D.D.A Has Something For Everyone!


Established in 2015, D.D.A 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 D.D.A learn to project confidence both vocally and physically, therefore aiding in future social interactions. Training at D.D.A 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.  


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


Hannah trained at Birmingham School of Acting, graduating in 2006 with a BA (Hons) in Acting, (Musical Theatre Pathway). She also holds ABRSM Music Theory qualifications and LAM (Gold Medal) LAMDA.
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 ten 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 who Hannah has written three plays for - 'Cleansed', 'Captive Minds' & 'Behind the Wallpaper'. Rummage have enjoyed popular runs at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and locally. 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 only in Drama and so she created D.D.A to provide specialist acting training for under 18's - Hannah's students have been cast in music videos, short films, pantomimes, plays and more!

Victoria Eldon

LAMDA/Drama Coach

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.

Hattie Gotobed

Drama Assistant

Hattie is currently taking Drama A-level with hopes of studying a similar course at university along with her already gained decade of screen experience. 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.  

Rhea Soulsby-Phillips Purbeck Branch Manager &

Drama Teacher

Rhea has always had a passion for performing arts and took dance classes in Ballet, Tap, Modern and National from a young age. She was a member of Wow Youth Musical Theatre for 8 years and during her time there gained an extensive amount of experience in stage performance. Rhea received a triple distinction in her Performing Arts BTEC National Diploma and went on to gain her Foundation Degree in Performance Practice. She has completed her Gold LAMDA acting examination and is a qualified lecturer after completing her Diploma to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector. Rhea is currently a Performing Arts lecturer at Weymouth College, Razzamataz Theatre School and Stagecoach Theatre School. In 2012, Rhea co-founded Rummage Theatre with Hannah, her sister and principal of DDA. They devised three original plays - 'Cleansed', 'Captive Minds' and 'Behind the Wallpaper' and enjoyed popular runs at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and locally. Rhea is excited to be joining the DDA team as Branch manager of the new Swanage School.

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