Drama Tutors


Vicky Dempsey - Academy Owner

After having my first child I searched up and down the country to find a drama school that would take my two year old, as she had an imagination that took me to new worlds. When I couldn’t find anything I started to write a syllabus that was connected to the early years foundation course – this is when The Petite Acting Academy was born.

I have a BA Hons in Acting and have worked with children both abled and disabled in relation to drama and education so realised I was well placed to create something new. I am also a fully qualified LAMDA teacher and so have an in depth knowledge of what will make drama come alive to children. Most importantly, however, I have four children and I believe that childhood should be magical.


Katie Roney – Training Manager 

I'm Katie and I have been a tutor with the company for over 3 yrs. I love the fact I get to work with and inspire the most amazing and imaginative age group. I love the interaction and responses I get from the children and seeing their confidence grow and their characters blossom is a so rewarding. By giving children a channel in which to express themselves to learn drama skills and basic communication skills in the process is what inspires me and makes me want to continue to develop within the company.






Jessica Sykes

Music and Drama have always been a very important part of my life. Growing up I spent most of my time, in education, taking part in shows and concerts. I followed this through high school and college until I reach University. I studied BA Hons in Music Theatre at UCLan, where I continued to take part in productions and became a member of the UCLan Chamber Choir. After I graduated I knew I wanted to work with children and when I joined The Petite Acting Academy, the joy of teaching was made clear to me. Nothing more than seeing the children’s faces when I walk through the door every week.

Watching each child take a journey of discovery through music and drama brings a massive amount of joy to both myself and their parents. Saying goodbye to the children as they leave for primary school is the most difficult part of the year but I take happiness in knowing that they are leaving with more confidence and the knowledge that they are perfect just the way they are.


Deborah Carr – Area Manager 

I first entered the world of theatre when I was just 4 years old when I started taking dance classes. At 16 my training continued at a full time theatre school where I gained Qualified Teacher Status in Dance and Performing Arts with the Royal Academy of Dancing. Upon graduating I secured a contract teaching Ballet at a school in Norway. Since my return to the UK in 2001 I have taught dance and drama in various schools and nurseries across the northwest.
For me the theatre is a world where imagination comes to life and now I get to spend my week going to a ball, saving the city, swimming with mermaids or finding dinosaurs!! For me the most rewarding part of my job is seeing the children’s confidence grow week by week. These amazingly creative little minds make every day full of fun.




Nicola Hammond

Hello, my name is Nicola but all the children call me Nicola-Picola! I have been working for The Petite Acting Academy since June 2014. I moved to Lancashire in March 2014 after living in London for the past 10 years where I was performing on the Westend stage. I love performing but after my husbands job brought us to Lancashire I have been lucky enough to work for 'Petite'.
The best part of my job is watching the children grow and mature as they have fun and seeing my after school clubs put on their end of term plays. I have a nine year old boy called Henry and I love to sing, read, knit, bake and sew.


Selina David

Ever since I was little, drama, make-believe and imagination have been a big part of my life! From swimming with Mermaids at the pool to making a den to hide from the Witches! It has also been my lifelong ambition to work within the education sector - but I never thought I could ever combine the two...until I joined Petite Acting Academy! I can teach a brilliantly tailored syllabus, from the deep dark forest to under the sea, as well as being silly and adventurous along the way! Seeing the children grow and enjoy themselves whilst learning is one of the most satisfying things about my job, and I truly enjoy every minute! I am a big kid at heart, where growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional!


Beth Munro

Before I joined the Petite Acting Academy, my passion had always been in drama and the performing arts. I was thrilled when I joined the team and even though I felt the experience I had prior to joining would be perfect, little did I know that I would gain so much knowledge and training as I went along.  

I have learnt more than I ever could have expected, and the whole journey so far has been absolutely wonderful. What more could you want in a job than beginning your day with Ollie the ostrich and ending it on an adventure to never never land or to the top of jacks beanstalk! Seeing the children's faces light up every week as I enter the classroom with a brand new set of props and an exciting new story to tell.  Boredom is never an issue and I can't believe I call it my job because to me every day is different and full of never ending fun!



Aine O’Grady – Tutor

After growing up in an Artistic environment, I decided I wanted to pursue a career in the Arts, so I went on to study Performing Arts at college, then moved on to Music Theatre at University. I have worked in performance since, touring in theatre productions as well as a musician across the U.K and Spain. I have just joined the team here at The Petite Acting Academy, where I'm looking forward to using the skills I've gained over the years to help young people develop themselves through drama. There is no greater reward than seeing someone grow in confidence, creativity and social ability in drama classes, and I'm excited to help make this achievable.


Linda Dixon - Tutor









Sarah Jeffrey - Tutor

Since a young age I have always been interested in the arts and I took every opportunity to put on a show for anyone to watch. I did a degree in Performing Arts at the University of Gloucestershire, I loved every minute of it and learnt so much. In my third year I had to write a dissertation and I decided to write mine on the use of drama in the classroom and the impact drama has to children. Doing my dissertation showed me just how Important drama is for Children and the positive factors it has to their confidence, life skills and imagination. I love working with children and seeing there faces light up in our classes, it's so rewarding to see them grow and explore new things. I'm so excited for my future with Petite and working with little stars!





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