In February 2024, we will begin rehearsing for our June show at RADA Studios in London. Between 10 February and 30 June 2024, we will be accepting applications to train, but new students will only be able to join us from July 2024.
We launched in September 2022, brand new... but don't be fooled. Our incredible team has a huge amount of experience in elite-level professional theatre and performing arts education. Just scroll down to find out more!
We offer serious triple-threat (singing, acting, dance) training for young people who are passionate about performing and musical theatre. Our classes build confidence, self-esteem, and communication skills, but our main aim is to provide the very highest quality training, equipping young people with the tools to succeed in an extremely competitive industry.
We are committed to championing diversity and inclusivity in the performing arts, and actively encourage applications from young people and families from all backgrounds, and with any additional needs.
We believe that, with our training, and the right attitude, anyone can achieve success at The Musical Theatre Centre, so places to train are available to every young person aged 7-19, with no requirement to audition - that is, until classes reach maximum capacity!
All students must attend Core Training in Singing, Acting, and Dance (Saturdays, 10am - 1pm), and then have the option to add private, one-to-one tuition in singing, acting, and/or dance, if desired.
We impose no restriction on students taking additional training elsewhere. Some of our students train exclusively with us, while others come to us for best-in-class musical theatre training but also take classes at other performing arts centres or dance schools across London, Essex, Suffolk, and Hertfordshire.
Discounts of up to 50% on fees are available via auditioned scholarships, and we also offer the option to pay fees monthly, rather than termly.
Every person is unique, with their own specific needs and abilities. That's why we never accept more than 25 students in any class: this way, no-one can be lost in a crowd. This helps us to truly know each individual and to genuinely support their progress and aspirations.
We provide weekly Personal Skills classes to support the mental and emotional health of our young people. These sessions focus on mindfulness, life skills, and developing self-esteem and confidence.
Every young person who trains with us is assigned a mentor who meets with them at least once every term to check in, catch up, discuss any worries or concerns, and to support their development, mental health, and help them to work towards their long-term goals.
(he/him) Ashton Moore is a musical director, composer, musician and teacher. His teaching experience includes Stagebox (visiting musical director/singing teacher for centres in London, Edinburgh, Leeds & Manchester) and Singer Stage School in Southend-on-Sea, where he was the Head of Singing from 2014 to 2021. His credits as a musician and musical director include Get Up Stand Up (Lyric Theatre, West End), What Happens Next? (Edinburgh Fringe), West End Musical Christmas (Lyric Theatre, West End), and countless productions across the UK, at venues including the Buxton Opera House, Theatre Peckham, the Ritz Hotel, the Hippodrome Casino, and the Barbican Centre.
Ashton's original musical SAMSON is currently in professional development, and was most recently workshopped with West End stars including Cedric Neal, Trevor Dion Nicholas, and Sharon Rose. Ashton's original musical I Wish has been performed at both the Palace Theatre, Southend, and the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford. His original shows, songs, and scores have been performed at venues including The Other Palace, the Theatre Royal Stratford East, the New Wimbledon Theatre, and the Winchester Discovery Centre. In 2016, he was selected from over 300 composers as one of nine National Finalists for the Perfect Pitch Musical Theatre Writing Award.
(she/her) Biancha-Maria Szynal graduated from The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, London, in 2012, and has since worked extensively in London's West End, throughout the UK, and overseas. Biancha-Maria made her West End debut aged 11, in Billy Elliot (Original Cast, Victoria Palace Theatre), and her performing credits after graduation include Ghost (Ensemble & 1st cover Molly, English Theatre, Frankfurt), Matilda (Acrobat & 1st cover Miss Honey, Cambridge Theatre, West End), Everybody's Talking About Jamie (Swing, Apollo Theatre, West End), Bring It On (Kylar & 1st cover Campbell, UK Tour), and Legally Blonde (Swing & 1st cover Brooke Wyndham, Regents Park Open Air Theatre, London). Biancha-Maria has also appeared as an ensemble vocalist in the 2021 Amazon Studios film Everybody's Talking About Jamie, and as an ensemble dancer in the 2022 Netflix film Matilda the Musical.
Biancha-Maria has worked extensively with young people, with her choreography credits including youth theatre productions of Fame, Alice in Wonderland, Billy Elliot, and RENT. Biancha-Maria is a performer and teacher in extremely high demand, and she enjoys inspiring young people to develop into powerful, versatile performers.
(she/her) Hannah O'Brien trained at the world-renowned Central School of Ballet, graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in Professional Dance and Performance in 2018. Hannah is a highly sought-after performer with a range of first-class dance and theatre experience, including numerous projects with Matthew Bourne's New Adventures (Cinderella - London, UK Tour, and International Tour, and development work for Romeo & Juliet). Hannah is a former All England Dance National Champion in both contemporary and lyrical styles of dance, and she was selected as one of the final 10 dancers in the classical section of the BBC Young Dancer of the Year in 2016/17.
Hannah is a qualified ISTD and RAD teacher with rich and varied experience of teaching dance for Musical Theatre, as well as Contemporary dance, Commercial dance, and Ballet. Most recently, Hannah's teaching experience includes LMA London (BA Hons - Dance Performance Course), Junior Masters Performing Arts, and teaching for The Royal Opera House's Chance to Dance programme, in partnership with The Royal Ballet. Hannah is a passionate and dynamic teacher who enjoys working with young people to build resilience and to realise their potential in all aspects of dance and the performing arts.
