The Theatre Academy Team

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Susy Puckett

The Theatre Academy Manager

Susy is a seasoned teacher leading our performing arts programme of classes, workshops and performances. She has starred in national and international theatre tours including Victoria Wood’s Dinner Ladies, Shakespeare 4 Kids, Theatre Exchange and the British Shakespeare Company, as well as touring to Greece with Matrix Theatre. Susy’s TV credits include ad campaigns for IBM, the Rugby World Cup and British Airways and she has appeared on Channel 4’s Top Boy and the Help Yourselves sitcom. Susy also choreographs music videos for urban music star Jahna Sebastian, her local pantomime, and is a Creative Director on the board at Prospero Theatre Company. She joined us in May 2018, and we love having her as part of the team!

Email me: tta@the-theatre.org

Emily Palmer

TTA Teacher

Since she was young, Emily has always had a love for theatre. Performing in pantomimes, school shows and Stagecoach productions all lead to her to being accepted into the prestigious Guildford School of Acting. In her four years there she studied a Foundation in Musical Theatre and received a first class honours (and award for highest grade) in Actor Musicianship. She plays the Flute to grade eight standard and has recently picked up the piccolo. Emily is currently auditioning for shows and one day wishes to perform in regional theatres, national tours and one day the West End! (fingers crossed)

Neil Sweeney

TTA Squad instructor

I started with competitive gymnastics and later trained in breakdance and martial arts – I later went on to work internationally for 17 years as a circus artist performing acrobatics and learning new skills such as fire performing, trampoline wall and shape manipulation

Paige Potterton

TTA Teacher

Paige Studied at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford completing a BA (Hons) Music Industry practice degree specialised in vocals. For the last 2 years Paige has been working professionally in a variety of industry settings. Paige has worked with The Voice house Band (Ben Epstein, Ben Jones, Jake Edward-Woods) and David Tench. Paige has a great understanding of he secondary instrument (Piano) and she uses her instrument to focus on her original material. Paige also has experience recording in studios working for he local peers on original music and has worked with Jack Daniels (Emeli Sande, Ed Sheeran, Rhianna)

Romy Clarkson

TTA Teacher

Romy Clarkson studied Musical Theatre at The Brit School from 2019 to 2023 and has just won a place at Bristol School of Acting on their highly sought after Acting for Screen BA course. A Dandelion Theatre Arts alumnus, Romy has spent years at The Leatherhead Theatre, taking classes in acting, ballet, tap and street dance and performing regularly with the school and with our fantastic D-Lionz squad. Romy has appeared professionally in pantomime and was cast as Phyllis in a musical version of The Railway Children directed by West End director Michael Strassen. She recently performed as Wendla Bergmann, the female lead in Spring Awakening as part of The Brit School Musical Theatre 2023 Season. Through teaching and assisting in classes and holiday workshops, Romy hopes to inspire young students, help them grown in self-confidence and pass on the joy of performing.

Rhiannon Thomas

TTA Teacher

Rhiannon Thomas has been dancing since she was very little and she has performed in theatres all over the south, and is trained in teaching all dance styles including ballet, tap, modern, contemporary, jazz, street and freestyle.

Rhiannon joined us as a dance and drama teacher in 2022 and we love her passion for original choreography! Rhiannon completed her dance A-levels with the highest score and she is completing further qualifications in teaching ISTD tap, modern and commercial dance

Esher Hook


Having assisted at Dandelion Theatre Arts whilst she was at college, Esher is thrilled to be returning as a dance and drama teacher after graduating from her dance degree at the University of Chichester in 2019. Esher has worked as an Associate Choreographer for the contemporary dance company 3Fall Youth based at Shoreham Academy; one of her pieces of choreography was selected to tour around the south of England with them during spring 2019, which was then showcased at the dance platform ‘Up Next’ at The Point Theatre, Eastleigh. Esher enjoys the fact that teaching allows her to combine her love for creating, whether that is a dance work or drama scene, with helping others progress and see their confidence and technique grow.

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