Provoking excellence in performing arts & cultivating talent in our multi-cultural and diverse world!



International Performing Arts & Theatre was founded in 2009 and is made up of some of the world's leading creatives, experts and academics. 

Through coming together and sharing expertise, knowledge and skills - the board of directors together with the artistic groups have created some of the most relevant programmes of studies and qualifications in the world! I-PATH have schools in Europe, China, Australia and North America and the organisation continues to grow and develop on a daily basis. Take a look below at the calibre of professionals we have leading our organisation forward.



David Stinson FRSA

David is a professionally trained dancer and performer having graduated with a Trinity Diploma in Musical Theatre back in 2007. He has performed all over the world as both a singer and dancer and has also performed leading roles in London’s West End at theatres such as the Victoria Apollo and the Dominion Theatre.

David has also led a successful singing career. He released his debut album in 2007 and has since shared the stage as a solo artist with the likes of the Hairspray cast; winners of The Voice; and X Factor Winner Sam Bailey.

Today, David is more commonly seen judging dance competitions across Europe, Asia and Africa as well as Guest Teaching at various colleges and universities worldwide. He is Founder and CEO of International Performing Arts & Theatre. 


Rick Tjia

Rick Tjia is the Co-Founder of the new sensational 'Choreography Online' which is launching on a global scale. He is also a Talent Scout and Choreographer at Cirque du Soleil. 

Before working for Cirque du Soleil, Rick had an extensive career in dance and acting which includes performances with Ballet Austin, Boston Ballet and Delta Festival Ballet, as well as three years of work in film and television in Los Angeles doing hip-hop, jazz, and ballet (with choreographers like Twyla Tharp, Joe Layton, and with film directors like Mark Rydell, and James Brooks), Rick joined La La La Human Steps in Montreal in 1993, with whom he danced and toured the world for 8 years. As with many dancers and musicians, Rick is also a composer, a choreographer, and teaches various workshops around the globe.

As well as working extensively with Cirque du Soleil and as a freelance artiste / choreographer, Rick is excited to be an Executive Director of International Performing Arts & Theatre and is leading dance and theatre education in the 21st Century. Rick, together with the other Executive Directors and the wider team, is excited to be part of this evolving organisation.


Adam Tate MSc, BSc, FRSA

Adam graduated with a Masters Degree from the University of Oxford in 2015 and is a qualified teacher having taught at one of the UK's leading secondary schools in London. Adam left teaching in secondary schools in 2018 and is now reading for his PhD back in Oxford whilst leading I-PATH forward with the rest of the team. 

Adam leads the Teaching Diploma in Performing Arts course as well as oversees the academic and accreditation aspects of the organisation. Adam is also our Designated and Qualified Safeguarding Officer and is experienced in safeguarding, this ensures that we have a highly qualified person to advise teachers on the welfare of all our young member students. 

Finally, Adam also finds time to be the Assistant Regional Commissioner (Growth) for the London Region of The Scout Association. 


Adam Lee

Adam Lee is a graduate of the prestigious Urdang Academy located in London's city centre, with a full scholarship in Professional Musical Theatre.

Upon graduation, he went straight into 'OKLAHOMA!' as the Dance Captain and understudy of Curly and Will. Adam then went on to perform in pantomimes and shows throughout the United Kingdom, as well as travelling the world as a Singer/Dancer aboard numerous cruise ships. Other credits include being a backing dancer for Sugarbabes, Girls Aloud and Westlife.

Adam has now settled in Australia where he is the CEO of 'In Demand Entertainment' - Australia’s most up and coming talent agency. He is very excited to be an Executive Director of International Performing Arts & Theatre where he is working closely with the other Directors in developing outstanding programmes of studies and syllabi in dance and theatre disciplines. Adam is also the Lead Representative of I-PATH in Australia and New Zealand.



Classical Ballet

Jazz Dance

Lyrical Dance

Contemporary Dance 

Tap Dance

Hip Hop Dance

Musical Theatre



Artistic Director


David Stinson

David Stinson

Artistic Group Members

David Stinson, Vanessa Stafford

David Stinson, Adam Lee

David Stinson

Positions Pending

Adam Lee

Positions Pending

Adam Lee, Tesh Allit, Ieva Kaminskaite

Ieva Kaminskaite, David Stinson

Adam Lee


Sylvia Lane

Sylvia is the Section Lead for Performance at University Centre Weston. She received extensive training in musical theatre at the prestigious London Studio Centre under a full three-year scholarship awarded for outstanding achievements and talent.

She has over 20 years’ experience on the professional stage as a singer, dancer and actor. Originally from Munich, Germany, her career began with the Munich National opera where she worked with many famous international musical directors and choreographers.

Further credits include Lead Dancer/Singer for Spirit of the Dance, which she performed for several years in the USA including the Las Vegas and Reno productions; tours of Australia and New Zealand; roles in A Chorus Line, Chicago, Starting Here, Starting Now, West Side Story, The American Dream, The Rake’s Progress as well as variety shows.

