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.

Footlights delivers quality performing arts training and aims to ensure that each child gets the most out of their experience by building upon essential life skills and instilling confidence, whilst having lots of fun and meeting new friends. There is also the option for students to audition for professional work in film, theatre and modelling via our agency, Footlights Personal Management (recent successes include Game of Thrones and CBBC series ‘KATY’

Book a free trial today at Footlights Bolton and see for yourself.

We have superb progression rates from our schools, with the majority going to performing arts colleges and drama schools.

You will find us friendly, energetic and an encouraging company for your child to thrive in acting, singing and dance. We have robust processes to keep your child safe, our staff have DBS status and we always have a first aider at each of our venues. Please feel free to read our safeguarding policy.

We have high retention rates with over 85% of children at each of our schools staying with us for over 5 years, we also have superb progression rates form our schools with the majority going to performing arts colleges and drama schools.

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We welcome you to Footlights and hope your child has a long lasting relationship with us – Team Bolton

Class Times

10Aam -11.30am
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


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.

Jessica Hope

Jessica Hope

Singing Tutor

Jess graduated from RNCM with first class honours and has studied with Ian Kennedy at the Guildhall. Before attending the RNCM. Jessica trained as a dancer at Arts Educational Schools, London, completing a Foundation year in Musical Theatre. There, she developed the core disciplines of ballet and jazz dancing, improvisation as well as voice and speech. Jessica came second in the Essex Young Musician of the Year. She has participated in masterclasses with distinguished singers and has a real passion for teaching children, bringing enthusiasm and talent whilst ensuring that singing is an enjoyable experience.

Harriet Whittaker

Harriet Whittaker

Dance Tutor

Harriet has had a passion for dance from the age of 10 where she taught herself Street Dance from watching influential performers on the TV and online. She then began attending regular classes at her local dance school from the age of 12 where she developed her skill set further and trained in Jazz, Modern, Ballet, Street and Drama and decided to pursue this further and studied Dance throughout her formal education, up to where she studied her degree at Edge Hill University and graduated in July 2017 with a First Class BA Hons in Dance and Drama. Her disciplines include Hip Hop, Commercial, Heels, Contemporary, Jazz, Basic Ballet, Lyrical and Limbering. She has a strong passion for choreography and teaching and is eager to pass on her passion to the younger generation.

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.