Theatre Arts Course

A Theatre Arts course designed to be the first stage in your performing career

The Theatre Arts Course at Tring Park is designed to give pupils aged 11-14 a full range of vocational skills together with a solid grounding in the Performing Arts.

Pupils on the Theatre Arts Course take part in technique classes, workshops and performances, learning a broad range of skills in a variety of settings.

When pupils have completed the Theatre Arts Course, they are well equipped with the core skills needed to move through the School to the Performance Foundation Course, before progressing to either the Drama or Musical Theatre Courses in the Sixth Form.

Helping you reach your potential

Our Theatre Arts Course is delivered by a dynamic and dedicated teaching team. Through regular assessment and teacher-pupil feedback, the Theatre Arts course at Tring Park ensures each individual is stretched to achieve their potential.


Our Theatre Arts Course provides a solid grounding in the core acting techniques including:

  • Improvisation and devising classes, developing pupils' creative potential
  • Voice classes and the chance to take LAMDA exams
  • Exploring physicality and character development

Classes aim to build confidence and increase presentation skills, with a strong focus on consolidating the basic techniques required as an actor.


Our Theatre Arts Course gives pupils a thorough training in dance, one of the core skills of a professional performer. The Course includes:

  • Classes in Classical Ballet, Modern and Tap, working on technique and presentation
  • Conditioning classes to develop pupils' fitness and stamina
  • Musical Theatre work and performance skills


Our Theatre Arts Course includes comprehensive training in singing:

  • Estill voice classes to promote healthy voice use and develop technique
  • Group singing classes to improve ear training and harmony work
  • Solo singing assessments to develop presentation skills and acting through song
  • Live public performances - a chance to shine on stage

Pupils participate in projects throughout the year which may involve musical or classical theatre or devised work, often resulting in a public performance.

All pupils on the course work towards a large scale production in the School's Markova Theatre in March. Recent shows have included Cinderella, Honk, Seussical the Musical, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Bugsy Malone and On This Island.

For more information please contact: Director of Performance Foundation and Theatre Arts Courses, Louisa Shaw Tel. 01442 821513.

Director of Theatre Arts and Performance Foundation Courses: Louisa Shaw

Louisa began teaching at Tring Park whilst still performing in the original West End production of Mary Poppins in which she created the role of Katie Nanna.  Prior to this Louisa spent twenty years as a professional performer playing principal roles in musicals such as Cats, Les Miserables, Martin Guerre, Witches of Eastwick and Fame. She can be heard on several cast albums including Mary Poppins, Doctor Dolittle, Martin Guerre and Les Miserables 10th and 25th Anniversary Concerts.

Louisa was appointed Head of the Performance Foundation Course and is now Director of the Performance Foundation and Theatre Arts Courses.  Over the last few years, has directed and staged in-house productions of the musicals Rent, The Wiz, Fame, Smokey Joe’s Café, Godspell and most recently, Sister Act

Deputy Director - Theatre Arts & Performance Foundationa Courses: Jane Verrall

Musical Director - Theatre Arts & Performance Foundation Courses: Chris Newton

Chris initially trained as a classical French Horn player. However, his interest in the theatre led him to Middlesex Polytechnic where he was able to develop his skills as a Conductor and Musical Director. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in Performance Arts.  He has worked professionally as a Musical Director/Conductor, most recently for the original West End production of Dirty Dancing. Other credits as Musical Director include Saturday Night Fever (Apollo Victoria, two UK tours and the Scandinavian) and Starlight Express in Germany. He was also the assistant Musical Director on both the Germany production and the Swiss/European Tour of Cats.  Chris joined the faculty at Tring Park in September 2012 as Musical Director for the Theatre Arts and Performance Foundation Courses.


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