She travelled the world as Lead Production Singer on major cruise ships for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Cunard, and appeared in numerous TV, Film and Audio recordings. Recently she was awarded a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Learning in Higher Education from Bath Spa University and has also completed an advanced course in The Estill Voice Method course at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Sylvia is an accomplished singing and dance teacher and also holds a Masters in Professional Practice in Higher Education. Finally, Sylvia is in her second year reading for her PhD in Education. Click Here Sylvia's Full Bio



Vanessa Stafford, Tesh Allitt, Lucy Maria, Adam Lee, Rick Tjia, Adam Kerr, Anthony Whiteman, David Stinson



Australia: Adam Lee

Canada: Rick Tjia

China: David Stinson

Holland: Kaylee Good

Japan: Yurika Yamagata

Lithuania: Ieva Kaminskaite

New Zealand: Adam Lee

South East Asia: Thanh Bui

Qatar: Lucy Willet

United Arab Emirates: Lucy Willett

United Kingdom: David Stinson

United States of America: Rick Tjia



I-PATH is accredited by an independent organisation called Global Education Training & Qualifications (GETQ). This organisation currently accredits all I-PATH Graded Examinations and is also working to gain OFQUAL recognition for I-PATH which we aim to recieve by 2022. GETQ is made up of the following directors who assist I-PATH in its development:

Professor Andrew Saint George 

Andrew is a corporate writer and academic. He has written twelve (and edited two) books in communications and business. In 2009-2011 he worked with the CEO of Marks & Spencer and also with Royal Naval Command. In 2012, after two years’ research, he wrote The Royal Navy Leadership Manual (Random House). 

The Royal Navy Manual is remarkable for being the first leadership guide the Royal Navy has commissioned since 1963; it represents an extraordinary piece of leadership, cultural and corporate research, the most widespread ever undertaken by the Navy; and the lessons it contains can be applied as “soft skill” to any organisation.

Andrew advises and writes for individual CEOs, bankers, diplomats and others. He has worked with: Babcock International PLC, Christie & Co, Consilia Ltd, Decision Strategies Inc; Diageo Plc, Dixons Plc, Equity-I Ltd, European Venture Capital Association, Gow & Partners, ITV, Kent County Council, Kohn Foundation, Lyceum Capital LLP, Spencer Stuart, Sandhurst Military Academy, Tahari Inc, Three Valleys Water Plc, Turtlejob China, Troika Capital Russia, Vance Inc, Welsh Assembly Government, Westhill Partners Inc (Partner and EU CEO when the firm was sold) and Zuellig Group SA.

He was educated at Cambridge (double first), Harvard (Kennedy Fellow) and Oxford (D Phil, Linguistics) where he was Research Fellow of Christ Church. He is a Senior Fellow of Aberystwyth University Business School and on the board of Swansea University Business School and LEAD Wales. He is a Trustee of King Alfred’s Educational Charity (vice-chair) and a Governor of King Alfred’s School, Oxfordshire’s best-performing state school. He lives with his wife Mary Loudon (an author) and their three daughters in Oxfordshire and the Wye Valley.

Rae Snape

Rae is one of the UK's leading Headteachers and a National Leader of Education based in Cambridge, England. She has been the Headteacher of the Spinney Primary School since 2007. The Spinney is a happy, welcoming, creative and OfSTED “Outstanding” school in Cambridge. The school has been described as "forward thinking and outward reaching" and which connects with the local, national and international ecosystem in order to secure an exciting, dynamic and successful curriculum for its pupils. The Spinney is a National Teaching School and the lead school of the Kite Teaching School Alliance. 

Rae is passionate about the positive and transformative power of Arts, Culture and Creativity in young people’s lives and the Spinney is proud to have achieved Arts Mark Platinum from Arts Council, England. Along with other key Cultural Leaders, Rae was one of the initiators of "My Cambridge" a Cultural Educational Partnership for the City bringing together The Universities, The City Council, County Council, Schools, Businesses and Enterprise. Objectives include ensuring more young people have experience of and participation in high quality cultural opportunities, access to Arts Award programmes and the chance to experience viable and exciting pathways into the Creative Industries. 

Rae is also the Chair of Cambridgeshire School Improvement Board, and a member of Cambridgeshire Culture which, with support from the bridge organization Festival Bridge aspires to connect all the regional Local Cultural Education Partnerships to “Champion raised aspiration for Cambridgeshire, to include a cultural entitlement for all the County’s young people.” Rae is the Festival Designer of Cambridgeshire Festival of Education an annual optimistic celebration of teachers and teaching which takes place at the Faculty of Education Cambridge University. 

Rae has been a member of the Department for Educations’s Primary Headteachers’ Reference Group since 2010 and is the Vice Chair of one of the HundrEd committees. Rae is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Professor John Grattan 

Professor Grattan has an extensive academic background in Environmental and Archaeological Science and has developed a real passion regarding science communication. He began his career obtaining a Ph.D. from The University of Sheffield and his research has since been highlighted in many different media outlets such as: The Economist, The Guardian, The Times and International Television and Radio.

In 1995 he joined the University of Wales, Aberystwyth where he held positions of Senior Lecturer, Reader, Professor and Dean of Faculty of Science at Aberystwyth University. In 2012 he was appointed the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Student Experience and International. On top of this he is a board member of the QAA, HEFCW's Student Experience, Teaching and Quality Committee and Universities Wales Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching Advisory Group where he is currently the Chair. Professor Grattan was also the former acting Vice Chancellor of Aberystwyth University.
John is a highly regarded lecturer, he was a late entrant to higher education and believes passionately that going to university is a privilege that can change people's lives, it changed his!

Kate Parkinson

Kate has been a qualified social worker since 1998, having gained 15 years post qualifying experience in social work and social work management before becoming a social work academic. Her research interests include Family Group Conferences and strengths based approaches to practice, young people missing from home and the transition from social work practice to academia. Kate is an expert in Safeguarding. 



Accredited by Global Education Training & Qualifications
Member of International Dance Council CID - UNESCO
Member of National Dance Education Organisation (USA)
Member of One Dance UK
Partnered with I-PATH Foundation