NAPA’s Drama classes take the format of informal workshops designed to develop performance techniques and key skills that are required for a variety of genres.
Each class works towards regular performances, whether that be informal performances within sessions or the end of year showcases. Both of these allow the students to show off their achievements giving them all a chance to shine.
In addition to regular sessions and shows, students have several opportunities to audition for production classes, in which they rehearse and stage a complete play.
We also offer private acting tuition where we follow the LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) drama syllabus which result in students taking exams and gaining recognised qualifications. In addition these solo sessions can also be tailored towards producing audition material.
The objectives of Drama here at NAPA are to allow students to learn, develop and flourish within an informal yet professional environment in the most fun way possible.
Class TimetableClick on class name to find out more
|5.00pm||-||6.00pm||Snr Drama Age 16 - 18|
|6.00pm||-||7.00pm||Snr Drama Age 18 -22|
|7.00pm||-||8.00pm||Jnr Drama 7 - 11|
|8.00pm||-||9.00pm||Inter Drama Production|
|11.00am||-||1.00pm||Over 55's Drama|
|5.30pm||-||6.30pm||Jnr Drama 7 - 11|
|6.30pm||-||7.30pm||Inter Drama 12 - 16|
|7.30pm||-||8.30pm||Snr Drama Production|
The Drama Team
Paul Connell, Head of Drama
Paul has been the Head of Drama since 2016 and has worked within the drama department since 2010. Within this time Paul has directed many shows including ‘Animal Farm’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Room 13’. As well as being a director Paul is also a writer, and has written many of the performances that the students have taken part in over the years, these include ‘Buried’, ‘Cousin Billy’ and the work used in drama showcases and summer schools. Paul has a BA Honours Degree in Literature and has worked within several companies such as The National Youth Theatre. Paul coaches students on a one to one basis for both exams and auditions and has a very high success rate - particularly within LAMDA’s syllabus. Within the Drama department Paul’s aim is to help students develop a wide range of skills including vocal techniques, choral speaking, character development and performance for contemporary and classical theatre. Paul places a lot of emphasis on the students’ own creativity – encouraging them to develop original ideas and build unique performances.
Katie Wright, Head of Education and Engagement
During her time at NAPA Katie has directed an array of successful shows in both drama and musical theatre, including the academy’s larger scale productions such as Betty Blue Eyes and the Phantom of the Opera at Hull Truck Theatre and Jesus Christ Superstar at the Hull New Theatre. Katie was also the creative lead on the academy’s successful City of Culture creative communities show ‘We are the Future’ at the Hull City Hall. Katie has a BA Honours Degree in Literature and a PGCE in Secondary English. Katie has experience of teaching both English and Drama at Key stage 3, 4 and 5. Katie has taught a variety of styles of drama including voice and technique and also has a vast amount of experience teaching the LAMDA acting syllabus. Katie specialises in private tuition and has supported many students in getting into degree level performing arts training at national schools such as Arts Ed, Mountview, RADA, Italia Conti and ALRA.