(she/her) Ailish Murphy trained at The International College of Musical Theatre in London, and has an eclectic mix of performing and teaching experience, specialising in acting, singing and musical theatre. She most recently played “Betty” in the International Tour of The Blues Brothers - On A Mission From God. Other credits include Off
(she/her) Ailish Murphy trained at The International College of Musical Theatre in London, and has an eclectic mix of performing and teaching experience, specialising in acting, singing and musical theatre. She most recently played “Betty” in the International Tour of The Blues Brothers - On A Mission From God. Other credits include Officer Barrel (Urinetown), Cinderella (Pantomime), Sukie Rougemont (The Witches of Eastwick), and Hall (Men On Boats).
(she/her) Natasha Mason trained at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, following a Distinction in Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance & Production Arts with Dimensions Dance Company. Recently Natasha has been touring the UK with the multi-award-winning Spirit of the Dance. Natasha was a featured dance artiste at the 2023 Eurovision
(she/her) Natasha Mason trained at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, following a Distinction in Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance & Production Arts with Dimensions Dance Company. Recently Natasha has been touring the UK with the multi-award-winning Spirit of the Dance. Natasha was a featured dance artiste at the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, and she has wide experience in teaching a number of styles of dance for the University of Liverpool and the Amanda Restell Academy of Dance.
(she/her) Katie-Elizabeth Allgood graduated from Performers College and has worked extensively across the UK and internationally, as a character and performer at Disneyland Paris, touring the country with musical productions of Fantastic Mr. Fox ("Baby Fox") and The Wizard of Oz ("Dorothy"), and taking numerous lead roles in pantomimes a
(she/her) Katie-Elizabeth Allgood graduated from Performers College and has worked extensively across the UK and internationally, as a character and performer at Disneyland Paris, touring the country with musical productions of Fantastic Mr. Fox ("Baby Fox") and The Wizard of Oz ("Dorothy"), and taking numerous lead roles in pantomimes and family theatre. Katie-Elizabeth has a passion for building self-esteem in performers of all ages, and for developing mindfulness and positive mental health.
(he/him) Francesco Manfredi is a trained actor and graduate of the National Youth Film Academy, who has appeared in a number of theatrical productions in London and Essex. Away from the stage, Francesco works professionally with the NHS, at care homes, and with the charity Rethink Mental Illness as a Mental Health Advocate, directly guidi
(he/him) Francesco Manfredi is a trained actor and graduate of the National Youth Film Academy, who has appeared in a number of theatrical productions in London and Essex. Away from the stage, Francesco works professionally with the NHS, at care homes, and with the charity Rethink Mental Illness as a Mental Health Advocate, directly guiding and empowering young people and adults of all ages, as well as supporting and assisting medical staff providing mental healthcare.
Not only are our regular weekly tutors all currently or recently active in high-level professional theatre, we also have a wide range of visiting guest tutors who visit us to run masterclasses and training sessions. Below are some of the guest tutors who have taught for us since our launch in September 2022.
Theatre includes: Eliza in Hamilton (West End), Sylvia Pankhurst in Sylvia (Old Vic, London), Joanne in Jingle Jangle (Netflix) and featured roles in West End productions.of Beautiful, Caroline, or Change, and Motown the Musical.
Theatre includes: My Fair Lady, Chitty Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Cats, Top Hat, and Billy Elliot (all West End), work with Arlene Phillips, Gillian Lynne, and Trevor Nunn, and teaching for top London colleges including ArtsEd, Mountview, and GSA.
Theatre includes: Matilda in Matilda (Original Cast, RSC Stratford), Gretl von Trapp in The Sound of Music (West End), Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (West End), and Young Cosette in Les Miserables (West End).
Theatre includes: Rita Marley in Get Up Stand Up (West End), for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award, Nabalungi in The Book of Mormon (West End), and featured roles in Whistle Down the Wind (West End), and Avenue Q (UK Tour).
Theatre includes: Six (West End and Broadway) as both Catherine Parr & Jane Seymour.
Theatre includes The Book of Mormon, Get Up, Stand Up, Dirty Dancing, and Motown the Musical (all West End).
Theatre includes: Albus in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (West End).
Theatre includes: Original Catherine of Aragon in Six (West End and UK Tour).
Credits include Gorillaz, Killing Eve, The Bill & Jonathan Creek, and numerous projects for Sony, the BBC, Disney, and Google.
Musical Director: Rock of Ages (UK Tour) and Bohemian Rhapsody (UK Tour), Nathan James, Hugh Maynard.
Credits include Beauty and the Beast (London/UK Tour), Carousel (Regents Park) and Aladdin (UK Tour).
Credits include: Oklahoma (West End), Ghost (UK Tour) and "Mary Magdalene" in Jesus Christ Superstar (World Tour).
Musical Director: Get Up, Stand Up (West End), Misty (New York), work with Stormzy & Mel C.
Theatre includes: Half a Sixpence and Billy Elliot (West End) & Mamma Mia (World Tour).
Theatre includes: Victor/Ensemble in Cabaret (West End).
Theatre includes: Mrs Doubtfire (Manchester, UK Tour & West End).