Two theatre entrepreneurs who have built their lives in the entertainment industry have relocated part of their business from West Byfleet to Woking town centre as part of their new company’s expansion.
As part of the move, Stagecoach Performing Arts has also relocated its Headquarters from Walton-on-Thames to the shared Trafalgar Entertainment office at Export House. The move also brings new employment prospects with plans for a call centre and new jobs already being recruited.
When the arrival of her children meant that Jennie Graham-Roberts had to reconsider her career, Stagecoach Performing Arts presented itself as a worthy option.
“Stagecoach has been a monumental part of all of our lives. Both of my children attended classes when they were younger, with my son starring in shows and going on to study Drama for A-Level, and my daughter attending classes right up until 18. They are now all grown up and attending university, but I believe that Stagecoach has had an impact on who they have become today.”
Every child has potential but the potential is nothing unless it is realised. It is important to teach children to unleash their potential and find their way on the stage of life...
Hayden, eight, has been going to Stagecoach Edinburgh since she was four. Luke aged nine also starred in the show and attends Stagecoach Edinburgh with Hayden. They won their first-ever acting role in the BBC TV series Ordeal by Innocence, based on an Agatha Christie book, which aired this spring. They both told us about their experiences of working on a BBC Drama.
Kimberley started at Stagecoach Bury when she was 9 years old. She loved it so much that she went on to become an Early Stages Assistant, a Stagecoach Teacher and took the plunge and became a Principal of Stagecoach Bolton. Plus Kimberley is also celebrating her 30th birthday in the same year Stagecoach turns 30, so double the celebrations!
Read on to see Kimberley's Stagecoach journey.
Carrie and David Grant – probably the UK’s best-known vocal coaches – have teamed up with Stagecoach! At the Teacherfest day for Principals, they shared inspiration for ways to get everyone involved – and they hope to work with students in the future…
Honesty, 15, from Stagecoach Malvern, told us about her experience of performing at the Saracens vs Harlequins rugby match…
What I adore most about this transition from pupil to teacher is that no matter what age or location, the Stagecoach value remains the same.
By Naomi Amelia Moore
Miriam started at Stagecoach Harpenden when she was 11 years old. She then went on to teach at different Stagecoach schools and now runs Stagecoach Bishops Stortford.
Read on to see Miriam's Stagecoach journey.
Dr Alison Daubney, our guest blooger and Educational Psychology Researcher says:
"The mental stress relief of taking your children out of te pressure cooker of exams study to explore creatively and freely can do more to enhance their exam performance than endlessly pressing away with more study hours."
Read on for the full blog.
"I'm Fae the Principal of Stagecoach Portishead and this is my Stagecoach journey".
Read more to watch Fae's Stagecoach journey.
We’re thrilled to announce a new partnership with YoungMinds, the charity working towards better mental health for children and young people in the UK. YoungMinds is all about improving the well being and mental health of young people. Read on to find out what it does and how Stagecoach is getting involved.
"16 years ago my Stagecoach journey started when I joined as a student. Back then I remember being really nervous on my first day, but within minutes felt totally at home. So much so that I went and got qualified and returned as a teacher, then became Principal of Stagecoach Potters Bar which still runs at the venue every Saturday".
Read more to watch Hayley's Stagecoach journey.
"I am the Principal at Stagecoach Doncaster, Sheffield Beighton and Rotherham. I was a student at Stagecoach, then became a teacher, then a Principal… and I love it".
Read more to watch Nick's video.
The Summer Showcase is a fabulous two-week residency near London where you’ll be part of a
full-scale professional production. Working with professional choreographers, directors and a full production team, this is a fantastic experience to get a taste of being in the West End.
Surviving or thriving? The role of performing arts in promoting mental wellbeing.
Do you want to further your teaching career? Thought of ADPA…?
Do you love the Performing Arts but don’t know what type of career path to follow? Are you looking to inspire young people through the Performing Arts?
Have you considered a career in teaching the Performing Arts? Read on for more information on how Stagecoach can help get you started on your journey…
Making a good first impression can carry you a long way in life, so here are some pointers to get you started...
We asked Managing Director and Head of Casting at the Stagecoach Talent Agency, Tarquin Shaw-Young FEAA, for his top tips on smashing an audition...
