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Footlights House


Does your child dream of being on the West End stage, on TV or even in a film? Maybe they just love performing, they want to share their passion with like-minded children and young people whilst making new friends, perhaps they want to increase their skills base, learn how to act, sing and dance… then Footlights is certainly the right place for them.

During your child’s time at Footlights, our tutors will mentor them to help them realise their dreams of becoming a performer by sharing their professional experiences as well as facilitating and teaching 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. This is why your child’s skills of Acting, Singing and Dancing will complement their academic studies plus, at Footlights, your child will benefit from the opportunity to take internationally recognised examinations through  LAMDA.  (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts).

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’

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Multi award winning Footlights welcomes you and your child to our Media City school, we are just around the corner from the main hub of the BBC & ITV studios and this school runs from our very own purpose built professional theatre, so your child gets to experience the real thing the moment they walk through the door. We have been established since 2005 and our founder, trained actor and teacher  Jo Fisher., maintains a ‘hands on’ role at our schools.

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 – Jo & team


Each summer all our children take part in their summer show; in 2017 they performed ‘Billy Elliot’, in 2018 it is ‘Forever’ which is based loosely on ‘Wicked’ and the ‘Wizard of Oz’. It’s a full scale show where parents/carers, family and friends can come and watch their progress.

The Autumn/Winter and Spring term schedules focus much more on skills and technique with a shorter informal presentation at Christmas.  The teaching teams also give written feedback each Easter so you can track your child’s progress. Of course there is an open door policy so anytime you wish to discuss your child’s progress, please feel free to talk to us or use this  form

Class Times

Saturday – Stage School
9.45am – 11.15 am  3 years – 5 years
9.45am –  1pm   6 years – 18 years

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

All classes are taught in age groups, with three different tutors specialising in acting, singing and dance.

Saturdays 1.30pm-3.30pm Commercial Streetdance 7-9 year olds

Wednesdays – School of Dance
6pm – 8pm  7yrs-18yrs Dance School only Ballet, jazz, Contemporary, Commercial and Musical Theatre

Sundays – School of Acting
1.45pm – 5pm 7yrs-18yrs Stage to Screen Acting,Theatre, TV, Film acting

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Staff Profiles

Matt Stead

Matt Stead

Acting Tutor

Matt trained at the best drama school in Manchester, The Met and is so passionate about acting, He works with us as a professional actor in our touring theatre as well as appearing in our professional play at The Lowry in 2016 ‘And Then You Kissed Me’. Matt is approachable, encouraging and friendly, he has a wealth of knowledge in drama and is keen to pass on his own acting skills to your child or teenager through improvisation, script work, screen and acting technique.

Francesca Mead

Francesca Mead

Singing Tutor

Francesca studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Francesca also has an exciting performing career, She has performed in some of London’s top music venues, including The Barbican, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and The Vortex. Francesca is passionate about working with young people and is thrilled to be part of the Footlights team. She aims to create a fun learning environment, allowing the children to explore their creativity and gain confidence through singing.


Lauren Nicole Mayes

Lauren Nicole Mayes

Acting & Dance Tutor

Lauren trained at the prestigious Italia Conti school in London. Lauren is an actress as well as a specialist choreographer at Footlights. Recently she performed in a SOLD OUT production in Manchester, so our child’s learning is certainly in the right hands. Lauren is a hard task master with a soft centre, she aims to get the most our of your child by nurturing their talent and assisting them in achieving their potential as well as inspiring complete beginners.  Dance  Lauren teaches ballet to a very high standard, contemporary, jazz and commercial streetdance, if your child is serious about dance we have a dedicated dance school on Sundays as well as during stage school on Saturday mornings. Acting Lauren is a very experienced acting teacher, she also works in casting during the week in an office not too far from Footlights House. Lauren works with up to the minute scripts ensuring each child is on the pulse when it comes to what the competition are up to. If your child is serious about acting why not let them attend on Sunday afternoons where they will explore improvisation, tv and film acting and well as stage in a professional environment.

Darren Jeffries

Darren Jeffries

Acting Tutor

Darren Jeffries

We are so very lucky to have experienced actor and British Soap Award Winner Darren Jeffries working with your child, Darren himself shot to fame at just 14 years old in ‘Hollyoaks’ read more about his career here   

Darren teaches at both Media City and our Prestwich schools, Darren focuses on characterisation, improvisation and of course script, he has a wonderful approachable manner and is more than happy to share his years of experience on TV with your child.


Khara Pemberton

Khara Pemberton

Acting Tutor

Khara trained at the old Arden School of Theatre, she has performed at ‘The Contact Theatre’. ‘The Lowry and Z Arts. She has been teaching at Footlights for nearly three years, and is keen to help children and teenagers develop into the best version of themselves. Khara is always upbeat and her passion is teaching children and young people to love themselves first and foremost. Khara is one of the most ‘born to teach’ tutor’s we have ever met, she puts her heart and soul into it and has the acting know how to enable your child to become well rounded skilled actors.

SJ Davies

SJ Davies

Dance Tutor & Acting Tutor

SJ trained at LaineTheatre Arts in London, SJ continues to work in the industry and recently produced a sell out show at 53Two London. SJ teaches ballet, tap, contemporary and commercial dance, she is a very supportive choreographer who aims to get the best out of you child at all times, she works on technique, timing, style and precision as well as routines. SJ has a sparkling personality and prides herself on her personal touch so anytime you want to discuss your child’s progress do feel free to talk to her.

On Sundays SJ also teaches acting, working mainly on improvisation and stage technique she has wonderful rapport with the children and teenagers here at Media City which gives them the confidence to open up and progress in their acting technique,

We hope you enjoyed reading all about us and look forward to greeting you and your child at one of our schools – just sign up here or message us

Jo & Team