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Our Staff


Ian Toyne

Owner / Director, Singing & Acting Coach 


Imogen Blackwell

Owner / Administrator, Choreographer & Teacher

With over 35 years experience in the industry spanning film, television and stage productions including internationally touring productions such as Les Miserables and Mamma Mia. He has also enjoyed writing, directing and staging performances throughout his career. 

Ian has a passion for helping students get the most out of their experiences on stage, screen and indeed in life.


Imi has had a love for the performing arts since playing the role of Ippy Ink in her first pre-primary assembly and spent her youth being heavily involved in community theatre in both Perth and regional WA. She has performed professionally as a dancer, singer and character actress for special events and as an extra in professional film productions. Her career highlights were performing in We Will Rock You at His Majesty's Theatre and being nominated for a Best Cabaret Award at Fringe World 2018 for a show that she co-wrote and starred in with Ian Toyne. 


Since hanging up her character shoes she has been focused on building Perth Academy of Performing Arts as a safe and nurturing space for people of all ages to build their confidence on and off stage. Always busy choreographing routines, teaching classes and workshops, organising performance opportunities and handling administration and staff, Imi takes great pride in providing opportunities for her students and watching them grow. 

She is the best person to contact for information about PAPA and is always happy to help!

Sophie Quin

Teacher, Choreographer & Admin

Sophie has been training with PAPA for over 4 years and made her debut as a professional actress in the 2021 Black Swan State Theatre Company's production of ‘York’. Sophie holds a  Diploma of Acting from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and is an active member of the WA Youth Theatre Company senior ensemble.  


As well as being a highly talented Actor and Dancer, Sophie is an accomplished choreographer and a confident and nurturing teacher. She is an asset to the PAPA Community and is committed to helping students find their voice through theatre.

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