Stuart Piper - Guest Teacher
Stuart (Stu) is a Drama Teacher, Director, Screen Acting and Talent Coach, while currently training to teach more subjects. He was previously an Agent, Producer and Actor earlier in life.

In his varied career, he began as a child and then adult actor in the West End, on national tour, on television and film. He then moved into theatre production, producing and general managing West End shows and events, before becoming an Agent, representing actors and creatives for 15 years in theatre, musical theatre, television, film and radio.

His acting credits included on screen Absolutely Fabulous, the BAFTA & Emmy Award winning The Politician’s Wife and Tom’s Midnight Garden for MGM while his theatre credits included Annie Get Your Gun, Bugsy Malone, Scrooge and Snoopy The Musical in the West End. His stage producing credits included co-founding The Whatsonstage Awards shows, Death of a Salesman starring Brian Dennehy and Nicholas Hoult in New Boy and his Exec Producing credits on film includes The Time Of Their Lives starring Pauline Collins (Amazon) and Mrs Lowry & Son starring Timothy Spall (Netflix).

In his time as an agent, Stuart helped many artists find life changing opportunities in musical theatre (from representing Aimie Atkinson in SiX, Alice Fearn as Elphaba in Wicked, Amy Lennox in Kinky Boots, Janie Dee in Follies, Tyrone Huntley in Jesus Christ Superstar, Christine Allado in Hamilton) and on screen (Amy Nuttall in Downton Abbey, Victoria Yeates in Call The Midwife, Samantha Womack in Kingsman: Secret Service) as well as leading the talent management teams for Syco with ROAR on Britain’s Got Talent for 8 years and The X Factor for 3 years. He loves taking this experience and applying it to his teaching and talent coaching, and helping mentor those students who wish to persue a performing career professionally, either now or in the future, while using his skills to, in others, build confidence and creativity.

Stuart moved to York in 2021 to live closer to his son Charlie, and to enrol at York St John University to undertake formal teacher training.

For YRAD, Stu is the lead director of our Summer Schools. He also helped to connect us with Bijou Talent (Agency), with whom he runs online screen acting classes.

Stu even returned to the stage himself starring in leading roles with local Amateur Dramatic Companies. In 2022 he recorded a podcast pilot Transforming with "The Iceman" Wim Hof and super influencer Neil Henry, and he can be heard singing Heaven on their Minds from Jesus Christ Superstar with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Stuart is certified in First Aid and Safeguarding Children, and holds a valid DBS check.

The Team

Yorkshire Rose Academy of Dance was established by Principal Miss Kerry Whitfield in 2013. After a successful first year, new classes were opened in various genres and as a result additional teachers have joined the team.

We believe that it's our teachers alongside our lovely students who make our school, and at YRAD we really do pride ourselves in having the best!

Our teachers have trained and worked within both the professional dance environment and within education, and they all hold dance teacher qualifications with various examining bodies. As a result, we can offer well planned, disciplined, fun and inspirational training to a very high standard. Not only that but with many contacts, Yorkshire Rose Academy of Dance also hold workshops with professional guest teachers.