You might ask yourself why we have set up The Performing Arts Theatre Academy, but we believe that there is a hidden star within every child which is willing to succeed. This doesn’t have to be within Performing Arts, but also within life. The life skills you can learn to help you could improve your self esteem, confidence, creativity, musicality, rhythm, team work, listening, working alone but most of all the ability to have fun and learn all at the same time. We want to offer children the chance to perform.

No child will be asked to take part in anything outside of their comfort zone. We offer acting, musical theatre, singing and dance lessons.


If you want to take part in one discipline that’s fine, in the same way that doing a combination is as well. Your child can take the classes that interest your them after all every child is unique!


The Academy offers Trinity, ABRSM, RAD and BTDA examinations for the children wanting to take them.


We will also showcase their talents and achievements in a variety of performances, for parents, grandparents friends and family to come and see what has been going on within the Academy. 


Head of Perform

Rebecca Hollands

I have a real love of all things theatre and drive my children crazy singing all the songs from every musical around the house!  Setting up this Academy has been a dream for a very long time and to be able to pass on all my experience and passion for Musical Theatre is a privilege.


My love of performing started when I started dancing at the age of 4 with a mixture of ballroom and disco. Aged 11 I began training at Poole Academy of Dance where I learnt Ballet, Tap and Modern dance until I was 16. It is also where I learnt stage craft, acting and singing. With Poole Academy, I performed at the Lighthouse Theatre in Poole on several occasions. At School my most memorable part was as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, but I have also done Oh What a Lovely War and South Pacific. I was a semi-professional singer with a local girl band Encopia, in which we were lucky enough to support acts like Bucks Fizz, Ultra Nate and Dance DJ, Sasha and gigged all over the South of England.


I have been lucky enough to train at the Artists Theatre School under Principal Amanda Redman, and acted in the play Nell Gwynn which was in the Questors Theatre, West London directed by Amanda.

I have also completed my Speech and Drama Diploma under the tuition of James Bowden at the Dorset School of Acting.


Head of Dance

Zoe Mitchener 

I have performed for as long as I can remember and started at age 4 in a little disco class while my brother attended football at the sports centre and have not stopped dancing since. 


I have studied a wide variety of disciplines throughout my career, from Modern Jazz, Tap, Ballroom, Musical Theatre and Ballet at different local schools including Poole Academy of Dance. I have trained with The Bournemouth Ballet Club, Laines Theatre Arts and Arts Educational Schools extra curricular courses and performed in many stage productions both amateur and professional and I have been lucky enough to work with many professionals in the industry.


After completing my Musical Theatre degree at university, I successfully graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance with my Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies qualification and with the British Theatre Dance Association in Tap and Modern shortly after. More recently I have completed my teacher training with Acrobatic Arts bringing the incredibly popular Acro to our ever growing curriculum and trained as a Pilates teacher and a DDMix instructor. 


Teaching is my biggest passion and I aim to instil this passion and love of performance into our students throughout their time with us. Watching the children develop and grow as performers and individuals in their ability and their confidence is the most rewarding thing and I feel incredibly grateful to be a part of their journey. 

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The team are all DBS checked, have First Aid Qualifications and safe guarding qualifications. Rebecca is Health, Safety and Fire Trained.  Copies of risk assessments are available on request.