Theatretrain Reading is led by an excellent team of professionals. We have many years of professional performance training and experience and it is our passion to develop, challenge and inspire every young person that we are privileged to work alongside.
Theatretrain Reading has been run by Centre Director, Tiffany King for the past 12 years. ‘It is so important for me that we continue to create a wonderful fun and family supportive environment at Theatretrain Reading. It is within this environment that we can really stretch and challenge each student artistically and develop their confidence. I am so passionate to see each student succeed and it is my focus to ensure I continue to offer exceptional training and performance opportunities each year.’
Drama is led by Tiffany King (Centre Director).
Tiffany King is an experienced professional having performed in numerous productions including the UK tour of the Jungle Book, a Director/Choreographer for the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, LAMDA coach, Modern/Jazz dance teacher, Former Head of Dramatic Arts at St. Joseph’s College, Current Head of Drama at Reddam House, Director of International project EDERED as well as the Centre Director of Theatretrain Reading for the past 12 years.
TIFFANY WAS INVITED TO BUCKINGHAM PALACE IN 2011 IN A RECEPTION GIVEN BY THE QUEEN AND DUKE OF EDINBURGH FOR HER ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE PERFORMING ARTS.
Tiffany directed, choreographed and wrote the Concert show Respect: The Aretha Franklin Songbook (UK Tour) which featured a stellar line-up of artists including Olivier Award winning Actress Amber Riley, Mica Paris, Jaki Graham and Cleopatra Higgins. She is currently writing under commission for Vision Arts and Redbridge Drama Centre, London (Jungle Book: The Game and Alice in Winter Wonderland). This summer, she also directed Peter Pan for British Youth Music Theatre at Powderham Castle and An Evening with Mrs Terrell at British Library.
Dance is led by James Lowrie, an accomplished and technically strong dancer who has an energetic and passionate focus when it comes to teaching dance! James also teaches our Theatretrain Minis classes. James offers his skills to our youngest students and hopes to inspire them all through his teaching. James is currently performing in the International Tour of Bat Out of Hell.
Charlotte Steen and Shekinah Macfarlane complete the Theatretrain artistic line-up as our singing coaches. Shekinah has achieved many exceptional performances including: the ‘Sour Kangaroo’ in Seussical, Godspell in Concert soloist ‘Be by my Side’ and u/s Shenzi in the Lion King. Shekinah is currently performing in the UK Tour of SIX.
Charlotte Steen trained at Laine Theatre Arts. She recently performed in the 5 star Edinburgh Festival hit musical ‘I wish my life were like a musical’!
Theatre credits include: Liebeswooosh in Bat out of Hell (Dominion Theatre), 42nd Street (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Kiss me Kate (Luxembourg), Rock of Ages (UK tour), We will Rock You (International arena tour), Pop Factor (UK tour), Eurobeat (Pleasance Grand, Edinburgh)
Our visiting artistic team of professionals include: Corey Cross, Tom Self and Christopher Tendai.
Christopher Tendai also have many wonderful shows under his belt including ‘In the Heights’ and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. He is currently performing in the hit West End show ‘Hamilton’.
Sarah Hunt is our Centre Assistant and First Aider. Sarah is the point of contact for all Threatretrain enquires during Saturday sessions. Sarah has two children, she is warm, friendly and has over Ten years’ experience working with Children and Young People. Sarah was a Deputy Manager at Woodley Pre-School where she was also the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator), she is level 3 qualified in Child Care, level 2 qualified in Safeguarding Children, Behavioural Management and Conflict Resolution in Children and Adults as well as level 2 qualified Paediatric First Aider.
What our students, parents and invited audience have to say about our school, Theatretrain Reading:
‘Our daughter loves Theatretrain. She did a year and half with TT minis, where she picked up skills you never expect from your six-year-old – like improvisation! The main school provides brilliant tuition in drama, dance, and singing. Since she started, she’s been involved in a show twice a year, which is a chance for the students to perform, but also for the parents to get an insight into the passion the staff have. Tiffany, who runs the Reading school, is a force of nature – she brings huge energy and care to every interaction with the students, and creates amazing shows for them to perform in. We value the confidence our daughter is building up, and for her, it’s just something she finds great fun. It is her favourite activity outside of school’. – Parent, Ind Family
‘I am writing to thank you for the invitation to the spectacular Theatretrain Playathon I attended on Saturday evening. I was completely blown away by the quality of the music and drama which I have no doubt is only possible due to your wonderful teaching and leadership. The entire evening was completely enthralling and I enjoyed every minute of it. It was truly such a joy to see young people who were working at such a high level and with such depth’. (The Mayor of Reading, Cllr Livingstone)
‘I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and all your team for a
fabulous show last night. Ellie had an absolute blast taking part and as an
audience member it was a fantastic show to watch. You could really see how
much hard work and effort the students and all your team had put in. You
must be so proud of them’. (Parent TT Minis, C. Woolfenden)
‘First of all a HUGE congratulations on such a wonderful, wonderful show.
Off the scale.
It has been a privilege to see those youngsters deliver a funny, intelligent tight show which was sung with such passion.
Thank you for the heart, soul and time that you devote to our kids’. (Parent S. Murray)
‘I feel so lucky to be working with people who create phenomenal theatre and to be able to call them close friends. And part of that privilege was granted by you- so I would once again like to say a MASSIVE thank you for all your support and help- I hope you feel it was worth it- because I CERTAINLY DO! thank you thank you thank you, I can’t wait to keep developing as an actor and to share all my new skills in class!’ (Student J. Livesey)