Alice Waters - Drama Teacher
Theatretrain has been a big part of my life for many years. I joined Maidstone as a student when I was thirteen and it confirmed my love for Drama! Theatretrain set me up for a career in the Performing Arts and provided me with my first experience of performing on a London stage. Following my time with Theatretrain as a student, I achieved an Extended Diploma in Performing Arts and successfully auditioned for the National Youth Theatre, where I performed in ‘Watch This Space’. Following my training for the stage I completed a course in Acting for the Screen with MN Academy in London and I am currently studying for my BA HONS in Theatre and Drama at The University of Kent. During my career so far, I have played a variety of roles in both theatre and film. Highlights include; Canterbury Shakespeare Festival, The Marlowe Theatre’s Return of the Unknown (2017 & 2018), Carphone Warehouse Advert, Summer of Rockets and Into the Woods (Film). I have been teaching for 5 years now, not just at Theatretrain, but at a variety of stage schools. I have directed multiple plays with Theatrtrain including; ‘Romeo & Juliet’ for the Shakespeare Schools Festival and ‘Eclipse’ for the National Theatre’s Connections 500 Festival. Both a great achievement for all involved. I am honoured to have been part of Theatretrain Maidstone over the last eleven years and especially loved their ten-year anniversary celebration performance. I look forward to many more years ahead!
Emma Anderson - Singing Teacher
I joined Maidstone Theatretrain when I was thirteen, not long after the centre opened, and sometimes I just can't believe that I’ve come full circle into a teaching position! It’s very exciting! Theatretrain’s forte is the strong emphasis it places on ensemble work, which I have found to be invaluable ever since. It taught me how to work closely with others and form the bonds and trust that are crucial to creating good theatre. It made the transition into further training, and finally to a career in the industry much less daunting. Since attending Theatretrain I’ve gained a diploma in musical theatre and a subsidiary diploma in production arts and stage management. I’ve performed in musicals, panto, short films, interactive children’s theatre, and toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; but now I find that singing has become my favoured discipline. I work professionally as a jazz singer, and, of course, as a singing teacher to the amazing kids at Theatretrain. I aim to pass onto them the unfailing support that I received when I attended Theatretrain myself, and to transfer my passion, not only for singing, but for all aspects of theatre.