Theatretrain Exeter

Welcome to Theatretrain Exeter

St. Peter’s Church of England Aided School
Quarry Lane

01392 914066

About Us

Drama Classes, Dance Classes and Singing Classes in Exeter.

Classes run Saturdays during school term time.
Come and join us at Theatretrain Exeter for  dance, drama and singing classes for 4-18 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 in our main school, 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 £20 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.

TT Minis (4-5yrs)

Saturdays 9.45am-11.15am

Every student receives 30 minutes of Dance, Drama and Singing each week.
Sessions are just £10

Upcoming Events & Term Dates

Summer Term: 27th April – 13th July
Autumn Term: 7th September – 7th December

Half-Term Workshops: 28th & 29th May 2019

Move! at the Royal Albert Hall: 23rd June 2019

Half-Term Musical Theatre Workshops

TUESDAY 28th MAY – Disney Musicals
Celebrating all things Disney. Come and join us as we dance, act and sing excerpts from some of the fabulous Disney musicals which include The Lion King, Newsies, Frozen, Mary Poppins Returns and more…

This workshop takes place at The Venue, Uffculme.


WEDNESDAY 29th MAY – The Land of Oz
Join us on an adventure exploring all things Oz. Featuring some classic musicals (The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz, Wicked and The Muppets Wizard of Oz) students will be acting, dancing and singing  various aspects of these shows. They will also get to work with West End performed Nikki Mae who will be running a session on Wicked.

This workshop takes place at St Peter’s C of E School, Exeter.

Both workshops run from 0930 – 1630, are open to any children aged 6-18 years and cost £30 per person (save 15% if booked before 11th May). Sibling discount is also available.

Places can be booked here.

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 our children how to Dance, Act and Sing in performing arts classes at St. Peter’s Church of England Aided School, with our unique approach inspiring much more of the children’s own creativity.

Our Stage 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.

In Exeter, we also love to give our students the opportunity to travel and perform internationally, building friendships with other like-minded children across the globe. Trips to London, Europe and New York are all on the cards in the next few years.

We accept students from areas around Exeter including Crediton, Tiverton, Honiton, Exmouth, Okehampton, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot and even further afield.
No auditions are necessary as we teach them everything they need to know and are just looking for super enthusiastic, dedicated students to join our family!

Our Team

Centre Director and Drama – Paul Clark
Paul is a highly regarded actor, director and teacher of drama with nearly 20 years experience in the Performing Arts industry working with both young people and adults. He has worked professionally as an entertainer and actor but also enjoys going back to his roots and joining in with local amateur societies where he has played numerous roles. He created the role of Rando in the world premier of the musical Berlin and has appeared numerous times in West End variety concerts. Although he still enjoys performing, Paul has more recently found himself ‘behind the scenes’ as a director and enjoys the challenge of finding new ways to stage various productions. Until he moved to Devon three years ago, Paul taught drama and singing to 6 – 18 year olds at Theatretrain Rugby. He is now very excited to be opening his own centre in Exeter and is looking forward to all the amazing opportunities that he can give to the pupils.

Dance – Sarah Dean
Sarah is in her third year at the University of Exeter studying BA (Hons) Drama. She began dancing at the age of two and whilst she may not have done anything particularly impressive at that age, her passion for dance has stuck. She has had the privilege of competing regionally with ballet and national dance. She has performed in venues such as Her Majesty’s Theatre, London as well as Exeter’s very own Northcott Theatre, in the cast of The Producers and Singin’ in the Rain with Exeter University Footlights. With a plethora of dance qualifications including Ballet Advanced 1 RAD and ISTD, Modern Advanced 1 and Jazz Gold, she has choreographed shows such as Pasek and Paul’s Dogfight, excerpts of The Lion King, Mary Poppins and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Smokey Joe’s. Sarah is thrilled to be joining Theatretrain Exeter.

Singing – Bronwen Davies-Jones
Bronwen is a third year student studying a BA (Hons) in Drama. She has had a lot of experience in the singing arts growing up. Her father being a musician provided her with countless opportunities to perform and take part on professional tours around the country as a session musician. In addition she has taken part in many performance groups similar to Theatretrain, performing annual shows at various local theatres. Other roles she has taken include assistant musical director and vocal coach in three school productions. The traditional music culture inspired the style of her teaching today. Other experience she has has includes touring as a backing vocalist on the arts funded Seam tour, as well as being a session musician on the album. Venues she has performed in include the Sage Gateshead and West Minster Central Hall. All this experience has allied with her work at university taking the role of official musical director in a show called BAM.

Minis Teacher – Victoria Balster
Victoria is delighted to be teaching for Theatretrain Exeter. She holds a degree in Performing Arts and has an extensive performance background in stage, TV and film productions. Her TV/film and stage credits include Dr Who, Casualty, Larkrise To Candleford, The Four Seasons, and numerous roles in Rosamunde Pilcher films, as well as Murder In The Cathedral, Love & Fire, Intimate Exchanges, Tartuffe & Miss Julie. She currently writes for and fronts her rock band “Out of Isca” performing original material at festivals, theatres and public houses.
Victoria has taught for various stage schools and theatre companies all over the South West and currently teaches drama for The Pavilions Arts Centre in Teignmouth, Combe Pafford School in Torquay, and also for The Junk Monkey Theatre Company in Teignmouth. Victoria is looking forward to an exciting time with Theatretrain Exeter!

Minis Assistant – Ailish Farrell
Currently a first year student at the university of Exeter, Ailish was previously a member of the Redbridge Theatre Workshop for 7 years. She has performed in a range of musicals and plays, including Gargantua at the national theatre (2016). Previously she has worked as a teaching assistant at Redbridge drama centre, specialising in teaching theatre skills to the 4 to 6 age group.

Centre Manager – Kate Hawkins
Kate is an experienced Critical Care Nurse, who after completing her degree in Cardiothorcic Intensive Care in London set up her Medical Consultancy and Training company here in the South West. During the week she can be found teaching life saving skills to medical and nursing staff. She has Post Graduate Certificates in both education and teaching  children  with specific learning difficulties- which is a particular interest of her’s. She is a volunteer Community First Responder with South West Ambulance Service. She is mum to Scarlett ( 8 ) who has been attending Theatre Train for almost a year, and Oliver (15) who is more interested in tractors than performing. During her time off she enjoys spending time with her ever expanding number of pets and travelling with her husband who works on a cruise ship.

Paul Clark

Centre Director & Drama Teacher

Sarah Dean

Dance Teacher

Bronwen Davies-Jones

Singing Teacher

Victoria Balster

Minis Teacher

Ailish Farrell

Minis Assistant

Kate Hawkins

Centre Manager