Short History

ACTS (Ayres Clark Theatre School) was the inspiration of Hilary Ayres and Emma Clark who wanted to encourage children and adults to follow their dreams of performing. Those thoughts and ideas have built the group into the ever expanding, successful and fun group that it is today.  Maxine Everett, a partner, who is also our dance teacher, has performed in most of the top West End shows since leaving The Laine Theatre Arts college.  She is passionate about her craft, and is committed to coaching the children to reach their full potential.

The aim of the group is to offer as much or a little as any one student wants, and give them the opportunity to perform on stage, and maybe help shape their life.

We are completely independent (not a franchise) and with the strong roots that we have put down, are able to move and change with the wants and needs of the children. It is not our ambition to make the children famous now, but to give them the tools of the trade that will lead to fame in the future, if that is what they want.

We are also fortunate to have Katherine Hare teach our singing, and direct our shows.  She was resident director on Sunny Afternoon, the Kinks musical, and has been a mentor on one of the Gareth Malone choir TV shows.  She was trained at The Guildford School of Acting, and Mountview.

Dominique Santarelli teaches our drama and LAMDA exams.

Former students have won places at Guildhall School of Music, Ballet Rambert, London Studios, Bodyworks, Millennium, Arts Educational, Performers, and Urdang Academy.   Ashlee Irish, a former pupil is now in Dreamgirls at The Savoy Theatre.