Inspiring the young people of the Draper and neighbouring estates through filmmaking and the performing arts.

OUR TUTORS

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Say Hello to Our Tutors & Consultants.

Our professional tutors come to share their knowledge and experience
with different seminars every Saturday. 

Current Tutors & Consultants.

Past Tutors & Consultants.

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Luisa Pretolani.

Director DFMA / Filmmaking Tutor

Luisa is a writer, director, producer and the founder of the Draper Film Academy. Her career brought her to work both in New York and in London. Her film work – whether fiction or non-fiction – focuses on social or political issues and unique, intimate human stories.

Luisa has produced and directed programs for Discovery Channel, Al Jazeera International and ITV, such as: Italy’s Other Religion, Berlusconi’s Last Stand and People VS the Mafia and her acclaimed feature documentary (ITV) Mandy’s Choice, which, with great sensitivity, tells the story of Mandy Garvin, a young American widow who successfully stood up against the system to be allowed to harvest her deceased husband’s sperm in order to have his child

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Mysha Santini.

Motion Graphics Designer /
Animation Tutor

Mysha Santini is a London based Motion Graphics Designer. She specializes in graphics for TV, Film, and Web.

She has created a number of opening TV Title sequences for Alaraby TV (a sister channel of Aljazeera) including an opener for a social media show and a travel show. She also created a number of channel stings including a sting for International Women’s Day.

Mysha also illustrates for blogs and print and is currently working on her own comic book, Apathy & Cake.

OUR Consultants

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Jules Adamoli.

DFMA Associate Producer

Born in Surrey to a British Mother and an Italian Father, Jules was raised and schooled in Rome, Italy and grew up bilingual. As a child, during the 1960s, Jules did modeling work, and appeared on television. Following his secondary education, he tried his hand in a variety of occupations, some of which included serving in the military as a weapons specialist, carpentry, and worked for Rome City Council as residential social worker for young adults and teenagers suffering from autism.

In his mid-twenties, Jules graduated on a foundation course in Media Studies at the London College of Printing (aka London College of Communication) followed by an undergraduate degree on the highly selective (over 2000 applicants for 25 places) BA (Hons) Film and Video degree course. Following his studies, he embarked on a career as an Archive Producer on a large number of high profile, award winning music documentaries; he continues to work in this role in film and television production.

Jules is a founding member of the Draper Residents Association, the organisation that gave life to the Draper Together charity, he has held an executive position ever since, and has been involved in the Draper Film Academy, a precursor of the current Draper Film and Music Academy. He has a valid Enhanced DBS certificate (Nº 001481823150) for ‘Child and Adult Workforce Activities Organiser – Children A’. Holds a CIEH award in Emergency First Aid at Work.

PAST TUTORS

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Luca Uggias.

Composer / Music Tutor

Luca Uggias is an Italian born, London-based composer/pianist/songwriter. He graduated in Piano with full marks at the Conservatory “G. P. Da Palestrina” in Cagliari (Italy), and in Composition with full marks at the Conservatory “C. Pollini” in Padova (Italy).

He has written soundtracks for theatre and dance and his chamber, choral, orchestral and electronic musical pieces have been performed in various parts of the UK, Italy, Germany and China/Taiwan. He collaborated as a composer with the Berklee College of Music of Boston and his music has been published by the Italian musical publishing house “Feniarco”. After completing his philosophical studies in Padova, he lived and worked in China for three years, before moving to the UK, where he currently resides.

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Susan Hayes.

Choreographer / Dance Teacher

Susan Hayes began her dance training at the Irene Hayes School of Dance, now known as The Superarts Academy of Performing Arts, founded by her mother, Irene, in 1962.

Following a successful career as a dancer, having appeared in 4 Royal Command Performances, numerous TV shows/series and in the original cast of Evita, Susan focused her work as a choreographer/director working with groups in Europe, America, Australasia & the Far East, plus charity & corporate events in the UK and abroad.

Susan manages Superarts Academy, based in Southwark, and for over 35 years has worked extensively with children of all ages, as well as adults. She has devised bespoke kinaesthetic awareness programs for primary school children to raise self-awareness, body mindfulness, and encourage the development of each child’s creative potential.

Susan, also a psychotherapist/bodyworker, who graduated in 1997. She practises Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga, and floor barre, and facilitates creative workshops for children and adults.

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Emmi Kivinen.

— / Filmmaking Tutor

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Stuart Hull.

— / Photography Tutor

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Nathan Goodman.

Dancer / Dance Teacher

Hi there my name is Nathan Goodman I’m 29 years old, and I Train at London Contemporary Dance School between 2006-2009, and completed BA Hons Degrees. Since Graduating I dance for a Richard Alston Dance Company from 2009-2014. After leaving I became a free lance dancer and have worked with many choreographers since such as Hofesh schehter, Wayne McGregor, Arthur Pita, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Fevered Sleep, Chisato Miminimura, Avant Grade Dance, Anna Watkins and many more.