After setting up the hugely successful Chippy Stage School workshops three years ago, in collaboration with the Chipping Norton School of Dance, and five workshops behind us, we were inspired to create a weekly Stage School. This would be a Stage School based around the classic Musical Theatre ‘Triple threat’ of Drama, Dance and Singing, something that currently doesn’t exist all under one roof, on a weekend, in Chipping Norton. We are keen to offer something essentially over and above what might be offered in a small town, an hour or so from London. Not only offering exceptional tutoring in the essential disciplines of Musical Theatre, but also bringing masterclasses and workshops to Chipping Norton, from industry professionals working in the West End and beyond.
Whether you are hoping to tread the boards as a West End Professional, or whether you are looking to make friends and gain confidence, we believe this is the place for you. Our ethos is one of a true performance company where ALL students take part in ALL performances, whatever level of ability.
Every student that joins the Cotswold stage school will be an important member of our family, as we help them to grow into well-rounded, self-assured individuals. Taught in a supportive, fun and creative environment, Drama, Dance and Singing will bring young people together in a vibrant and happy community to explore the magical world of performance.
We aim to bring out the very best in every student, encourage self-belief and create opportunities for aspiring young performers. Our pupils will develop life skills which will benefit them far beyond the world of theatre and performance: COMMUNICATION and PRESENTATION skills, IMPROVISATION to help develop sharpness of mind, VOICE ARTICULATION and , PHYSICAL CO-ORDINATION and FITNESS, IMAGINATION, CREATIVITY and SELF-ESTEEM.
"It’s all an adventure that comes with a breathtaking view"
The Greatest Showman
Claire Bradshaw – Singing Tutor & Director GRNCM – Mezzo Soprano
Claire studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the National Opera Studio in London, before embarking on an almost 20 year career as a soloist in the opera world. After having children, she naturally stepped back from the performing. Claire is now a vocal tutor at the prestigious Radley College and teaches a select number of pupils privately. Her pupils have gained places at major Music and Drama Colleges and Choral scholarships at Oxbridge. Claire has always been passionate about Musical Theatre, a genre within which she has taught extensively. She has also researched the renowned Estill Voice Technique, to help inform her teaching and enhance her approach to Musical Theatre. Her singing tutoring is completely holistic, with the aim that vocalising costs the singer nothing physically, psychologically and of course, vocally.
Claire is also passionate about drama and essentially acting through singing. She absolutely loves working with children of all ages, imparting her knowledge and experience, gleaned from working with some of the top theatre and opera directors throughout her performing career.
Claire is based in Dean, near Chadlington and is thrilled to be have the opportunity to bring a weekly Stage School to Chipping Norton.
Emily Archer – Dance Tutor
Emily is Director of the Chipping Norton School of Dance, one of the most successful dedicated dance schools in the area, with nearly 20 years of experience teaching dance from Ballet & Tap to Modern Contemporary and Jazz. With students having achieved places at acclaimed London Dance and Theatre schools.
Jess Miles – Dance Tutor
Jess is a fully qualified dance teacher with BBO Dance and teaches a variety of classes at Chipping Norton School of Dance. She is also a learning support assistance at Chipping Norton School and a fully qualified swim teacher.
Jessica Ball – Dance Tutor
Jessica has a First Class Honours degree in BA(HONS) Dance from Middlesex University and tutors extensively at The Company Dance Academy in Gloucester and The Kloud Academy online. She is an experienced teacher in Contemporary, Modern, Lyrical, Jazz and Ballet techniques.
Susie Frater – Drama Tutor
BA(Hons) in Drama and English from Liverpool, PGCE from Westminster College, Oxford and an MA (Distinction) in Theatre and Performance from Goldsmiths.
Susie is an experienced Drama and Theatre practitioner. Susie has taught extensively in schools, facilitated workshops and directed and designed numerous productions from outdoor theatre at Hampton Court to working with the RSC on their playmaking projects. “I love the fact that Drama offers us the chance to be endlessly creative. It asks us questions and forces us to collaborate – to communicate – to be brave”.
Amy Southeard– Drama Tutor
Amy trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and worked for many years at Chipping Norton Theatre. Whilst there she directed many musicals with young people and recently she has worked with The Nolan Academy teaching musical theatre classes to 6-16 year olds.
Sarah Brown – Drama Tutor
At seventeen, Sarah became a member of Equity and spent a year at the Actor’s Workshop and the Actor’s Centre before going on to finish her training at Arts Ed, London. She worked in Theatre and the TV Industry before starting her family.
Sarah’s teaching experience is extensive. She is passionate about passing on her enthusiasm and passion for theatre to students of any age, her past pupils have had success gaining places at some of the top vocational schools in this country. RADA, Oxford School of Drama, Arts Ed, Drama Studio, East 15, Laines, Millenium Performing Arts, Urdang, London Studio Centre, Performers and many Theatre/Drama courses at Universities. She is also currently a LAMDA teacher and Public Centre Representative. Sarah has a 100% pass rate in her students LAMDA exams and currently has four students gaining the outstanding mark of 100% and an extremely high percentage gaining Distinctions and High Merits. Sarah writes and directs plays for children, teaches drama, runs workshops, summer schools and gives private audition coaching.
Liz Scrivener Company Manager & Director
Liz grew up in a family passionate about the arts, with a mother who studied at Central School of Drama and a father who was a talented musician and worked for the BBC often broadcasting the PROMS for Radio 4. It was inevitable that at some point in her life she would find a connection with the Performing Arts. This has come through her youngest daughter who loves Musical Theatre and performing on stage.
In partnership with Claire Bradshaw, Liz is delighted to be offering a weekly Stage School where children have the opportunity to stretch their imagination, dream a little and find their own love for Musical Theatre and the Performing Arts.
Should you have any questions about our classes or school please do not hesitate to contact her and she will be very happy to help.
Chipping Norton School of Dance
The Chipping Norton School of Dance is one of the most successful dedicated dance schools in the area. There are over 100 students on roll and classes take place throughout the week at Chipping Norton School. Classes are available in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and Musical Theatre dance. Students take exams termly, following the syllabus of the British Ballet Organisation (BBO Dance). The success rate is exceptional, with the vast majority of students achieving Merits and Distinctions and numerous pupils have gone on to secure places at major dance and drama institutions throughout the UK.