Meet our teachers
Principal - Peta Moffitt
Peta has been involved in theatre from a very young age and danced from the age of three. She has been trained in all areas of dance to teaching level and has a degree in Drama.
Peta has performed in excess of 40 productions in all genres from panto and farces to Shakespeare and tragedies. Most recently she took the lead of Maggie in Harold Brighouse's Hobson's Choice which resulted in a nomination for 'Best Actress in a Comedy Drama' in the Southern Curtain Call Acting Awards. Peta has also worked closely with the youth section of her local theatre group and has been a scout & cub leader.
Peta took over at Bournemouth Stagecoach in April 2011 and still absolutely loves every Stagecoach week as if it were her first.
Early Stages, Dance Coach - Heather Davies
Heather began dancing at the age of 3 at The Stage Door School of Dancing and was lucky enough to perform in the Bournemouth and Poole pantomimes as a juvenile alongside stars like June Brown, Matthew Kelly and Roy Hudd.
At the age of 16 she continued her training at The Stage Door School of Dancing and gained her advanced levels in Modern and Tap dance, Intermediate level in Ballet and gained her teaching qualifications in Tap, Ballet and National Dance.
On leaving Heather went on and performed at Haven Holiday Parks with shows for Qdos Productions and JW Productions, worked abroad in Crete performing in 5* and 4* hotels, did a summer season at the Pier Theatre Bournemouth for Colin Matthews and did a number of Christmas Pantomimes for UK Productions at the Anvil in Basingstoke. Heather is pleased to have been given the chance to teach dance at Stagecoach Bournemouth and is a longstanding valued member of the teaching staff.
Singing Coach - Emma Aldir
Emma has performed in various genres including drama, comedy, adventure, romance, fantasy opera, oratorio, pantomime and musical theatre. Since graduating with a 2:1 in Musical Theatre at Buckinghamshire New University in 2011, Emma's professional credits have included The Birth of a King (UK Premiere) and Aida (UK Tour, Chisinau National Opera / Ellen Kent International). Her strongest credits include: Smitty (How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying), Lilli Vanessi (Kiss Me, Kate), Yum-Yum (The Hot Mikado), Jenny Lind (Barnum), Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Aladdin (Aladdin), and Cinderella (Cinderella).
A current member of Questa Voce choir, Emma appears regularly as a lead vocalist performing with members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Emma is looking forward to becoming a member of the Stagecoach team and passing on her passion for singing to the children.
Drama Coach - Emma Nias
Emma has enjoyed a varied theatre training and began performing at a very early age. Taking part in as many amateur and school productions as possible, Emma then went on to study Drama GCSE before her Performing Arts AVCE and Drama and Theatre studies A level at Barton Peveril College. Emma joined amateur group The Chesil Theatre in 2007 and has performed in various lead roles in plays such as 'Billy Liar' and 'Hedda Gabler'. Her role as Hero in their production of 'Much Ado About Nothing' was nominated for 'Best Actress in a Shakespeare Play' at The Southern Curtain Call Awards. Emma has always had a love for theatre in education, her first role being with The Point Theatre where she played 'Me' in 'Javier, Maria and Me' which toured local schools with performances and workshops. After completing a course in Greek Theatre with East 15 drama school, Emma then gained a place on the BA Hons Acting course at Birmingham School of Acting. Currently studying a BA hons degree in Street Arts at the University of Winchester, Emma has had training in clowning, dance, mime, puppetry, circus skills and comedy amongst other forms of practice. She recently enjoyed performing at the Olympic Stadium alongside her university peers for the Sainsburys 2012 Schools Games - an experience she will never forget! Emma has also had recent success with her street theatre company, performing in various festivals along the south coast this summer. She is looking forward to becoming a member of the Stagecoach team and using her drama skills to encourage the development of creative young people!
Early Stages Coach - Gemma Nielsen
Gemma graduated from the London College of Music with a degree in Musical Theatre and comes with a vast amount of teaching and performing experience. Whilst training Gemma was very lucky to have the opportunity to perform different styles in various venues around London, from cabaret to musicals, open mic nights and set band gigs. Gemma says "I'm really excited to work with the Early Stages students at Stagecoach; I love to give them the encouragement and skills that as a young performer will allow them to grow in confidence and strengthen their abilities."