When you join MAPA you join a family​

We are a Chester-based non franchise performing arts academy that works towards educating and training the next generation of artists.

Majestic Academy of Performing Arts offers inspiring, fun yet challenging training in all aspects of performing arts. This includes, but not limited to; improvisation, acting, script work, play production, filming, presentation skills, musical theatre production, ballet, solo singing, group singing, street dance, commercial jazz dance, contemporary dance, showcases, audition technique and vocal coaching. Taught by a team of experienced industry professionals, young performers will work on producing full-scale productions and shows with a performance at the end of each term.

Those who are part of the academy also have the opportunity to be scouted by Majestic International. MI is hugely successful for its model and casting agency through which many of our talent have gone on to win major West End, Film & TV roles. All our classes are fun and friendly, and we will celebrate each pupils’ individuality with REGULAR performance opportunities and showcases.

Although performance art makes valuable cultural contributions and enriches people’s lives across the globe, the path to a career in the industry is not easy.
That’s why we take our commitment to making performance art education affordable and accessible so seriously. Our experienced, award-winning instructors and dedicated support staff combine a progressive mix of applied study, leadership development, and professional outreach to help students understand their craft, unlock their full potential and prepare themselves for a career in the arts.

Using an intense, but supportive, style, we take pride in pushing students to the limits of their capabilities, while also helping them fine-tune the practical skills needed to thrive in today’s competitive job market and their day to day life.

With courses and classes that accommodate everyone from neophytes to seasoned pros, we challenge all students to exceed expectations and shape their own destiny and take immense pride in our work.

At MAPA, our dream is to help your dreams come true through arts education. We look forward to seeing you in our classes or on one of our courses!

Our Mission

Majestic Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) believes stories have the power to transform lives for the better – by helping people connect with their humanity through a greater understanding of oneself, others and the world.

Our Team of Industry Professionals

Joanne Saunders

Principal of Majestic Academy of Performing Arts & Founder of Majestic International Model & Casting Agency.

Joanne has a whopping 22 years industry experience, having been an actress in both TV and stage working for Andrew Lloyd Webber and Joop Van De Ende just to name a few. Joanne has an in depth knowledge of the entertainment industry thanks to training at stage school which led to ventures into children’s entertainment, acting, modelling, TV/radio presenting, journalism and many other business endeavours. Originating from the North West, Joanne’s work has taken her across the globe. With transcontinental contacts Joanne ensures the sophistication and originality of every project undertaken by Majestic whilst striving to ensure that these ventures gain all of the exposure and media coverage, which they deserve. Joanne’s expert knowledge, calibre, determination and incredible ability to work with a wide range of people all ensure success; this is shown through Majestic Models and Casting’s large and diverse clientele and now the amazing expansion of Majestic Academy of Performing Arts. Whatever the size, Joanne is committed to ensuring that every job is a success. Anyone with questions within the arts or about joining an agency or what agents are looking for, she is your woman! An opportunity not to be missed!

Mair Rees Davies

Head Vocal Coach

Mair is an Artistic Director of a top agency in West London that was awarded best Music Theatre School by Thames Valley University. 100 % Pass rate 95% Distinction in LCM Music Theatre Exams. Past pupils with West End Credits in Oliver, Sound Of Music, Billy Elliott, Evita Les Miserable and Shrek .
Vocal coaching for Welsh and English Music Festivals, West End Shows, X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent
International Adjudicator.

Mair is an amazing tutor and we are so lucky to have her. We are offering 1-1 singing sessions with Mair also workshops on the art of auditioning for West End Shows and UK tours. Mair’s workshops and classes fill up fast, so be quick.

Chloe Waggett

Dance & Musical Theatre Coach

Chloe attended Urdang Academy in London to study a foundation Dance and Musical Theatre course. From there she attended more auditions and was successful in gaining a place at 4 top dance colleges in London and now has a first Class degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre from Bird College. During this time she studied a variety of dance styles, including; ballet, tap, jazz, commercial, contemporary and hip hop & Musical Theatre. 

Chloe has had opportunities to perform on stages such as the Royal Albert Hall, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Move It Dance Convention, as a dancer on X Factor and various music videos and Netflix shows.

