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Nat Curtis, ESSA principal

Our principal, Nat Curtis (BA Hons), is an experienced musician and composer with twenty years of performing experience. Her passion for performance began as a teenager, when she began singing in local pubs and care homes. Today, she still performs regularly on the local music scene and has recently been featured on BBC introducing with her reggae band. She trained in music performance at the British Academy of New Music in London, before going on to obtain a first class degree in music education from the University of Essex, and is currently taking a Master's degree in film music. Nat is a passionate educator and believes that students thrive in a fun and relaxed learning environment. She enjoys watching students grow in confidence as they learn and develop new skills.

ESSA teaching team

Our dance teacher, Tiana Bailey, is professionally trained in Musical Theatre and over 5 years experience teaching dance. She considers herself an experimental performer and is familiar with a wide range of styles, including contemporary, commercial, and jazz. Tiana's advanced training began when she won a scholarship to Evolution Foundation College, Colchester in 2017. Here, her love for music grew, helping her to become the enthusiastic teacher she is today.

Tiana loves to have fun in class, help children to build their confidence, and express themselves through dance!

Liz Weighill, ESSA Drama Teacher

Our drama teacher, Liz Weighill is a skilled actor and theatre technician with over thirteen years of performing arts experience. Before settling into her backstage roles as a lighting and sound engineer, she has performed regularly at local venues, such as The Regent, The New Wolsey Theatre and The Corn Exchange, as well as The Playhouse Theatre in London, and enjoys sharing this combination of on-stage and back-stage knowledge with students. Also a talented musician, Liz holds an Extended Diploma in Music Production and can often be found around the Ipswich music scene as a sound and lighting engineer, and occasionally busking at local pubs. She runs improvisation and creative writing workshops for young people, and enjoys being able to encourage their imagination, confidence, and dramatic skills.

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