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Meet our staff

Rachel Young


Rachel has numerous teaching / performing qualifications: 

Pre-Primary – Level 3 Ballet from American Ballet Theatre

Tap, Modern/Jazz, Theatre Craft, Ballet Associate / Licentuate   Qualifications with BATD and IDTA.

Membership Highland with BATD

Fellowship Ballet with BATD

Musical Theatre Associate Performing Diploma from Trinity College London.

Musical Theatre Teaching Licentuate Diploma from Trinity College London.

Anatomy and Physiology Diploma from IDTA.

Level 1 & 2 Pre-school Gymnstics Coaching with Scottish / British Gymnastics

Level 2 and working towards Level 3 Acrobatic Gymnastics with Scottish / British Gymnastics 

In 2005 at the same time as graduating from Aberdeen University with an Honours degree in Law, Rachel set up Aberdeen Academy of Performing Arts and is the Principal and Owner/Director of Mac the Monkey Ltd.   Over the years Rachel has helped set up and Judge competition Gymnastique Magique in Disney Land Paris, Created the local competition Dance Compete Achieve and Terpsichore of the North Ballet competition which attracts an International Judging Panel and competitors from across the UK.  

Most recently Rachel has undertaken the Level 4/5 Ballet teaching training with ABT and achieved level 1 & 2 in safe stretching from Alixa Flexibility. 



Sali has a first class BA (hons) in drama from the University of Sunderland where she studied performing, acting for tv, Shakespeare, directing and devising. She has a HND in Performing Arts from Liverpool Community College where she studied amongst others physical theatre, acting, and voice production.

o has an HND in musical theatre. While studying for her HND Sali also gained her Trinity College of London ATCL in musical theatre and her grade 8 in musical theatre with London College of Music. Sali also has an Licentuate Musical Theatre Teaching qualification gaining a Distinction. 

After her graduation from The University of Sunderland Sali spent 7 years as a performing actress in children’s theatre and pantomimes as well as part of an entertainment team for Thomson Holidays.

Sali is a member of Scottish Gymnastics and qualified Acrobatic Gymnastics teacher through Acrobatic Arts.  Sali has a Level 1 & 2 Acrobatic Coaching qualification from Scottish / British Gymanstics.  Sali also has an anatomy and physiology diploma with IDTA and has an Injury and Prevention Certificate from AcroTrix. 

Over the last year Sali has gained her Level 1 & 2 modules from Alixa Flexibility meaning she has great knowledge in the correct and safe ways to stretch dancers and gymnasts. 


Agency Director – AAPA CAsting & Talent Management

Jennifer is an American born professional director, actor and singer originally from Dallas, Texas, USA.

Having had extensive experience teaching acting and performing professionally in the UK, Europe, and USA, it was a natural transition into Artist Management for Jennifer. Her extensive knowledge in front of casting agents and behind the scenes in production, is knowledge that has become very useful when representing emerging talent.


Jennifer has a BA Hons (Bachelors of Fine Arts) in Theatre with and emphasis in acting and directing from Sam Houston State University in Texas, United States. She has also trained at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) in London concentrating on Contemporary Drama.

Jennifer has performed professionally in the United States and throughout the UK. She has worked in television, film, theatre, print and corporate film. 


She has a GTC Scotland Full Registration teaching certification and a TEA Teacher certification. As well as teaching Theatre and Acting to College aged students, Jennifer has also taught Drama to Primary and Secondary Students in public and private schools, both in the United Kingdom and the United States for over 10 years.

Susan Williamson 

Assistant Acrobatic Gymnastics 


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Alisdair Sneden

Singing / Musical Theatre 

After studying Music Education at Aberdeen University, Alisdair joined us as afull time music tutor in 2019. Originally from Falkirk, Alisdair’s career has had a massive wing span of opportunities and he’s very glad to be bringing these experiences to AAPA.

Alisdair studied voice under the guidance of John Dallas (Falkirk) and Kate Hughes (Aberdeen). Alisdair’s main specialty in singing is Musical Theatre where he has gained a Diploma from London College of Music and gained an Associate of Trinity College London. Alisdair has performed in many amateur productions in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire as well as performing with some big names in the industry. Alisdair’s singing career started when he sang in NYCOS from the age of 8, and has grown from strength to strength vocally performing backing vocals for west end and film stars such as ‘Adam Garcia’.

Alisdair is also undertaken many courses to help train the voice and is currently studying and undertaking courses in Estill technique and heavily uses these methods in his lessons and hopes to provides further useful techniques to students as time goes on.

Although Alisdair specialises in Musical Theatre, he has a varied range and also is trained in many other styles and instruments. He also enjoys teaching Classical, Pop and Jazz styles to singers and likes to consider himself to be appreciative of all styles of music.

Alisdair has had many opportunities to hone his skills and enhance them, he recently left the position of Musical Director for Giz Giz Youth Theatre after 5 years in the role, he has also been  fortunate enough to have been the official accompanist for NYCOS Aberdeen branch (2014-2019), Choral Director for ‘Spectrum Singers’ (Kemnay 2016-2020), Co-Director for Chalmers Mackay Youth theatre productions and was Musical director for ‘Ten Feet Tall’s’ Pantomime ‘Jack and The Beanstalk’ in the Arts Centre (2018).

Mark Cameron

Boys dance / musical theatre

Mark Cameron was born and raised in the North East of Scotland, where his passion for performing and dance began. Started his training at the Edinburgh’s Telford College, Mark then continued on to London Studio Centre to finish his dance training.He has performed all over the world from Paris, Tokyo, Florida, Australia, Europe and the UK. He recently has been working with “Follow Your Dreams” dance competitions as a judge for there UK tour dates and is excited to be attending nationals in London. He has been seen on HMT stage as part of QDOS Pantomimes as one of the dancers and cover Captain Hook and has been part of the Qdos family for over 4 years now. He was able to play the role of Prince Charming a few years ago in Cinderella . He has recently worked on projects for Beyond Broadway production, Make a wish, RGU University, Befriend A child and many other corporate and professional events. Mark has taught jazz, Musical theatre, commercial for both youths and adults at many studios and professional facilities like, The MGA Academy stage Acadamies, Fierce Theatre School, Creative Stage, Centre Stage Of preforming arts, the Aberdeen College of Performance Arts, Scot rail and a few theatre groups around Scotland. He also runs his own classes for youths all over Scotland and has a vast experience in teaching both adult and kids.He started his professional career working for Disneyland Paris in the world premier of Animagique. He also was a dancer/aerialist in Tarzan, Encore and The Lion King in Tokyo Disney and Florida. Mark has danced around the world with cruise lines such as Celebrity Cruises, Transocean Tours, Princess Cruises and P&O Australia as a dancer/dancer singer and dance captain. He worked with Cirque de Soleil in Las Vegas, Michael Curry in Paris, William Forsyth in Australia and was Dance Captain on the “Best of the Musicals” Germany Tour.Mark has choreographed for many Scottish and UK companies. 5 years ago he set up his own corporate entertainment company called “Mark Cameron Dance” and has choreographed and produced many events. His company also provides first dance and hen party events. He has worked as a dance tutor/choreographer for Scottish Youth Theatre in Aberdeen and Glasgow and also Stagecoach UK. He has choreographed many corporate events in the UK and Europe such as mary queen of Scots, Hamlet, Chevron Oil, Barclays Bank, Bacardi, trend magazine, BG group, Hannah Mileys Farewell and many more. He has recently choreographed for beyond broadway productions “The wizard of Oz” and “Broadway bound”.

Katheryn Officer 

Dance / Musical Theatre 


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