D.D.A Has Something For Everyone!


Established in 2015, DDA is an independent school that guarantees small classes. D.D.A recognises that EVERY student is an individual with a different set of needs and we pride ourselves on providing carefully tailored training for every young person.

Dorset Drama Academy aims to create a safe, fun and professional environment for children under 18 years to train in Acting. We believe that drama aids childhood development by building confidence, inspiring creativity, opening up the imagination and bridging social gaps. Children at DDA learn to project confidence both vocally and physically, therefore aiding in future social interactions. Training at DDA is flexible, offering beginners and younger students the chance to learn the basics of acting through games in a relaxed environment, while more advanced and senior students have the opportunity to delve deeper into their stagecraft with vocal classes, masterclasses, exams and performances. All our students have opportunities through the year to perform in stage and film productions.


Our students have been cast in short films, music videos, and theatre productions and have had great success in Speech & Drama competitions and LAMDA exams.


Hannah Soulsby-Phillips

Principal BA (hons), MSTSD, VHFA, LAM LAMDA

Hannah trained at Birmingham School of Acting, graduating in 2006 with a BA (Hons) in Acting, (Musical Theatre Pathway). She holds ABRSM Music Theory qualifications, LAM (Gold Medal) LAMDA & will complete her MA Theatre with Guildford School of Acting in 2022.
Her professional performing credits include: Technofear at the Hazlitt Theatre, Kent, Hansel and Gretel (Welsh tour), Mrs. Jessop (National UK tour), King Billy Learns Respect (musical), The Engine/Vita Nova (rehearsed readings), and 'Under Milk Wood' with Conspiracy Theatre Company.

After working around the country as a performer Hannah decided she wanted to teach. For over 13 years, Hannah has been working with schools and children’s theatre companies across Dorset as a singing and drama coach. In 2012 she co-founded Rummage Theatre, a professional Theatre Company for whom Hannah has written three plays - 'Cleansed', 'Captive Minds' & 'Behind the Wallpaper'. Rummage enjoyed popular runs at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She is currently Co-Artistic Director of Frenetic Fox Theatre Company.

Hannah recognised that there was little choice for a budding actor who wished to train in Acting and Film, so she created DDA to provide specialist acting training for under 18's.

Hannah's students have been cast in professional music videos, short films, pantomimes, plays and more!

Victoria Eldon
LAMDA/Drama Coach BA (Hons)

Victoria is a professional actress from Bournemouth. Her theatre training began in Stratford Upon Avon where she spent a year on an intensive course in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company and then went on to complete her BA (Hons) in Acting at the Arts University Bournemouth graduating in 2011.
Since then Victoria has worked extensively in both film and theatre and has appeared in several feature films including "Stalled" and "Territory" as well as numerous TV adverts and many short films.
As a keen teacher and workshop leader for children of all ages Victoria has taught for various drama schools across Dorset and Hampshire and has taught LAMDA for over 5 years with a 100% pass rate for her students.

DDA are proud to have one of the best LAMDA results rates in Dorset, with 100% of their students achieving Merits and Distinctions.


Melissa Gotobed

Film Class Teacher BA (Hons)

Show Photographer

Melissa has a first class BA (Hons) Television Production degree at Bournemouth University.

Her professional production credits include being the 2nd Unit Director/Assistant Editor/Production Assistant for Dan Fam Productions and DAL Productions on their TV Pilot Jenna The Great and other recent projects, assisting on several film sets, and running MG Showreels in association with Hashtag Talent.

Melissa has a passion for film and TV and loves helping others to develop their production skills to create their own productions from concept to filming.


Hattie Gotobed

Trainee Drama Teacher

Hattie has been named one of Britain's female rising stars by IMDB and Screen Terrier for 2016. Her professional performing credits include: Ghita in Game of thrones season 5, Lily alongside Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman, Jade in Michael Pearce's Beast and she even doubled as Brad Pitt's daughter in WWZ. Aside from these top feature films Hattie has been awarded Best Actress for her role in Daisy at the Marbella International Film Festival October 2016 and has recently filmed a co-lead role of Lucia in The Visitor and was a presenter in Minnie’s Fashion Challenge; along with other credits she continues to audition for future characters.

Hattie loves inspiring other children to gain confidence and enjoy performing as well as the possibility to go further. She is currently completing her drama teaching diploma under the supervision of Principal Hannah.