WELCOME TO DPTA
At DPTA we are passionate about teaching Theatre Arts and passing on our professional knowledge to young people who live and breathe Musical Theatre and Dance as much as we do.
In beautiful studios within Harrogate Grammar School, our unique classes are designed to challenge and nurture students into becoming intelligent, talented and accomplished performers.
All classes are designed to replicate those of London's most influential drama and theatre schools, with the same quality teaching, opportunities and challenges that excel students to succeed in achieving their individual dreams, in a safe, caring environment.
Taught by qualified DBS checked tutors with over 40 years of professional theatre experience, DPTA’s training is of an exceptionally high standard. We offer examinations in BBO, Lamda and RSL, with scheduled visits from influential guest teachers currently working professionally in TV, Film, Broadway and London’s West End.
With such a wide range of contacts still working in the Theatre Arts, DPTA is certainly the place to be. Working with current professionals in the business, such as Directors, Choreographers, Musical Directors, Dance Captains, Jessie J's choreographer, International Singer/Songwriters, TV Actors, Film Actors, Personal Trainers and dozen's upon dozen's of Musical Theatre Performers, with our own incredible Resident Tutors on top! (Just take a look at our Tutor list)
Why wouldn't you be signing up to DPTA?
We Are Ready. Are You?
DAMIEN POOLE - DPTA PRINCIPAl AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
A true Yorkshireman, Damien journeyed from West Yorkshire to London to pursue his career in Musical Theatre. He graduated from Arts Educational School of Musical Theatre in London with his degree in Dance and Musical Theatre and has enjoyed a ten-year career working in London’s West End.
His Theatre Credits Include; Vince Fontaine/Teen Angel in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre) Mad Hatter in Shrek the Musical (Original London Cast) Oompa Loompa in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Original World Cast) Kansa/Dance Captain in Gypsy (London Revivial Cast) Swing/Assistant Dance Captain in Groundhog Day (Original World Cast) West End Chorus in Chess in Concert (Founding Chorus Member)
Soundtracks Recorded; Chess in Concert, Josh Groban's No1 Album 'Anthem', Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Cast Album, Gypsy London Revival Cast Album.
Workshops Participated; ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘Groundhog Day’ and Disney’s ‘Frozen’
‘Damien Poole is unquestionably one of the most gifted people working in the West End. He is not only a triple threat performer but also incredibly smart and inventive. His manner and way with people is exemplary.
PETER DARLING - CHOREOGRAPHER
‘Damien Poole is an incredibly talented young man. I was delighted to observe Damien teach at ArtsEd. The feedback from the students was extremely positive. He’s incredibly inspirational.
DAVID GREENAL - HEAD OF YEAR ONE, ARTSED
'The content of his courses were of an exceptionally high standard. Damien had an incredible rapport with the students and his skills are of an exceptionally high standard.'
SHARA MEEK MYERS - CURRICULUM LEEDER AT LEEDS CITY COLLEGE
‘I saw Damien in action during the day of his teaching, his professionalism and enthusiasm captured the imagination of his students throughout. It was a joy for me to see him in action'
WAYNE BEVERLEY - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
For the last 10 years, DPTA's Principal, Damien Poole has been leading Theatre Classes, Workshops, Talks and Masterclasses across the UK and the Netherlands. Working in hundreds of schools, he has acquired the skills to inspire students and unshroud hidden talents amongst even the shyest of performers. After a 10 year span performing in London's West End alongside his teaching career, Damien developed his long anticipated dream of creating DPTA.
Damien continues to work closely with schools in the Netherlands, engaging with non-performing, non-English speaking children to develop their skills in the Theatre Arts. Often creating entire musicals with a content of Acting, Song and Dance skill development within only a week of workshopping.
DPTA is a new idea with new class design based on solid historically reputable training and concepts. All classes are design replicas of those led at London's top theatre training establishments.