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 Wigan is certainly the right place for them.

During your child’s time at Footlights Wigan, 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 Wigan, your child will benefit from the opportunity to take internationally recognised examinations through  LAMDA.  (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts).

Footlights Wigan 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 Wigan and see for yourself.

Multi award winning Footlights welcomes you and your child to our Wigan school at Robin Park Arena, next to the DW stadiu, we are just upstairs where the gymnastics centre is. Our Head Office is based in Media City, just around the corner from the main hub of the BBC & ITV studios where we have our very own purpose built professional theatre. 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.

Want to know more? Why not take a look at our FAQ’s

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 ‘SHREK’ which is based and we will be performing in June 2018 at Trencherfield Mill but its never too late to join. 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

9.30am – 11.00am
4 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

Jenni Scott

Jenni Scott

Choreographer & Dance Tutor

We are so lucky to have Londoner Jenni Scott, she is proving to be a real showstopper at our Wigan school and in a few short months has improved dance dramatically! Jenni not only has the skills and experience but also the passion to drive your child to the next level in dance, Maybe your child is new to dance? NO PROBLEM! Jenni knows what it’s like to be a beginner, after all she was one herself once. Jenni teaches ballet, contemporary, streetdance, commercial and cheerleading as well as jazz and musical theatre so what not start your child’s free trial today?



Duane Williams

Duane Williams

Acting Tutor

Duane is the most approachable acting tutor, he is so energetic and enthusiastic and is keen to let the children and young people have their own voice in his drama work. He trained at the prestigious Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Duane is a very friendly member of the team and works with your child to maximize their potential in speech and drama as well as social and communication skills, he teaches improvisation, script, screen and acting techniques.

Lauren Sturgess

Lauren Sturgess

Singing Tutor

Lauren trained at Alra North and has just joined our Wigan team, she is a talented actress and a local girl too, she is proving to be a real hit here at Wigan.



Tiny's Tutor

Duane is our energetic Tiny’s teacher, his engaging style is a lovely introduction to performing arts for this lovely group, they work in bite size chunks of acting, singing and dance! The concept with this age group is that Duane is preparing them for main school so she has a very important job on his hands. By the time they leave Tiny’s your child will be equipped with stage skills so they will already be ahead of anyone aged 7yrs who is new to performing arts. His energetic and inspiring nature instills natural confidence and your child really will shine

Haley Yates

Front of House

Haley is your go to person and has the answers to every questions and some answers to questions you’ve never even thought of! Haley ensures that your child is safe first and foremost and the environment fun and inspiring. Haley will be on call throughout your child’s time with us and she ensures the team are inclusive, engaging and fun!

Haley is a trained actress too so she is super creative and will encourage your child to express themselves in a creative, stimulating environment.