Footlights Bolton

Introduction

Multi award winning Footlights welcomes you and your child to Bolton. We have been established since 2005, our Bolton School since 2010.

During your child’s or teenagers time at Footlights, our tutors will coach and inspire them to explore their best potential by sharing their professional experiences as well as honing performance techniques. We know you will want to find the right balance between ensuring your child gets a good performing arts education, has fun and keeps up with their academic studies, the skills of Acting, Singing and Dancing will complement their academic studies increasing awareness, building social skills as well as making new friends whilst building on existing skills, or being taught new ones.

Class Times

Saturday
9.30am – 11.00am
3 years -6 years
9.45am – 1.00pm
7 years – 18 years

 

Our 3 years to 6 years are taught acting, singing and dance in bite size manageable chunks with the same teacher.

From 7 years up, all classes are taught in age groups, with three different tutors specialising in acting, singing and dance.

Staff Profiles

Lisa Donnelly

Lisa Donnelly

Director

Lisa joined Footlights in 2010 when her daughter attended one of the schools. She felt so much admiration for the work that goes into the classes and the dedication and organisation shown by everyone involved. She knew instinctively that Bolton needed a FOOTLIGHTS and she was the person who was going to open a school there. She observed how Footlight Schools were ran and toured and worked at nearly all of them! Lisa is now even more determined to keep up the excellent reputation of Footlights in Bolton.

Dawn Wright

Dawn Wright

Acting Tutor

Performing arts has always been a huge part of Dawn’s life, for 19 years, on and off stage and in a teaching capacity. Dawn has a BA Honours degree in Drama, Physical Theatre and Dance and a PGCE. In her drama lessons Dawn will teach, the rules of performing, improvisation, script work, devised pieces, monologues, duologues, comedy, emotional memory, visual arts, realism and surrealism.  Dawn will take every child’s needs into consideration, to make sure they get the best out of their drama experience, whether it be to help build confidence or to learn how to be a confident versatile performer.

Katie Arnold

Katie Arnold

Singing Tutor

Katie studied for three years at The University of Leeds gaining a BA Hons in Theatre and Performance. She then went on to train at Central School of Speech and Drama where she graduated with a Masters in Music Theatre. After graduating, Katie worked as a professional actor, performing at some of the UK’s leading theatres including; The National Theatre, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and The Royal Court Theatre. Katie has a great deal of experience teaching and has worked as a Drama, Dance and Voice practitioner with a number of theatre companies. Katie has worked with Footlights Bolton and Salford since September 2016 and loves sharing her passion and enthusiasm for the arts.

Joseph Mannion

Joseph Mannion

Dance Tutor

Joseph is a Choreographer & Teacher based in Manchester, after graduating University with a BA Hons Degree, his passion for teaching has given him the opportunity to teach all across the UK and the USA. This experience has given Joseph the opportunity to perform and have his choreography featured at festivals such as Turn Festival, Fringe Festival, a UK Tour with Allegiant Dance Theatre & Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats. Joseph has exceptionally high standards and this has been demonstrated in how much dance at Footlights has improved. Joseph is firm, yet approachable and expects high standards, meaning he will approach your child or teenagers learning to ensure they are working at their best ability.

Paige O’Grady

Paige O’Grady

Tiny's Tutor

Paige studied for three years at the University of Salford and was awarded a BA Hons in English, Drama and Performance studies. From a young age, Paige has been involved, studied and performed in many plays, from classic to modern and contemporary. She is professional, enthusiastic and her dedication and love for the arts shows through her teaching techniques. She believes that learning the arts plays a vital role in growing up, encouraging confidence, performance and personality. She will teach our Tinies through fun and engaging activities, with a focus on drama, singing and dancing, to help prepare them for the main school. Her aim for the Tinies is to introduce the magic of performance, allowing them to shine on and off the stage.