What we offer

We have a firm background and knowledge of group dynamics and use this to help children shine in their own particular skill. We think the processes and experiences that surround the arts are as important as the performances, and we actively seek to encourage participation in all areas. Our classes are built around children’s different abilities and are a unique blend of styles. Some classes such as Creative Drama encourage students to use their own imagination, ideas and confidence as a starting point, expressing their physicality and developing the ability to express a range of emotions in the theatrical space; while others, such as Musical Theatre and Tap/Jazz involve instruction in specific techniques and may be more performance-based. We also have strong links with the local community and frequently participate in local events.

Please feel free to contact us to discuss which class(es) might best suit your child.

Aims

Established in Brighton in 2004, over the years we’ve had the pleasure of seeing the children we’ve taught, some of whom are still attending Drama Queens, grow in confidence and place their roots in the creative arts. Our aim is to introduce the dramatic and creative arts to children at a very young age and help to nurture and enhance each child’s natural ability for self-expression, creativity, confidence and talent. We provide all this in a community atmosphere, open to all personalities.

Mission

Drama Queens provides a friendly nurturing environment that enables children to maximise their strengths. While fully supported by our expert pastoral care and tuition, each child is guided through an individual creative process. While we can and do provide training for children who would like a career in the creative arts, we are just as happy to coach those who want to have fun, meet new friends and learn life skills. As we’ve said for years ‘it’s all about the journey!’

Our Team

Meet the team behind Drama Queens.

Sally Orr

Director & co-founder
Teacher: Drama

Debbie Spellman

Director & co-founder
Teacher: Singing, Musical Theatre

Andrew Allen

Teacher: Drama

Katie Beard

Teacher: Drama, Musical Theatre

Michelle Britton

Teacher: Foundation Jazz, Drama

Rebecca Goffin

Teacher: Drama, Musical Theatre

Kay Shepherd

Teacher: Tap, Jazz

Evelyn Sharp

Volunteer: Drama

Recognition

Awards, scholarships and professional placements have helped many of our students continue to expand their education and experiences within and beyond Drama Queens. We’re also glad to support a variety of charitable organizations through performances and fund raisers.

Awards and Scholarships

  • Lauren Dawes: Pebble Trust Award
  • Bessie Williams: Pebble Trust Award, National Youth Theatre entry
  • Mika Thompson: Pebble Trust Award, National Youth Theatre entry
  • Angus Ruffet: Pebble Trust Award
  • Ellie Orr: Pebble Trust Award
  • Bertie Atkinson: Pebble Trust Award, National Youth Theatre entry
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award: Volunteer support

Alumni

  • Lauren Dawes: Young Eponine, Les Miserable 25th Anniversary Tour, Paris Opera House, Barbican.
  • Lauren Dawes: Young Fiona, Shrek The Musical, Drury Lane Theatre.
  • Amelie Leatherland: Katie, School of Rock, Gillian Lynn Theatre.

Agency Affiliation

Drama Queens has an affiliation with the London-based theatrical, film and TV agency, MR Management, which has been representing Drama Queens’ students in their professional endeavors since 2010.

Safety and Security

While our classes are intended to be fun for all involved, we take the safety and security of your children very seriously. Drama Queens’ teachers carry enhanced DBS and first-aid certificates, and the venues we hire have full Public Liability insurance as do our teachers. However, your children must be supervised before and after class as we cannot accept responsibility during those times.