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Jo Anne Newson BA (Hons), LAMDA P Cert Lam

Founder and Principal

Jo is a professional actor and singer who has appeared in theatre, television, film and commercials. She is a qualified Speech, Drama and LAMDA teacher and has taught in both state and private schools as well as teaching private pupils across Surrey and Berkshire.

Jo started Newson Academy in 2007 and since then has built up a thriving speech and drama school. Jo welcomes all pupils to the academy and is committed to providing an environment where all students can reach their potential.

Jo is CRB checked and a registered chaperone.

Viki​ Showell BA (Hons), ADPA

Administration - LAMDA, Festivals, website and  media

Viki is a professional Singer and qualified Singing and Musical Theatre teacher and has taught in Stage Schools across Yorkshire and the North East.

Now relocated to the West Midlands and with a young family, she has hung up her performing and teaching hats but remains involved with the Academy in a Consultant capacity, alongside managing the Administration side of things.

Viki and Jo met in 2007 whilst studying for the ADPA together.

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