Meet The Team

Meet The Team

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Nicola Carter

Nicola Carter, Master of Arts (First), RADA and Kings College London

Principal & Artistic Director of CAMDA

Nicola achieved a First Class Masters Degree in Text and Performance (Drama) from RADA and Kings College London in 2001.  Spurred on by the exceptional acting tuition and education that she gained from RADA, Nicola founded CAMDA in 2015. Cheltenham Academy is the culmination of decades of professional work, having been inspired by her excellent MA Degree and tutors, alongside Nicola's knowledge gained from a PhD Scholarship to UCLA's theatre, television and film department in Los Angeles (2003-2005). Nicola vowed to bring this world class teaching to a wider audience, all ages, within one central place.  


After gaining an Acting Diploma from Mountview (1992), Nicola worked as a professional actor and producer on over 100 productions.  Since 1998, Nicola was honoured to be a Stand-in for Dame Maggie Smith on David Copperfield, Dame Joan Collins on The Clandestine Marriage and more - a further 15 feature films.  These include Love Actually, The Gathering, A Long Way Down, Far From the Madding Crowd, Eastern Promises, Sixty Six, Bel Ami, Brighton Rock and Vanity Fair. Furthermore, Nicola has enjoyed working on long term contracts for award-winning television shows; Industry, Casualty and HBO's Succession.


From 1998 to 2003, Nicola was Artistic Director, Producer and Co-Founder of the acclaimed Voice Theatre Company, after being a member of The Everyman Youth Theatre. Main productions and tours (UK and Europe) include Amadeus, Hamlet, Much Ado about Nothing, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Radix Malorum, The Love of the Nightingale, The Diary of Anne Frank, Blood Wedding, Poppy, Animal Farm, The Bisley Boy, Finny and the Morrigan, Framed (National Theatre), The Mystery Plays and 1984.

As well as being Head of English and Theatre at Gloucestershire College Sixth Form, Nicola taught Performing Arts (Higher National Diplomas/HND)  at Filton, Gloscat and Richmond Colleges.  She has also led dozens of Shakespeare workshops in schools across the county and is an experienced examiner - for GCSE and A'Level's - in Psychology, English and Drama; rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted.


Nicola and her team are delighted to share their extensive knowledge, skills and experience of Performance with you, via CAMDA. 


Kitty Bliss

Kitty Bliss BA (Hons) 

Creative Director of CAMDA


Kitty has been running and organising creative workshops, events, parties and face painting with children and adults of all ages nationally since 2010. She has experience in delivering art & craft masterclasses, printmaking, animation and life drawing classes.


In 2016 Kitty achieved a First Class degree in Illustration at the University of Gloucestershire, in their highly acclaimed art department.


As a member of an authentic medieval band for ten years, Kitty performed regularly in Italy, France and England. She is one of Sharky & George’s top suppliers countrywide, regularly delivering to their prestigious client base. 

Kitty also teaches children's fine art courses locally at the at the Cheltenham School of Fine Art.


She brings a high level of authenticity to the CAMDA Immersive Workshops for Children through costume, characters, animals and practical, themed, inspiring art and craft experiences. 


She lives with a cool song writing teenager and a veritable menagerie, who often join the fun at CAMDA! Kitty adores drawing, printmaking and writing poetry & short stories in her spare time.

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Ellis Jones

Ellis Jones & Teach Yourself Acting

Acting Specialist CAMDA


For many years a senior director at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, one of the world’s most celebrated acting schools, Ellis has supervised the training of many of today’s most exciting actors. He was RADA’s Head of Acting from 1993 to 2003, the Academy’s Vice-Principal from 1998 to 2003, and more recently has been Creative Director of RADA’s Enterprise Company, producing educational and corporate projects in the UK and abroad. Ellis is the author of “Teach Yourself Acting” (Hodder Headline 1998).

Prior to being asked to join RADA, Ellis had a significant career as an actor, starring in a number of situation comedies on the UK ITV channel (“Pardon my Genie”, “The Squirrels”) and  in television Shakespeare productions (The Fool in “King Lear” and Elbow in “Measure for Measure”). He has acted and directed in theatres throughout Britain, was awarded an Arts Council Associate directorship, and for three years was Artistic Director of the theatre at Keswick, Cumbria.

When not directing actors or coaching TYA clients in London and online, Ellis leads acting technique workshops for CAMDA and is a Lecturer in London Theatre for “studies abroad” programmes, New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

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