About Us

We take great pride in our exceptional faculty and team. Our teachers are highly trained professionals with extensive credentials. Additionally, all of our staff undergo DBS checks (enhanced) and complete safeguarding training to ensure that our students receive the best possible experience. Many of our staff members are also qualified teachers, which demonstrates our commitment to providing outstanding opportunities for children and young people. We believe that our team's expertise and dedication are essential to creating a supportive and enriching learning environment for our students.

 

David Stinson FRSA, MIPATH, ATCL

Founder & Principal

David is a multifaceted individual with a wealth of experience in the performing arts and education sectors. As the CEO and Founder of International Performing Arts & Theatre (I-PATH), he has established a world-renowned examination board that offers regulated exams through RSL Awards, accredited by Ofqual. With thousands of members across Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, and Australia, I-PATH is a leading authority in the performing arts industry.


David's passion for the arts is evident in his professional background as a singer and dancer. He has graced the stage in numerous musical productions, including leading roles in the Dominion Theatre and Victoria Apollo in London's West End. He has also supported renowned artists such as X Factor winner Sam Bailey and singers from The Voice at various events.


In addition to his work with I-PATH, David is the Founder and Principal of the award-winning David Stinson Theatre School that leads elite training in dance and theatre every Saturday as well as provides full-time childcare during all school holidays. The school has two branches in London: Blackheath (Greenwich) and Highgate (Islington). 


David is also a Director at Global Education Training & Qualifications, an organisation that specialises in education and qualifications, which he leads alongside world-renowned academics from prestigious universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard


David's extensive experience in the state education sector includes roles as a Primary School teacher and School Business Manager. He has also been instrumental in the turnaround of several primary schools that were rated as Inadequate by Ofsted.


David's commitment to education extends beyond his professional endeavors. He has served as a school governor at numerous schools throughout the country, demonstrating his dedication to improving the quality of education for all children and young people. With his vast experience and passion for the performing arts and education, David is a true leader in his field.


David is also a well-known figure in the world of dance competitions and arts education. He has judged competitions across Europe and is a guest lecturer at various colleges and universities in the UK, Europe, and Asia. 


When he's not busy with his professional endeavors, David is passionate about supporting numerous charities and giving back to his community. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the UN's International Dance Council, where he is invited to attend meetings at UNESCO.


David's ultimate goal is to make arts education accessible to everyone. He believes that everyone should have the opportunity to explore their creativity and express themselves through the arts.


To keep up with David's journey and stay updated on his latest projects, be sure to follow him on social media. You can find him on Facebook (David Stinson), Instagram (@davidstinson20), and Twitter (@StinsonTheatre).

Amy Goater

Vice Principal (Blackheath Holiday Club Programme), Teacher

Amy is a highly accomplished individual who has trained at the world-renowned drama school, Rose Brufords. With over a decade of experience at the David Stinson Theatre School, she has become a beloved figure among students. 


In addition to her teaching credentials, Amy is an examiner for the international exam board I-PATH and holds a Diploma in Performing Arts Pedagogy & Principles. Her expertise in the field is unparalleled, and she is widely respected for her contributions to the industry.


But Amy's talents don't stop there. She is also a member of the girl band The Sundaes, who have been featured on the BBC's All Together Now. Her musical talents have taken her to stages around the world, including the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Overall, Amy is a true force to be reckoned with in the world of performing arts. Her dedication, passion, and talent have made her a valuable asset to the industry, and she continues to inspire and uplift those around her.

Chris Huntley

Teacher & Musical Director

Chris is a highly accomplished musician and graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. With a career spanning opera, musical theatre, classical, and contemporary music genres, he is a true master of his craft. Based in London, Chris works as a pianist, musical director, vocal coach, and arranger. He is currently the musical director and singing teacher at David Stinson Theatre School.


Chris has an impressive list of regional and international credits to his name. He served as Associate Musical Director on the award-winning Three Sides The Musical at the 45th Street Theatre. He has also worked as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master for Carmen, Savitri, and La Boheme at the Thailand Cultural Centre in Bangkok. Additionally, he was the Musical Director for Madame Butterfly in Al Bida, Kuwait, and La Boheme's South Asia Tour and P&O Cruises (MVs Artemis and Arcadia). He has also worked on productions such as The Family Hoffmanns Christmas Mystery Palace at The MAC in Belfast, Til The Boys Come Home at the Sydenham Arts Festival, and Orton at the ATS Theatre.


Chris has taught at many prestigious arts institutions in London, including The Urdang Academy, Rose Bruford College, Arts Ed, and London School of Musical Theatre. He is currently a musical theatre practitioner at The Guildhall School Of Music and Drama, Be.Training Programme, Northfleet School For Girls, Laura Bruce Dance Academy, and is the musical director for The Place choir and the Claremont Project Gospel Choir.


