Meet the Team

Mariana Nina - Principal & Singing Teacher

Mariana is a classically trained soprano and musician with a love for musical theatre and an extensive performing experience. She earned her MMus in Castelo Branco, Portugal and she holds a BMus from the Lisbon Nova University. Currently, Mariana teaches at a music service in London, supporting schools with their vocal provision. She is also a member of the London Philharmonic Choir.

Grant Leat – Acting Teacher

Grant has been teaching drama at DSP for 10+ years and studied MA contemporary acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Alongside his work in education, which sees him also teach at a local primary, he continues to pursue a career in the arts, with stage credits that include Market Boy (The Union Theatre), Dr Faustess: A Demonic New Musical (The Cockpit) and Those We Exile (The Almeida).

Samanta Franco - Singing Teacher

Samanta is a performer who started studying piano and singing from an early age at the Portuguese National Music Conservatoire. Later, she progressed to acting and musical theatre as well, at the Theatre Academy of Finland, Lisbon Theatre and Film School, and the American Musical Theatre Academy of London. She is an established performer in numerous musicals, concerts and plays.

Ella Drummond - Dance Teacher & Centre Manager

Ella is trained by the Italia Conti Academy where she is now embarking on BA Hons course in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. As an experienced dancer, she has previously taught in various dance and performing arts schools to children of all ages. Ella has recently returned from working in Italy.

Lucy Bone - Dance Teacher

Lucy trained at Emil Dale Academy, graduating with a first class BA Hons in Musical Theatre. She is an actor/ musician and performer who is passionate about passing on her love of dance to the next generation!

Hannah Fayers - Acting Teacher & Centre Manager

Hannah is finishing her Masters Degree in Musical Theatre at LAMDA and graduated as an acting major from Bodywork Company Dance Studios. She has worked as a vocalist and actor, most recently as an actor at Monopoly Lifesize and in her own play, I Couldn’t Do Your Job at the Pleasance Theatre following a successful run at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch. She is excited to share her passion for acting and integrating those skills across all musical theatre disciplines with her new students.