Kate. They were amazing and I am so proud of them all. I would love the opportunity to maybe come down and do a few classes with your students as I just adore there work ethic and manners, this clearly shows a great deal of respect for both of you too.
Will Peaco (Choreographer)
In June [2013] I had the privilege to be involved with the PPA presentation of “Coram Boy”. As originating Musical Director of the National Theatre production I was aware of the musical complexities of the piece and the vocal challenges the score poses for a young cast, ensemble and choir. In the rehearsal room I was greeted by an engaged and engaging group of 2nd year students. The ambience was one of vibrant creativity, with a thorough and hardworking professional approach to the rehearsal process. The music had been prepared in detail by Nick Charters, and the production was directed meticulously and with insight by Paul Chesterton, backed up by a strong design, lighting and sound team. The staging, as a site-specific project – an inspired choice, was in the setting of Trinity Church, Guildford. PPA have got the education just right for the profession, under the dedicated leadership of co-principals Louise Pieri and Rachel Crouch. When industry professionals are beginning to question the wisdom of university-linked performance courses, this is an independent education with a philosophy of skills based training at its core, and working to a conservatoire model.
Derek Barnes (Musical Director)
I was amazed by the professionalism and high production values displayed throughout Bring It On – what a talented group of students PPA continually produce. The students that we employed during our recent tour of The Wizard Of Oz were an absolute joy – professional, hard working, committed and very talented. It was obvious that they have been taught by industry experts who not only give them the necessary performance skills but also teach them about the other aspects of making a career in this profession. I would definitely recommend other producers to audition PPA students.
Darren Maddision (Artistic Director) - Polka Dot Pantomimes
Following our recent contact with PPA , we have had great pleasure in working their students, of which, I commend them for the hard work, training and preparation of their students in readiness for a theatrical working life. With our first hand experience of working with some of their well disciplined and talented students, we can only thank those involved and we look forward to working with them again in the future.
John Thompson (Artistic Director) - TSE Productions
Great to see PPA building a solid reputation. The students I employed over the Christmas season were excellent, great enthusiasm and discipline, a great source of new young talent
Jonathan Kiley (Director) - Qdos Entertainment Group
PPA produce talented professionals ready to work in the theatre industry. I have employed students from PPA and have been impressed by their abilities and level of commitment. I wouldn't hesitate to employ anyone who has trained at PPA.
Victoria Ward - Upstage Productions
PPA has rapidly become for me one of the most exciting and dynamic schools for performance training in the UK.  The work ethic of the student I have worked with has been excellent and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the school to any young artist wishing to start a career as a performer.
Lee Waddingham (Associate Producer) Paul Holman Associates
You should know that your students did us proud, worked extremely hard and behaved impeccably!  I was terribly impressed.
James Barber (Artistic Director) - Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Just wanted to drop you a line after Into the Woods last week. We thoroughly enjoyed the show - some really great performances in that year.
Debbie Rimmer Management
I have had the pleasure of working with Amy Matthews on ‘Closer to Heaven’ and Molly McGuire on ‘Carrie – The Musical’.  Whilst both ladies are completely different in terms of type, both bring with them a maturity and work ethic beyond their years.  Technically and instinctively both performers are second to none and I am excited for both of them as the move forward into what will undoubtedly be fruitful careers.  PPA is certainly a school to look at for if these two ladies reflect the quality of their alumni. 
Paul Taylor-Mills (Producer)
I found PPA students to have a great attitude, punctual and hard working. I would recommend them to any Director or Casting Director as they would be a great asset to any production. A joy to work with.
Claudio Macor - (Writer/Director "IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT" at Landor Theatre)




PPA have four excellent patrons in Bonnie Langford, Kerry Ellis, Hadley Fraser and Stephen Hartley. All have an active involvement within the college, alongside our mentoring programme with leading industry professionals.

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