Our Team



Sparkles Academy of Performing Arts (SAPA) consists of a team of fun loving, competent, committed and experienced Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Apprentices and Committee members who are passionate about Performing Arts and assisting Children in their Aesthetic Development.


"Happy Theatre Teachers: Generally, a theatre instructor/director doesn't just fall in to the position, they chase it and catch it with a celebratory cheer and a sigh. For any teacher and or actor, it is a privilege to teach children's theatre. It is a safe assumption that your child is being coached and directed by teachers who are thrilled to be doing what they are doing. Theatre can be a cozy place for many children with teachers who care and show enthusiasm for each child's unique special talents." (Statement credit to Angela Capps - Theatre Teacher and Director)


Stephanie D'Aubney (Steffi)



Classes: Producer, Writer, Director, Musical Director, Musical Theatre, Arts Award Tutor, Stage, Dance Workshop, Minis Tap and Ballet, Drama Coach, Vocal Coach, Private Tuition, Holiday Workshops, Parties



NNEB Childcare Distinction (Equivilent to HNC)

SEND Diploma Levels 2,3,4

Introduction to Child Psychology

Level 3 Diploma in Child Psychology 

Children's Party Planner Diploma

Paedeatric First Aid

First Aid in the Workplace

Enhanced DBS

Designated Safeguarding Lead


Steffi is the Founder and Principal at SAPA which was established in 2016.


Her credits include:

Stan (Shoemaker) in The Elves and the Shoemaker

Bill (Tailor) in The Emperor's New Clothes

Wicked Step Mother in Cinderella

Principal role in Aladdin

Buttons in Cinderella (twice)

Numerous song and dance productions

                                 Writer/Producer/Director Aladdin                                   

Writer/Producer/Director Cinderella 

                                                      Writer/Producer/Director Snow White - The Untold Story                                                        Writer/Producer/Director The Wizard of Oz 


Steffi is a single mother of two children; Angel (20) and Benji (14) and is passionate about teaching children. Steffi has always posessed a natural talent for singing and acting, but at a young age, did not feel confident to pursue such a path. She says "I only wish I'd had the confidence when I was younger"


Steffi has over 35 years experience of working with children and young people from 0-18 years. 


Steffi began her career in Childcare as a Nanny before moving onto become a Nursery Nurse at the age of 19. At 22 she took on the position as Manager at a Pre-School in her home county of Kent. After 3 years, she decided to move to another, much larger Nursery, which she successfully managed for 2 years. She then moved on to another, larger still, Nursery, which she successfully managed for a further 2 years. During this time, Steffi worked with The Thomas Coram Foundation as a respite Foster Carer, specialising in working with SEN children. In 2001, Steffi made the decision to move to Southern Spain, where she found her "voice" as it were; and very soon became a member of CATS (Cartama Amateur Theatrical Society). During her time with CATS she became a regular on the Musical Theatre scene, both on and off stage. Steffi performed in Principal roles in several shows, Directed and Choreographed in several more and even wrote, produced and directed several scripts including; The Emperors New Clothes, The Elves and The Shoemaker and Cinderella. This was all until eventually, one co-director decided to leave and Steffi stepped in and took over their part. There was no going back for her at this point, especially as by now, she had already begun working the Southern Spain Circuit; singing professionally and then subsequently directed several more productions. 


Steffi was later employed at her daughter's previous Performing Arts Academy as a Teacher, where she taught Stage School, Street Dance, Glee Choir, PopStars Academy, Children's Parties, Holiday Clubs and also choreographed several school productions and from that point, she knew that she could never stop! She has now taught Performing Arts for several years and arrived at a juncture in her life whereby she wanted to share these experiences with both children and adults alike.


In short, Steffi is passionate about teaching and passionate about Performing Arts!


She says "It's never too late to realise and follow your dreams ... Just look at me and what I have achieved"


With this in mind ... Sparkles Academy of Performing Arts (SAPA) was born ...


Angelina D'Aubney (Angel)



Classes: Co-Director, LAMDA, Competition Crew, Dance Workshop, Tap and Ballet, Street Dance, Choreography Creative, Drama Coach, Vocal Coach, Private Tuition, Holiday Workshops, Parties

Safeguarding Children 

Paedeatric First Aid 

Enhanced DBS


GCSE: Performing Arts D*, Music D*


Studied Musical Theatre at Pendleton Sixth Form College and attained: D*D*D*


Angel is the daughter of the Founder/Principal of SAPA. 


Angel was SAPA's first Apprentice and at the age of 20 she already has a wealth of experience in Performing Arts! She also attendended Stagebox Manchester Elites (Musical Theatre Training Company) on a full scholarship and is looking forward to sharing her training with us. Angel studied at Pendleton - a performing arts college - where she graduated with a perfect grade. 


From a young age, Angel has had a passion for performing. She first began singing at the age of 3 and hasn't stopped since. She attended multiple performing arts academies over the years, each furthering her knowledge and passion. It wasn't until she got to highschool that she discovered her passion for dancing. Angel was determined to teach herself how to dance ... which she did, well enough that it got her a place in a leading training school, StageBox. Angel trained with them in their Development Team as she needed some nuturing in her dancing. Within a year and a half, Angel had moved up to the Elite team, was getting regular auditions and was given a full scholarship!


Angel then moved on to College where she studied Musical Theatre under industry professionals. Despite lockdown and learning such a practical subject via zoom, Angel graduated with flying colours with the top grade of D*D*D*. 


