Our teaching team is made up of professionally trained and highly experienced teachers who have years of performing experience with a whole spectrum of knowledge to share with all aspiring musicians and performers.
We feel it’s important to have teachers who are still performers as they know exactly what it’s like to work in both the music and performing arts industries as they are today. We are all bubbly, friendly, and equally enthusiastic to teach as much as we are to perform!
All teachers and assistants are fully DBS checked with all appropriate paperwork. We have very strict child protection and safeguarding procedures in place. Please contact if you require further information.
Meet The Team!
Louise Orfila – Creator and Director
Singing Teacher/Vocal Coach
Louise is a professional, trained vocal and performance coach and singer-songwriter. She is currently performing with her band ORFILA, a country/pop sibling trio including her brother, Matt, and sister, Abi: www.orfila-music.com
Louise has been performing since the age of 4. She attended numerous dance, drama and music lessons, achieving several grades and qualifications, and took part in countless amounts of musicals and music showcases both at school and community events. At the age of 13, Louise wrote her first song which features on the Royal British Legion’s National Remembrance Day CD. This lead to Louise performing with both the Royal British Legion and the Royal Marine Band Service. From there, Louise wrote and released her first studio album, Piece Of The Puzzle, followed by the release of her second solo album, That Girl. Both albums sold worldwide online on iTunes, Amazon and Tesco Online music stores. Louise has performed alongside artists such as Alexandra Burke, The Wanted, Rita Ora, Roger Hodgson, James Arthur, John Newman, Newton Faulkner, The Script and many more.
Setting up a music and performing arts academy has always been something that Louise has wanted to do. LCA is designed to train aspiring performers at a high level to help them to reach their full potential. With Louise’s high quality training, years of experience and an enthusiasm for teaching, she aims to encourage performers to gain confidence in a creative space with plenty of performance aims and opportunities.
“It’s vital to enjoy your music and performing arts training in a professional, creative and encouraging environment, which is exactly what we offer here at LCA!”
Danny Scott – Drama Teacher/School Leader (LCA Ashford/LCA Folkestone)
Danny has been acting since a young age. Starting off with local organisations and school shows, Danny has built up quite a CV with the aim of pursing a career in acting. Danny regularly works with the BBC and has also been featured in films with both Ruby Films and Viola Films. His most recent achievement was when he performed in a production called ‘Edelweiss Pirates’ which was selected to be performed on the Olivier Stage at The National Theatre in London. Danny has a passion for teaching and encouraging young people to pursue their dreams. Danny knows just what it takes to work within the industry and his teaching style really reflects this.
“Since learning a lot about the industry, I feel I can pass on some important techniques, vital for any performer, that I have picked up over the years from professionals I have worked alongside.”
Abbie Shepherd- Dance Teacher (LCA Ashford)
Abbie is a Performing Arts teacher in a secondary school in Maidstone, however teaching dance has always been her passion. With a degree in dance education, Abbie has both choreographed and performed in pieces for various dance companies. Abbie has recently performed with Canterbury dance company, The Marlowe Theatre dance company and the Royal New Zealand Ballet and also assisted with choreographing for various youth projects in Kent. Her studies at university has meant that she has trained in various styles of dance including; Contemporary, Lyrical, Street, African, South Asian and Musical Theatre, all of which she is enthusiastic to teach others.
Abbie loves teaching dance and help students realise that they can dance! Abbie wants to make sure that while learning to dance, your children will also enjoy their time and learn valuable transferable skills that they can take on with them in their future.
Ryan Parsons – Drama Teacher (LCA Oxted)
Matt recently graduated from Arts Educational Schools London with a BA in Acting and is now actively working in the industry. He aims to provide LCA’s students with the same level of training he had in stage and screen from top working professionals at drama school. During and since his time at Arts Ed he has worked in the theatre and on film sets with writers and directors such as Rikki Beadle Blair and Anna Jordan. He is a fervent believer in the importance of teaching the arts to younger people and has a Level 4 Diploma in Teaching Associate of Trinity College London ATCL Theatre Arts with Distinction. He loves what he does and aims to share that passion with his students and help them to improve as performers and grow as people.
“The time I spent at stage school as a teenager developed my passion for acting, lead me to attending a top drama school and now working in the profession I love. I know how important these classes are to LCA’s students and I will provide the with the best training possible so they can achieve what I have and more”
Max Clark – Dance Teacher (LCA Oxted/LCA Caterham)
Max has been performing since the age of 5, attending many dance and musical theatre classes. He has recently completed 4 years studying dance at The BRIT School. During his time here, he has had the opportunity to perform at many prestigious venues and events. Most recently at the Royal Albert Hall, Indigo at the o2 and the dance convention ‘Move It’.
Max is now studying a degree in Musical Theatre (Dance) at Performers College in Essex. He has been able to learn many different dance styles such as Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap and Street. He is excited to pass on the techniques he’s learnt to the students at LCA and watch them improve as dancers!
“Without classes like LCA, I wouldn’t have been able to go on and study musical theatre. I’m excited to use my passion and knowledge of dance to inspire the students to become great performers.”
Fern Simmons – Singing Teacher (LCA Caterham)
Fern recently graduated from Oxted School with A Levels in Music and Theatre Studies and is spending a gap year auditioning for drama schools around the country. She has been performing since a young age and has gained experience at numerous performing arts schools and in private lessons where she gained distinctions in LAMDA Gold Medal Acting and Rockschool Grade 8 Vocal Performance. On top of this experience, Fern has spent the last ten years as an active member of The Barn Theatre, Oxted, where she participated in over fourteen shows and workshops that gave her the opportunity to understand and develop her abilities as a performer. Fern is keen to pass on the lessons she has learnt to younger people who are in the exact position she was – eager to find their voice.
‘Since I was a little girl I haven’t stopped singing and performing. My passion for the creative arts has only grown over the years and I hope to give the students at LCA the same fun, encouraging and insightful training that secured my love for the industry.’