All of our dynamic workshop facilitators are professionally trained and experienced in working with children, acting coaching, directing, mentoring and facilitating ‘plays in one day’ productions and performances and hold DBS certificates and public liability insurance.

  • Simon Bates
    Simon Bates Founder and Director

    Simon is an experienced professional actor who has trained people all over the world.

    He has studied drama and taught children drama for many years and has also worked as a professional actor for over ten years.

    He has worked alongside many reputable actors such as Sir Ian Mckellen, John Hannah and Ray Winston and have held down cast parts in various well known Theatre, TV and Film productions such as Shameless, Hollyoaks and Emmerdale recently winning the Best Actor Award at the Milan Film Festival for ‘The Switch’ plus Best Actor in ‘Blind Faith’ at the Lift-Off Liverpool, London and Las Vegas Film Festivals.

    At the beginning of this year he recently returned from working in China for UKCI with the Chinese National Youth Theatre BNU where he wrote and directed a musical theatre show about Roald Dahl called ‘Pure Imagination’ for Chinese audiences for thousands of spectators at three main theatres all over China.

    They were heavily nominated and won four awards including best performance over all competing theatre companies in China at the Drama Festival 2016.

    Including this, he has been working with BAFTA award winning writer and director Rachel Tilleston in universities delivering acting and directing workshops.

    Simon has a new film out soon called ‘Local Produce’ which will be premiered at Hyde Park picture house Leeds on 19th May 2017.

  • Jane Bates
    Jane Bates Director

    Jane has spent most of her working life within the media in marketing and advertising management.

    Working on both national and local newspapers, radio and magazines, Jane has perfected the art of motivation and her enthusiasm is infectious!

    More recently Jane has stepped into the acting world working on tv on such programmes as Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Shameless and numerous tv dramas!

    She has also appeared on Countdown and is indeed a  “Come Dine With Me” winner

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