With his extensive experience and expertise, Chris is a true asset to any production or institution he works with. His passion for music and dedication to his craft are evident in everything he does.

Eva Believer

Teacher

Eva holds a Master's Degree in Acting, Singing, and Piano, which she earned through private training under the guidance of Laura Sarti at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Her extensive training and experience have made her a highly sought-after performer, and she has graced the stage at countless concerts, corporate events, festivals, and charity functions. Additionally, Eva has taken on leading roles in numerous musical productions and has been featured in several televised series. She is also a well-known clothes model, with regular appearances on popular shows such as Good Morning Britain, This Morning, and QVC.


We are honored to have Eva as the leader of our Music Department, where she oversees all of our private piano and singing classes. Her expertise and passion for music are evident in everything she does, and her dedication to helping students achieve their full potential is truly inspiring. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced musician, Eva has the knowledge and skills to help you reach your goals and become the best musician you can be. Join us today and experience the magic of music with Eva!

Sophie Gandhorkia

Teacher

Sophie is a highly skilled dancer and choreographer who has honed her craft at some of the most prestigious institutions in the UK. She received training at both Arts Educational Schools in West London and the renowned Dupont Dance School in Leicester. Sophie has achieved ISTD Majors in Ballet, Jazz, and Tap, as well as majors in RAD (Royal Academy of Dance). Currently, she trains at the world-renowned Urdang Academy, located in the heart of Central London.


We are incredibly fortunate to have Sophie as a member of our team. Her talent and expertise are unparalleled, and she brings a level of professionalism and creativity that is truly exceptional. Sophie has also made a name for herself in the entertainment industry, having appeared both on stage and on screen. Her impressive theatre credits include a performance in Aida alongside West End and TV star Janie Dee.


Sophie's dedication to her craft and her passion for dance are evident in everything she does. She is a true asset to our team, and we are proud to have her on board.

Jasmine Eales

Teacher

Jasmine received her training at Studio 69 in Leicester before pursuing her studies at one of Europe's top conservatoires, Bird College in London. She specialises in Ballet, Jazz, and Tap, and has also showcased her talents in Musical Theatre performances.


Currently, Jasmine is a dedicated instructor at David Stinson Theatre School, where she teaches syllabus and exam classes, as well as Musical Theatre dance. Her collaborative efforts with Sophie have resulted in a dynamic and engaging dance department that inspires and entertains students. 


Jasmines impressive background and expertise in dance make her an invaluable asset to our team. Her passion for the art form is evident in her teaching style, and she is committed to helping students develop their skills and reach their full potential.

Harley-Jo Wing

Visiting Teacher

Harley-Jo is a renowned dancer for the stars, frequently gracing television screens and concert stages as a backing dancer for A-listers like Jason Derulo, Ludacris, Diddy, and Tiesto. Her exceptional talent has made her one of the most sought-after commercial dancers in Europe, and she never fails to inspire children when she guest teaches for us during her breaks.


Harley-Jo honed her skills at the prestigious Addict Academy in Leicester, widely recognised as one of the top colleges for commercial dance and musical theatre in the UK. Her training has undoubtedly contributed to her success as a dancer, and she continues to push herself to new heights with each performance.


When she's not busy with contracts, Harley-Jo generously shares her expertise by leading various dance classes. Her passion for dance is infectious, and her students are fortunate to learn from one of the best in the business.

Cristian Zaccarini

Visiting Teacher

Cristian is a true star of the West End! His passion for dance and musical theatre is matched only by his exceptional talent. He honed his craft at one of the most prestigious conservatoires in the world, Arts Educational Schools in London, before taking to the stage in both West End productions and touring shows. His impressive credits include performances in The Light In The Piazza and Grease, and he is currently wowing audiences in Heathers The Musical.


We are thrilled to have Cristian as a member of our faculty. His boundless energy and infectious enthusiasm inspire all of our students to reach for the stars. With Cristian's guidance, our students are sure to shine as brightly as he does on stage.

 

Support Staff

Our holiday clubs, which operate during all school breaks, are staffed by a team of exceptional faculty members. We take great pride in the diversity and expertise of our qualified teachers and teaching assistants. The faculty members listed below provide invaluable support to our performing arts teachers during these popular and award-winning programmes.

Sam Larkman - Qualified Primary School Teacher (PGCE, QTS)

Masie Hill - Qualified Primary School Teacher (PGCE, QTS)

Alex Middleton - Performing Arts Teacher

Matt Xavier Alves - Performing Arts Teacher

Jordan Doogan - Teaching Assistant

Agnes Anderson - Teaching Assistant

Kaycee-Anne Dean - Teaching Assistant