Angel is everything Performing Arts ... she can sing, dance and act ... she would like to use her experience and knowledge to assist other SAPA pupils.



Her credits include:

Goldilocks in Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Wicked Step Mother in Cinderella

Miss Hannigan in Annie

Fairy Godmother in Cinderella

Team Captain on CBBC's The Dog Ate My Homework 

Jill in Jack and the Beanstalk

Principle role in Annie

The Artful Dodger in Oliver

The Giant's Wife in Snow White the Untold Story

Several Song and Dance Productions in Sparkles 

Multiple Concerts as a Lead Vocalists

Dance Productions at College 


School Talent Show:

Year 7 - 1st Place

Year 8 - 3rd Place

Year 9 - 2nd Place

Year 10 - 1st Place

Year 11 - 2nd Place

The only pupil in the school to have won 1st place twice and place every year!!!




Olivia Edmonson



Assistant Classes: Saturday Stage and Minis Stage


Olivia began her journey at Sparkles in our Wednesday Dance Class, after seeing her friend perform in one of our shows. She then joined the Elites Performing Arts Class and her confidence and ability began to flourish. The Wednesday dance class was changed to AX, with more advanced training and Olivia pushed herself to the limits to become an incredible dancer/actress


Olivia is an asset to the academy in both roles as student and assistant and she is particularly popular with the Minis due to her unending energy in class.


Olivia will be attending Pendleton College in September studying Musical Theatre and it has been an honour to be a part of her success.


Her credits include: 

Several showcases both in Sparkles and in School

Miss Hannigan in Annie

Both Michael and Rudolfo in Matilda the Musical



Lily Strong



Assistant Classes: Tap and Ballet, Jnrs Dance, Saturday Dance


Lily has attend Sparkles since the begining. She started in Saturday Stage and Dance then moved to Elites as soon as she was old enough. Lily's energy and enthusiasm has allowed her to push herself to a very high standard, especially in AX. 


Lily is taking the opportunities in her role as assistant in the three dance classes to further her technique training and is keen to pass on what she has learnt to the pupils. She is very much an asset to the academy.


Lily will be attending Pendleton College in September studying Musical Theatre, we are very proud of her success.


Her credits include: 

Numerous showcases in both Sparkles and School

The Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz

Grace in Annie

The Acrobat in Matilda the Musical



Kai Ravenscroft



Assistant Class: AX


Kai is another of our original pupils, who stepped through our doors on day one and has worked his way through the past 7 years to his much deserved Teaching Assistant role. 


Kai has always shown a great ability in all aspects of Performing Arts but lacked the confidence to push himself; Kai is the perfect example of how the Arts can boost confidence and inspire young people to grow.


One of the most incredible moments of Kai's journey, was when he finally found the courage to stand in front of an audience and sing a solo; from that moment on, there was no stopping him. 


Kai has a wonderful attitude to teaching and he is amazing with the younger pupils.


His Credits Include:

Prince Charming in Cinderella

Axle in Snow White the Untold Story

Numerous Sparkles Song and Dance Productions

Mr Warbucks in Annie

The Escapologist in Matilda the Musical




Sarah Carbert



Apprentice Class: Juniors Stage


Sarah first attended Sparkles as a pupil in Juniors Stage several years ago, before moving into Seniors Stage and Dance. Her eagerness to learn is incomporable, which has led her to being moved into the Elites Performing Arts Class and next term she will be moving to AX (Elites Dance). 


Sarah has a natural talent when it comes to performing, which has been apparent in our many shows. She is dedicated and hard working and an absolute asset to the academy.


Her Credits Include:

Numerous Song and Dance productions both at Sparkles and in school

Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz

Miss Phelps in Matilda the Musical

Lily St Regis in Annie





David Lyon



David brings a wealth of knowledge to the academy in his role as advisor and committee member. He is always on hand to assist with classes, training of staff and maintenance.


David is Safeguarding / First Aid trained and has an enhanced DBS




Seeta Slater



Seeta chairs our parent committee and regularly covers classes. She is Safeguarding and First Aid trained and has an enhanced DBS. She is particularly fond of covering the Minis Stage Class and can often be found dancing and singing with them.


Seeta's daughter has been attending the academy for six and a half years now and they both live and breathe Sparkles.


Seeta is also a member of our Adult's Class (SAAS - Sparkles Adult Amdram Society) and recently played the wicked step-mother in our Charity production of Cinderella




Joanne Chapman



Jo is the secretary of the parent committee and regularly covers classes. She is Safeguarding and First Aid trained and has an enhanced DBS. Jo loves covering the tap and ballet class, any excuse to put on her taps and tutu.


Jo's children have attended classes since we first opened our doors and they are all very much a Sparkles family. Jo and her husband Paul are prop and set masters in our productions.


Jo is also a member of SAAS and recently played The Prince in our Charity production of Cinderella



Stuart O'Brien



Stuart's daughter attends our Juniors Dance and Juniors Stage Classes.




Kirsty O'Brien



Kirsty's daughter attends our Juniors Dance and Juniors Stage Classes.


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At Sparkles Academy of Performing Arts, we strive to provide fun and educational classes to all our pupils, irrespective of gender, race and ability. We understand that no two children are alike and as such, each module is designed to suit each child's individual personality and needs. Our quality tutoring covers Drama, Dance, Vocal and Private Tuition, along with Holiday Clubs, Parties and Competitions for children and young people aged 3-18 years.