Stagecoach Ipswich

A very warm welcome to Stagecoach Performing Arts Ipswich, where we provide quality part-time training in the performing arts for children aged four to 18 years in the Ipswich, Kesgrave and Martlesham area.  Open since 1999, we aim to nurture and support our young people, providing them with innovative and creative tuition in singing, dance, acting and drama, encouraging our students to be imaginative, dynamic, and to perform better at school, in their future careers and in life. 

All our performing arts classes are taught by experienced teachers with an excellent track record within the arts. The school is located on Clifford Road, Ipswich and Deben Avenue, Martlesham and run by Sarah Corbett who has led the school for 15 years.

Principal Sarah Corbett - BA(Hons); PGCE; MA(Mus)

Your child is in safe hands. All of our Team are Enhanced DBS checked.


Special Offer

Stagecoach Ipswich is currently operating online, with free live lessons and video tutorials for our Ipswich students. All those who book the two week trial for the September term will be able to access our weekly home lessons and projects free of charge this term as a thank you for your patience.

Stagecoach At Home

Each week, we run free live Saturday morning classes led by our amazing teachers for our students in dance, drama, singing or Early Stages in a secure environment adhering to our strict safety policies. This is our thank you to you for your patience during these tough times. In addition, our national resources include free bitesize lessons.

A Parent’s view

Ruth from Ipswich writes: “My daughter is so happy at Stagecoach and with the current lockdown looks forward to her online Saturday morning sessions. I am hugely grateful to the team for providing her with some sort of normality during this difficult period. She can't wait to get back to face to face lessons”.

Extra value

At Stagecoach Ipswich, we offer LAMDA training, performances with touring stars, masterclasses and workshops, film projects, one well-known musical production per year and an annual performance at the Ipswich Regent. We accept childcare vouchers, and we believe all kids can shine, so the same students do not always get the main parts.

Weekly Classes

Early Stages (for ages 4-6 yrs)

Early Stages classes run alongside the main Stagecoach schools, where young people learn skills in each of the three Musical Theatre disciplines of singing, dancing & drama, so it is an easy step when it is time to transfer to the next stage.

(90 minutes each week)

Main Stages (for ages 6-18 yrs)

Main Stages classes are split in three age appropriate groups, where young people learn new skills in each of the complementary Musical Theatre disciplines of singing, dancing & drama. We nurture the shy and apprehensive, until they find their feet and voice, whilst at the same time developing and channelling those with bundles of talent, confidence and energy. We believe in the potential of every child!

(3 hrs each week)

Further Stages (for ages 15+ yrs)

Our advanced musical theatre sessions give talented students the chance to extend their performance skills.  Through in-depth training and master classes, we help students to hone their skills in singing, dancing and acting.  We also give students the confidence to audition for theatre and vocational drama schools (if that is their goal) and make sure they are well prepared for interviews and auditions. 

Fees in accordance with Main Stages.

Meet The Team

Principal - Sarah Corbett - BA(Hons); PGCE; MA(Mus)

Sarah took over at Stagecoach in 2006, having first taught singing there for five years. She has twenty five years of experience working in theatre arts, beginning by organising two major music marathons and running a school band when in the sixth form at school. She graduated firstly with a French and English honours degree and taught these subjects for eight years at Stowupland High School, running the 70-strong school choir and directing the music for the school shows in the lunch break. However, music was what she loved most so she left the school in 2001 to complete her second degree, teaching singing and piano part-time, and in 2009 completed her Music MA gaining distinction. She is also co-founder of an award-winning musical theatre company which toured Suffolk annually and has written eleven successful musicals for them. More recently, she founded a choir for parents of her students, and directed and arranged music for this until 2011, then setting up a choir in her own village and arranging musical events in the village church. Sarah carried the Olympic torch in 2012, with the principal reasons for her selection being her quest to get people to love music, and the money that Stagecoach Ipswich has raised for good causes since 2009, which now exceeds £35000. In her spare time, Sarah is learning aromatherapy, grows many varieties of chillies and loves walking in the country and on the coast with her husband and dogs.

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