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 - Karl Winson
Karl first got into theatre when he joined Bournemouth's Stagecoach Theatre School at the age of 14. From there he moved on to Big Little Theatre School and continued with musical theatre performing in shows such as "Children of Eden" and "Spotlight". Alongside performing Karl is also a dance instructor and specialises in line dancing, with classes across Bournemouth and Poole; he is constantly in demand for workshops and demonstrations (not just line dancing but musical theatre also). Karl also has an interest in other styles of dance such as Jive, Rock n' Roll, Ballroom and Latin American, however his speciality lies with choreography. Over the past few years Karl has choreographed numerous line dance routines which have been published in dance magazines across the world with a number of these dances reaching the top 10 line dance chart. Over the past 2 years he has been working with an international dance choreographer who has been teaching his dances while on tour. His most recent accomplishment is reaching the number 1 spot in the world line dance chart with his dance "Unpredictable". Other choreography credits include 'West Side Story', 'You're a good man Charlie Brown' and 'Kiss me Kate'. After 3 years at Brockenhurst College on the performing arts course he is now in his final year studying Musical Theatre at Winchester University. A current member of Poole and Parkstones operatic society (P&P) he continually performs in their annual shows at the Lighthouse in Poole.
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."