Jon Christos

Vocal Coach to Teens & Adults

Jon Christos is an Internationally acclaimed singer, award winning recording artist and TV vocal coach, not to mention Jon is TV & Radio presenter and a member of the Professorial Staff – Vocal Studies at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Jon is best known for albums of operatically-styled crossover music. Jon is an acclaimed vocal consultant and singing coach with 40 years’ experience.

As one of our amazing tutors he will be offering 1-1 vocal coaching and piano lessons with MAPA for 14+.

Graham Fryearson

Vocal Coach / Guitar & Ukulele Coach

Graham is a highly qualified vocal coach, with many years of experience in the music industry. He nurtures and inspires his students to get the best out of them! You can learn correct techniques, improve your range, and discover new repertoire in a fun and engaging way. He has a huge background in music and performance behind him; since the age of 14, he has performed in bands, both original and covers. 

As a multi-instrumentalist, Graham specializes in CCM and rock vocals, guitar, bass, keys, and ukulele. While studying Popular Music Performance at University and became a qualified vocal coach through BAST (Be A Singing Teacher). Fast forward and Graham is a known vocal geek who is undergoing his Master’s Degree in Vocal Pedagogy.

Louise-Topley

Louise Topley

Administrator

Louise works for the prestigious Majestic International model and casting agency also the day to day dealings with daily sign ups and audition process along with profile management for casting websites and reviewing model portfolio. Also the day to day for Majestic Academy of Performing Arts.

She is your go to for any questions with audition/casting process for agencies and what agents look for and booking our wonderful venue and classes!

Bethan Grace

Teaching Assistant

Bethan has trained in performing arts since the age of 3 and has always loved performing. At the age of 14 she became a dance teaching assistant at her local stage school, and continued this until the age of 18 when she left her home town to turn her love of performing into a career by heading to Chester and completing a degree in Musical Theatre at The Hammond School. Some of her performance credits include; Valerie Clarke in ‘A Chorus Line’, Le Fou in ‘Beauty and the Beast’, Margot in ‘Legally Blonde’, Alice in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and many more! She spent her summer of 2019 as the Head of Musical Theatre at Camp Wa-Klo girls camp in New Hampshire, USA and spent the rest of that summer travelling the states. 

After graduating summer of 2020, she decided to take her career further by pursuing her love of teaching and began studying for her PGCE in Secondary Drama. She is so happy to be a part of the MAPA family.

Cat Hanson

Cat Hanson

Saxophonist | Tutor | Arranger

Having grown up in a brass banding family, Cat has been surrounded by music all of her life. After years of playing in brass bands on various instruments (Tenor Horn, Cornet, and Tuned Percussion to name a few!), she ended up trying out her friend’s Saxophone and instantly fell in love. From there, she taught herself the basics, played in her local music centre and ended up progressing all the way to the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Cat graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Music with Honours.


Since graduating from the RNCM, Cat works as a gigging musician, tutor, arranger and also as a band consultant for the Blue Lion Band. Over the years, she has performed at many famous locations with various chamber ensembles, such as the Birmingham Symphony Hall, St. Martin-In-The-Fields (London) and the Royal Albert Hall (London).

Megan

Megan Berry

Dance Coach

Megan has trained as a dancer from the age of 6 where she competed competitively in lyrical competitions throughout the country. She progressed onto training in ballet and jazz gaining her BBO qualifications. 

Megan then attended Rare Studios in Liverpool from the age of 13 and further studied dance at their college from the age of 16. From there she worked with a variety of industry professionals- training in a variety of styles including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, commercial, vogue and heels. 

Since this training whilst studying at university, she has been a dancer teacher for her local dance school where she taught a variety of styles. Whilst teaching, she has created showpieces and dances for competitions including UDO and ICONIC.

Leoni Barker

Leoni Barker

Dance & Musical Theatre Coach

Leoni has been a professional performer for over 5 years. Starting her dance training from the age of 3, she went on to performing with West End Kids and has never quit her passion. 

A recent graduate with a first class Honours degree in Theatre and Performance, from the Cass School of Arts in London, where she remained Dance captain for two National Competition teams Street and Contemporary. Bringing home the trophies at every single competition, an award for outstanding Sports Person 2019 at the Cass highlights the effort that was second to none. 

Some of Leonis professional credits include: Children’s Actor (Principal role of Squirrel Nutkin) Eskimo Joe’s Christmas event, Principal Dancer at Alton towers Scarefest, Principal Dancer Kiss me Quickstep at the New Vic Theatre.

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