About us.

The Theatre Factory was established in 2011 by Leanne Stephens.

Leanne ran schools and franchise centres in London and decided it was time to open her very own back in her home town. Leanne graduated from Mountview Theatre School in London with a BA Honours degree in Musical Theatre.

Leanne had a successful performing career and then decided to pursue her teaching career taking a PGCE in Education. She has a very successful teaching record with a 100% pass rate in all pupils who have entered exams over the past 11 years with 98% of those receiving high end distiction grades. Leanne has delivered many workshops professionally in and around the UK.

Our vision for the Theatre Factory is to make it more of an all round performing arts centre and we are expanding our private tuition to non Theatre Factory members.

With now just over 45 pupils aged 6-15 years who come together each Saturday:

  • 09.00 – 09.45: Minis (Reception to year 2)
  • 10.00 – 12.00: Juniors (year 3-6)
  • 12.30 – 14.30: Seniors (year 7 upwards)

Leanne is also there every single night from 4-9 weeknights, available for private tuition.

Each year we train pupils to perform in a fully licensed full scale production which is staged in a local Theatre. All of our pupils are currently committed to making our productions the best they can be. We choose fun engaging musicals with plenty of parts and opportunities for everyone.

In auditions for the school we are looking for individuals who share our love of Musical Theatre and who can comfortably sing and act in front of others. They will need to be ok with taking direction and will be guided and nurtured through their training. Confidence is built through a supportive environment so we encourage our pupils to support each other and to feel relaxed enough to be able to experiment and perform.