Claire has been at the helm of Stagecoach Wokingham for 10 years, and in this time the school has gone from strength to strength. She has bought her experience of 20 years teaching to Berkshire, to ensure they receive the best part-time training in the performing arts.
Claire trained at Royal Holloway, University of London and graduated with a degree in Theatre Studies. She then went on to train at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and Moscow Art Theatre to study Musical Theatre and Acting, graduating with an MA. She has worked for the Stagecoach network for over 15 years, watching many children flourish into performers, adults and even our own teaching team! She has helped secure many children roles in West End and TV shows. She also understands the use of theatre and performance as a therapeutic tool and has worked alongside many fantastic theatre companies to bring theatre into lots of people's lives.
She has coached children into gaining roles for Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Sound Of Music (West End and national tour), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Shrek, Les Miserables, Oliver, Enron, various regional productions, full time vocational drama training and universities. But most rewarding, it is giving young people a safe place to be themselves each week.
Claire has been part of the faculty of Performance Preparation Academy in Guildford on the Acting & Musical Theatre degree programs. She is currently in her pre-clinical training to be a Psychotherapist for children, young people and families with the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust in London. Claire oversees all the teaching, creative direction and ensuring excellent safeguarding measures are met.
"My main passion is to deliver adaptable teaching to suit the need of the student. This means our schools are inclusive, celebrating sameness and difference. Whether you require advanced technique training, or a place to find a sense of belonging, safety and community, there will be something for your child in our classes."