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Meet the Team

Founder & Principal

Claire Pourret

Claire's career as a dancer took her all over the world and saw her perform at prestigious venues including the Royal Opera and venues up and down the UK. She trained under the Marjorie Owen Acting Scholarship at the London Studio Centre where she studied under leading figures from the world of dance including Stephen Mear, Nicky Bentley, Jack Gunn, Teresa Kerr, Bill Drysdale and Ikky Maas, graduating in 1995. As a younger teacher, she had already been a principal dance tutor at Studio Six Stage School on the south coast.


Claire founded TSPA in 2001 and has built the school from scratch into the busy and  thriving performing arts organisation it is today: now receiving 400+ visits a week from young people, it is one of the foremost BTDA schools in the south of England and her competition team TSDC competes at major UK dance competitions throughout the year.


Claire now has two daughters, (who as young performers between them have five West End credits to their name), two dogs and a cat (who have no West End credits) and a husband (with a couple of his own). Claire resides in nearby Bexleyheath. In her spare time, Claire likes imagining what it would be like to have some spare time!


With her partner, Laurence, Claire is the founder and Principal of the London College of Performing Arts which is also based at The Link and provides full time dance, acting and singing training to students at 6th form and Foundation level.

Deputy Principal

Hayley Elston-Love

Hayley's career as a dancer took her all over the world, in particular with Celebrity Cruises and contracts at Disneyland Paris and Princes Cruises. Subsequently, she has gained a wealth of experience as a dance teacher at at numerous dance schools in the South East and she became a member of the TSPA team in 2011.


Since that time she has become an integral part of our family and in 2015 was made Deputy Principal. She also serves as Head of Dance for the London College of Performing Arts.


Hayley is ISTD trained in Ballet, Tap and Modern have trained at Belcanto, Liz Burville and graduating from the Centre for Performing Arts in 2004.

Executive Director & TSPA Co-Founder

Laurence Mark Wythe

Alongside his work for TSPA, Laurence is a composer and lyricist working in musical theatre and film. He wrote the off-Broadway musical Tomorrow Morning which played New York in 2011 and has now been seen on four continents in five languages, inlcuding runs in Tokyo, Chicago, Melbourne, Seoul and London and is currently in productin for a new feature film featuring Ramin Karimloo, Samantha Barks and Joan Collins. In 2018 he wrote the music for the British film Last Laugh written by John Godber.


His work has been seen in the UK and around the world and includes the musicals Through the Door (West End 2009) and The Lost Christmas (London 2011). He wrote songs for Creatives (by Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh) which ran in Chicago and in Edinburgh in 2017. His musical GROWL! with Tim Knapman premiered with the National Youth Music Theatre in 2019 and their other musicals together are Midnight (Union Theatre London & Seoul Korea) and Danny Hero (Core Theatre Corby 2017, Birmingham Hippodrome 2019). As a musical director, Laurence worked on over thirty stage productions and has taught at all of London's leading musical theatre colleges, including Arts Ed, Mountview, Guildhall, Royal Academy of Music, LSMT and the MTA.


Laurence is married to TSPA Principal, Claire, and together they are founders and directors of the London College of Performing Arts. They have two daughters. Visit Laurence's official website here.  

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Janna Savage

Janna joined the TSPA team in 2015 and has become an integral part of the day to day running of the organsation.


She lives locally with her husband and their two children. Janna's role at TSPA continues to grow and she supervises the general administration of the children, the timetable and is also involved in the running of London College of Performing Arts.


Duty Supervisor

Penny Guyatt

Penny has been part of the TSPA family for years too numerous for us to count, since our earlier days in village halls etc. Both her daughters have grown up dancing with us, and she has been welcoming our children and their parents into the Studio since we started at the Link in 2012.


Penny now oversees the day to day running of classes and looking after the children as well as supervising the Mezzanine Cafe.

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Senior Drama Tutor

Nicola Munns

Nicola is a professional actress and drama teacher. She is a graduate of the Arts Educational Schools.


Her TV and film credits include Call the Midwife, Eastenders, Phone Shop, Dancing on the Edge and The Hour.


Stage work includes The Liver Birds - Flying Home, Carousel and The Snow Queen.


Nicola supervises drama at TSPA's Stage Stars and Musical Theatre Academy on Saturdays and is also a faculty member at London College of Performing Arts.

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Senior Musical Theatre Tutor

Chris Stoddart

Chris is a professioanl actor and singer, and also a musical director. He is currently the Head of Musical Theatre at London College of Performing Arts.


Chris's professional credits include the national tours of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Evita; in London's West End he has appeared in Jersey Boys (Piccadilly Theatre)  and Evita (Dominion Theatre) and numerous professional pantomimes around the UK.


Chris also teaches at leading performing arts colleges and he coaches private students, both children and adult performers.

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Gina is one of TSPA's wonderful success stories, having joined the school when she was just four years old.


We taught her on this very stage school throughout her childhood, and she went on to gain a place in the inaugural year of London College of Performing Arts, graduating with a triple distinction. She went on to study full time at The Centre in Rochester, graduating in 2019.


She is now a professional singer and actress and she teaches for us on Saturdays, working with the little ones on a Saturday who are just like she was when she joined us. This story makes us smile a lot.

Stage Stars Dance Tutor

Gina Wiley

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