Meet The Academy Tutors
Neil Cackett - Principal
Neil started at The Academy as a volunteer in 2014 and then moved on to assist in acting. He then went onto to become tutor of Topaz group before moving on to becoming one of the singing tutors. He has many years experience in amateur theatre on and off the stage where he started at the age of 7. In his spare time he runs an amateur theatre group 'Westwell Players' in Ashford and now The Academy too. Neil has 4 children that keep him on his toes!
Neil loves nothing more than being silly and making everyone laugh!
Monika - Singing Tutor
Monika Joined The Academy in 2013. She has trained and gained a BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts. She is a regular singer / actor / musical theatre performer in local amateur groups and has played many lead roles including one her favourites: Delores Van Cartier in Sister Act the Musical.
Monika is a fabulous tutor who gets the most from the children.
Georgie - Dance Tutor
Georgie is a dance graduate from Greenwich University and K College
she has worked for over10 years part-time in musical theatre schools. She loves choreographing the show routines and is excellent in bring the children together to create their own master pieces!
Georgie is a great positive influence on her classes and has fantastic vision.
Pinny - Drama Tutor
'Pinny' has a lifetime of experience in theatre both on and off the stage:
acting, writing, directing, set-building, props-making, costume design and making. She leads our Drama department and gets very involved in all other aspects of The Academy Tenterden. Pinny is one of the longest serving tutors and loves every minute of it. She has a wealth of experience and passes these skills to the children.
Pinny loves working with the children at The Academy Performing Arts Tenterden.
Ruby - Topaz Tutor
Ruby is an ex student of The Academy and has come back to teach. She has had a great experience since leaving the Academy as an actor, model and dancer.
The children love her style and see her as one of them.
Sarah - Dance Tutor
Sarah has danced since the age of 4, training at Lacey Theatre Arts dance school. She is trained in many different disciplines of dance such as Ballet, Tap, Modern, Lyrical and Musical Theatre. Sarah has lots experience working with Children having assisted with teaching dance classes and she is currently working towards her IDTA Associate Ballet Teacher qualification.
Sarah has represented the South of England in the IDTA ballet championships at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. She has also performed in the professional Qdos Entertainment Company’s pantomime at the White Rock Theatre, Hastings for the past 4 years. In 2018 Sarah had the chance to choreograph the show “Anything Goes” with the Renaissance Theatre Company, raising funds for St Michael’s Hospice.
Harriet - Dance Assistant
Phoebe - Drama Assistant
Tara - Topaz Assistant
Music,dance and drama have always been a very important part of my life. Throughout school I’ve always jumped at the chance to take place in any shows or performances. I’m currently taking GCSE drama and hope to go on to study Drama at A-level.
I work with Topaz class , the youngest of the lot! I love the fact I get to work with and inspire the most amazing and imaginative age group. Each week they grow in both performance and confidence and it’s amazing being able to see them grow as a class!