Practice makes perfect
Kristina Rihanoff, star of Strictly Come Dancing and her own dance tours, shares what it takes to follow in her footsteps...
Surviving or thriving? Making the case for the Performing Arts
Transitioning from Primary school to Secondary school, or from one year to another can have its challenges for your child.
Dr Alison Daubney, our guest blogger writes about how to help your child feel more confident in these big life transitions.
We live in an age where technology permeates our lives. For young people particularly, social media is an increasingly important form of communication. Used positively, it enhances social and emotional development. Yet, with one in ten children suffering some form of mental health issue at any one time, most commonly anxiety, depression, self-harm and eating disorders, there is a requirement for all people working with children to understand the role of many different causes and manifestations of mental health. This article considers one area of mental health challenge – the role of social media - and explores ways in which positive engagement in performing arts can be beneficial.
“Don’t put your daughter on the stage, Mrs Worthington”…or rather do!
Dr Alison Daubney, PhD
Gregory Daubney, MSc, MBPsS
Inside our Stagecoach Talent Agency…
So, you want to perform professionally, but where do you start? Read on for all you need to know…
Love reading? Love dance? Find out what to expect from Kimberly Wyatt’s new book from KEIRA, 12, from Stagecoach Bridgend & Cowbridge's very own book review following Kimberly's exclusive workshop:
Ever wonder how they make monsters and CGI beings move and fight so realistically? It’s all about ‘performance capture’, as Fight Director Lyndall Grant explains.
We love to see our students on their jouneys from a child blossoming into an accomplished young adult. David has just left Stagecoach at the age of 18 to a place at the prestigious Mountview Theatre Arts in London, and he has shared his 14 year Stagecoach journey with us...
The Educational landscape is ever-changing, so when examinations, qualifications, UCAS tariff points and subject/curriculum choice change, it can be confusing and overwhelming. Understanding how changes affect your future and your options is important, so here’s what you need to know.
Since we first opened in 1988 we have seen over a million students pass through our doors. The last 28 years have been eventful to say the least! The world has seen the invention of the World Wide Web, Smartphones and tablets. In this time, the UK has worked its way through six Prime Ministers, eight Harry Potter books and a Brexit vote.
Stagecoach itself, has grown from one formidable woman holding drama, dance and singing classes in her living room in Surrey to a Head Office of 40 staff, a network of over 600 schools and 270 Principals in the UK alone, plus schools in nine other countries across the world, a talent agency and an impressive list of Alumni!
To support you even after you have left your weekly Stagecoach classes, we have put together a package of benefits for you. The Alumni is free for you to join and is here to provide you with development opportunities, networking, social events and much more. No matter what career path you have chosen or where life has taken you, here are just some of the benefits you can enjoy as a graduate of Stagecoach...
Your Stagecoach skills can help you in all sorts of ways. Here are some of of them…
We love musicals, shows, and the West End in general! The lively atmosphere and excitement of the West End is contagious, so attending a show is always a fantastic experience to share with friends and family. We know many of you agree – your entries into our recent West End competition captured your enthusiasm for theatre.
From these entries, we’ve selected and listed our Top 10 West End shows – including snippets of our talented Stagecoach students performing them!
As leaders within Performing Arts education, we are strongly opposed to the decline of the performing arts within the curriculum and the gap that has been created within a child's education. The Arts not only allow a creative outlet for children and young people, but it also helps improve and establish soft skills helping students in all aspects of life from teamwork, problem solving and public speaking. Skills such as these can help children during their academic life, as well as with their career goals.
Elly from Stagecoach Shaftesbury has been a student for over 15 years. She shared with us what Stagecoach means to her and what she has gained from her Performance Arts classes.
We were treated to a spectacular night of talent at the prestigious Her Majesty's Theatre for Stagecoach Live in the West End.
Isabel from Stagecoach Huntingdon attended our exciting Get Up & Dance! Event last weekend.
Check out her blog on her jam-packed day learning different dance styles from across the globe.
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Stagecoach and Birmingham Stage Company have joined forces to bring a brand now Horrible Histories production to our students!
Recent research commissioned by Stagecoach explored the benefits the performing arts has in all aspects of a child's life.
This blog explores the mental and physical benefits of learning to dance for younger children.
Why joining a drama class is a VERY good idea...