APA student acts in music video
Authentic Performance Academy & Agency (APA) Oxford
Authentic Performance Academy & Agency (APA) Oxford
Authentic Performance Academy & Agency Oxford
Authentic Performance Academy & Agency Oxford
Authentic Performance Academy & Agency Oxford
Authentic Performance Academy & Agency Oxford
Authentic Performance Academy & Agency Oxford
Authentic Performance Academy & Agency Oxford
Authentic Performance Academy & Agency Oxford
Authentic Performance Academy & Agency Oxford
Authentic Performance Academy & Agency Oxford
APA students being coached in acting
Vocal coaching at Authentic Performance Academy
Oxford theatre school Authentic Performance Academy Youth Theatre Company
Authentic Performance Academy Minis Oxford
Authentic Performance Academy Minis performing arts classes for 5-7 year olds
Authentic Performance Academy Youth Theatre Company
Authentic Performance Academy performing Mobile Phone Show at The North Wall Oxford
APA pupils performing at The North Wall
APA pupils performing at The North Wall
Authentic Performance Academy screen acting
APA screen acting
Authentic Performance Academy screen acting
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Meet the Team

Marcus D'Amico co-founder and creative director of Authentic Performance AcademyMarcus D’Amico, Co-founder and Artistic Director

Marcus attended Redroofs Theatre School as a child and was working in professional theatre from the age of 10. He landed his first starring role playing Oliver in Cameron Mackintosh’s West End revival of Oliver! opposite Roy Hudd at the Albery Theatre in 1977.

He went on to appear in many TV and theatre productions and films as a successful child and teenage actor, including BBC2’s Last Summer’s Child with Billie Whitelaw, the movie Superman II and a leading role in the hit teenage TV series S.W.A.L.K.

He successfully grew into a number of acclaimed adult parts, appearing in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket; being nominated for a Laurence Olivier award as ‘Best Actor’ for his performance in Tony Kushner‘s original production of Angels in America at the National Theatre, lead roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company; and winning the Time Out award for Best Male Performance in The Boys Next Door at the Comedy Theatre.

His international career included playing the lead on Broadway in An Inspector Calls directed by Stephen Daldry winning the Theatre World Award and a Drama Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor; and played opposite Rupert Graves and Rachel Weisz in Design for Living at the Gielgud Theatre in 1995. He created the role of Michael ‘Mouse’ Tolliver in the internationally acclaimed cult Channel Four TV series of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City (watch a clip from the series here) and worked with Hollywood Indie film directors such as Greg Arraki.

Besides acting, writing and directing, Marcus has taught many professional acting master classes and workshops in the UK and the United States for a number of years. He uses a unique holistic approach in his teaching, often choosing non-performance led techniques to draw out the individual artist.

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BBC Radio Oxford interview with Marcus, 2013 Courtesy of BBC Radio Oxford, www.bbc.co.uk/radiooxford

Part 1 marcus pt 1 Part 2 marcus pt 2

Melissa D’Amico, Co-founder and Agency Director

Marcus’ sister, Melissa, has also spent many years working in television and film as Production Manager and Assistant Director on various productions including BBC1’s The Big Questions with Nicky Campbell, Channel 4’s Dispatches, the Discovery Channel’s Kings of Construction, BBC2’s Uncharted Territory, Sky One’s Shock Treatment and Cineville’s film Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, starring Dame Joan Plowright.

Melissa trained as a dancer in ballet and jazz till the age of eighteen and sang in choirs throughout childhood. After university, she moved to London and sang in various bands both as lead and backing vocalist, before making the move into Production and working behind the camera. She has worked with some of the best actors, performers, crew and directors throughout her career and brings a wealth of professional knowledge and experience of the industry to APA.

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Ana Torre, Acting Teacher

Ana graduated from Drama Studio London where she did her actor’s training in 2015. Recently, she performed as part of  ‘Zootrophic’, a company that specialises in doing epic improv shows with big political themes, with more that 20 performers on stage, as well as dancers and musicians.  Most recently she was part of ‘A Drunken Sailor’ in the Edinburgh fringe festival, where she was performing a type of comedy improvisation called Playblack improv. 

As an actor she has worked in London theatres such as Southwark Playhouse and the Arcola, and she founded her own theatre company, Barbarian Collective, in 2016.  Ana’s also been part of several independent film productions in front of and behind the camera.  Ana started working as a teacher while training in Drama Studio and has more than 4 years’ experience with children and adults. 

Singing Coach at APANikki Wallis, Singing Teacher

Nikki is a fully qualified music teacher, and has been teaching in and around Oxford for the last 20 years. She has worked principally in schools, most recently as Head of Music at a local secondary school, and has a passion for musical theatre.

She has worked to stage numerous musical concerts and productions within schools and theatre schools, and currently teaches privately and as a peripatetic vocal coach. She has a wealth of examination experience and has worked for AQA exam board both as an examiner and as a teacher trainer. Her current vocal students are successful in both Rockschool and Musical Theatre exams, and this year, a former student gained a place in the open mic final.

As an experienced practitioner, Nikki has sung with a number of choirs. She is also an accomplished pianist.

Thomas Page, Minis and Dance Teacher

Specialising in contemporary dance, Thomas has had the opportunity to work with various professional artists and companies including; Lizzie-Kew Ross, Dr Naomi Lefebvre-Sell Matthew Bourne, Michael Bublé, and the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour. Whilst also having the opportunity to intern for Andrea Walker and his hip-hop company (201 Dance Company) as they develop and tour their urban/contemporary work including their 5* show ‘Smother.’

Although primarily trained as a dance artist Thomas has always been passionate about all aspects of the performing arts with his fondest credits including performing in the National Theatre Connections 2012 production of ‘Grandfathers’ and directing a student led production of Jean-Paul Sartre’s ‘No Exit’ with Chipping Norton School.

Thomas is currently studying at London’s prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for the Ba (Hons) Contemporary Dance Degree, working with top choreographers and artists in the dance industry. Under the mentorship of James Pett, of Studio Wayne McGregor, Thomas founded his contemporary dance company (Thomas Page Dances) in 2016 with their debut work ‘C-A-G-E-D’ successfully premiered and received in London’s Laban Studio Theatre.

Having assisted Marcus at The Theatre Chipping Norton’s TakePart summer workshops, Thomas came on board with APA, teaching Minis and dance.

Thomas’s headshot is by Jack Thomson www.photographybyjackthomson.com

 

All teachers and staff are fully DBS-checked.

 

Some images from Marcus’ television and film career

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  • Testimonials

    Thank you for all the hard work that went into organising the show. We were very impressed with the standard of the children. Our girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves.