Theatretrain Colchester

Welcome to Theatretrain Colchester

The Oak Tree Centre
252 Harwich Road

About Us

Drama Classes, Dance Classes and Singing Classes in Colchester.
Classes run Saturdays during school term time

Come and join us at Theatretrain Colchester for  dance, drama and singing classes for 6-18 year olds. Whether you’re a West End wannabe or a shy wallflower looking to make friends and gain confidence this is the place for you. Our ethos is as a ‘performance company’ and ALL students take part in ALL productions whatever their level of ability. We believe this not only gives our students skills and confidence in performance but also respect and appreciation for each other AND the responsibility of working for the team not just themselves.
So come along…we’d love to have you on board!

Our Classes

TT Main School (6-18yrs)

Saturdays 10am-1pm

We have 3 age groups, 6-9, 9-12 and 13-18

Each group gets 1 hour of Dance, Drama & Singing
Sessions are £18.00 for 3 hours
We create amazing opportunities for our theatre school students to perform on stage in local, regional and world famous West End venues.
All students have the chance to perform every year.

Upcoming Events

Autumn Term – 8th September- 8th December

Our Approach

For over two decades we’ve championed an exhilarating approach to theatre school education in the theatrical arts for young people aged 6-18.

We teach young people to dance, act and sing in a friendly support environment that helps to build confidence and self-esteem.

Our students have the opportunity to make new friends and learn new skills.

Our theatre school brings out the best in students, builds confidence, and gives aspiring young actors opportunities of a lifetime via our large scale London shows and our smaller local shows each year.
We accept students from areas around Colchester
No auditions are necessary as we teach them everything they need to know!

Our Team

Becky Curtis - Dance

My name is Becky and I have been teaching with Theatretrain since 2010. I have a traditional dance background having studied Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap and National at the Quay school of Dance before going on to study for my BA Honours Degree in Dance at the University of Surrey and King Alfred’s College Winchester. During my degree I trained in Contemporary, Kathak, African and Urban dance styles, as well as specialising in Choreography. I also took part in masterclasses and residencies that include contact improvisation with Namron from The Place, Chicago at the Adelphi Theatre and a collaborative light and dance project with David Harridine. I have been teaching since the age of eighteen, offering summer school workshops and festival tuition at my former dance school, and then more formally by beginning my teaching career in 2006. I have been fortunate to work in some fantastic schools that celebrate Performing Arts and have allowed me to train with The Royal Ballet School, Hofesh Schecter Company and Rambert to name but a few. I teach at Ipswich High School - set in the amazing Woolverstone Hall - where I am the Head of Dance. I teach GCSE and A Level Dance, as well as curriculum and enrichment dance lessons, musical theatre and trampolining. My Theatretrain choreography credits include: Now Then - Sadler’s Wells, 20@O2, Step Into Christmas - The Adelphi Theatre, How to Make a Hero - Royal Albert Hall, 25th anniversary show - Royal Albert Hall. I really look forward to Theatretrain on Saturdays. I’m really lucky that I do what I love pretty much every day. I am also TT tinies and minis teacher at the Sudbury centre where - along with former Colchester pupil Lissy Campbell - we are teaching the little Theatretrain stars of the future! When I’m not teaching, I am a busy mum to Warrick who has just turned five. He definitely keeps me on my toes! My top tips for success: Smile, do what you love, find your core and use it every day and finally: You’re only as good as your last class, routine or show, so bring your ‘A’ game every time!

Andrea Dalton - Act

I trained as a Primary school teacher and hold an Associate Diploma in teaching Performing Arts, (Distinction). I currently teach at 2 theatre schools, chaperone for the BBC, and am a tour co-ordinator for a professional pantomime company. I love working with children and young people, and the performing arts; Theatretrain offers the perfect combination! I also regularly perform in local productions; recent roles have included Margaret Thatcher and Peter Pan.

Leah Cave - Sing

I'm currently in my third year of studying Musical Theatre at University Centre Colchester which I am really enjoying. I grew up in a very musical family who taught me pretty much everything i know about music which has blessed me with a love and appreciation for music from a young age. I have always had a passion for performing but especially for singing, and a love for harmonies! For the past 3 years I have been part of a close harmony singing group called Singdicate Vocal Ensemble where we have performed pieces with 12 part harmony. This year I have also been Musical Director for two shows; Joseph And The Technicolor Dreamcoat and Sleeping Beauty (a pantomime) for KYDS youth drama society. Throughout my life I have had various singing teachers and so I know from first hand experience what makes a good teacher, I aim to teach how I like being taught! To challenge everyone but also allow everyone to have fun! I have discovered an absolute love for teaching and seeing improvements from children being made each week, and their confidence grow over time.