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      Katie Hawkins

      Katie Hawkins

      Branch Director

      Hurstpierpoint Methodist Church, 42 Cuckfield Rd, Hurstpierpoint

      • Location Hurstpierpoint Methodist Church, 42 Cuckfield Rd, Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks BN6 9RR, UK
      • Ages 5 - 11
      • Class Times
        • Starters Mondays 15.35 - 16.35
        • Juniors Mondays 16.45 - 18.45
      • Branch director Katie Hawkins

      Our aim is to encourage and nurture our students with fun and creative classes that are unique to our drama groups.

      Our small group sizes mean that you can be either a beginner or someone who has been doing drama for years and yet you’ll all get great individual development. No-one will be left out or go unchallenged!

      It’s a brilliantly fun outlet and certainly allows time to blow off some of that ‘dramatic’ energy!

      We’ll focus on the following:-

      • developing skills with training from professionals
      • understanding the worlds of acting on both screen and stage
      • creativing new characters and exploring ideas through expression of emotions and words
      • and most importantly having fun and making new friends


      Amy Brown

      Amy Brown

      Branch Director

      St. John the Evangelist, Brownswood Park, Finsbury Park, London N4

      • Location St. John the Evangelist, Brownswood Park, Queen's Drive, Finsbury Park, London, UK
      • Ages 5 - 7
      • Class Times
        • Saturdays 09.30 - 10.30
      • Branch director Amy Brown

      Our aim is to encourage and nurture our students with fun and creative classes that are unique to our drama groups.

      This age group provides the perfect introduction to drama, giving the young actors the tools to experiment with creating characters through voice and movement whilst also exploring how to ‘play’ emotions.

      It’s a brilliantly fun outlet and certainly allows time to blow off some of that ‘dramatic’ energy!

      We’ll focus on the following:-

      • developing skills with training from professionals
      • understanding the worlds of acting on both screen and stage
      • creativing new characters and exploring ideas through expression of emotions and words
      • and most importantly having fun and making new friends


      Clare Jarvis

      Clare Jarvis

      Branch Director

      Hove Methodist Church, Portland Road, Hove

      • Location Hove Methodist Church, Portland Road, Hove, UK
      • Ages 5 - 7
      • Class Times
        • Tuesdays 16.00 - 17.00
      • Branch director Clare Jarvis

      Based in the heart of Hove at the wonderful Hove Methodist Church, our Youngers is perfect for years 1 – 3 and some older reception children.

      Clare has worked as a drama teacher for the last ten years this experience includes; facilitating workshops in primary schools on the curriculum, managing a children’s drama school, leading parties and directing various plays and musical productions along the way!  Clare also visits infant schools and nursery’s taking singing dance and drama workshops and is very experienced and enthusiastic about working with this age group.

      Our aim is to encourage and nurture our students with fun and creative classes that are unique to our drama groups.

      This age group provides the perfect introduction to drama, giving the young actors the tools to experiment with creating characters through voice and movement whilst also exploring how to ‘play’ emotions.

      It’s a brilliantly fun outlet and certainly allows time to blow off some of that ‘dramatic’ energy!

      We’ll focus on the following:-

      • developing skills with training from professionals
      • understanding the worlds of acting on both screen and stage
      • creativing new characters and exploring ideas through expression of emotions and words
      • and most importantly having fun and making new friends


      Clare Jarvis

      Clare Jarvis

      Branch Director

      St Matthias Church, Hollingbury Park Ave, Fiveways, Brighton

      • Location St Matthias C Of E Church, Hollingbury Park Avenue, Brighton, UK
      • Ages 5 - 11
      • Class Times
        • Starters - Thursdays 16.00 - 17.00
        • Juniors - Thursdays 17.05 - 19.05
      • Branch director Clare Jarvis

      Our Starters groups are the perfect fun introduction to performing and make-believe where your budding actor can grow in confidence and build friendships.

      Our Juniors are perfect for first timers whilst also developing acting technique and storytelling. More emphasis is given to facilitating the actors to create their own characters and stories.

      Clare is an experienced actor and singer with over 20 years professional experience.

      She has worked as a drama teacher for the last ten years this experience includes; facilitating workshops in primary schools on the curriculum, managing a children’s drama school, leading parties and directing various plays and musical productions along the way!  Clare also visits infant schools and nursery’s taking singing dance and drama workshops and is very experienced and enthusiastic about working with these age groups.



      Luke Ofield

      Luke Ofield

      Branch Director

      The Church of the Good Shepherd, Brighton

      • Location The Church of the Good Shepherd, 272 Dyke Road, BN1 5AE
      • Ages 8 - 11
      • Class Times
        • Saturdays 09.45 - 11.45
        • Saturdays 12.00 - 14.00
      • Branch director Luke Ofield

      Our two junior drama groups at The Church of the Good Shepherd are our flagship groups.

      Set up 4 years ago, this is an amazing juniors group run by director, Luke Ofield.

      Set in a wonderfully inspiring space with easy access, these juniors are welcoming and passionate.



      Holly Ray

      Holly Ray

      Branch Director

      Emmanuel, Clarendon Villas, Hove

      • Location Emmanuel, Clarendon Villas, Hove, UK
      • Ages 8 - 15
      • Class Times
        • Juniors - Tuesdays 16.00 - 18.00
        • Seniors - Tuesdays 18.00 - 20.00
      • Branch director Holly Ray

      Holly heads up our drama groups in Hove for ages 8 – 15.

      Holly has been directing with The Young Actors Group for years and is an extremely popular and friendly director.



      Aaron Tonks

      Aaron Tonks

      Branch Director

      St Mary’s Church, Kemptown, Brighton

      • Location St Mary's Church, 61 St James' Street, Kemptown BN2 1PR
      • Ages 8 - 15
      • Class Times
        • Juniors - Thursdays 16.00 - 18.00
        • Seniors - Thursdays 18.05 - 20.05
      • Branch director Aaron Tonks

      Our Kemptown acting group serves the local vibrant artistic community with both our junior 8 – 11 age groups and our senior 12 – 15 age groups. Headed up by the amazing, Aaron.

      “I just wanted to say that this has been brilliant. It’s clear that each session is well thought out and enjoyable, and the ideas clearly conveyed. Our son has had a great time and is looking forward to next term.”



      Aaron Tonks

      Aaron Tonks

      Branch Director

      Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Kemptown, Brighton

      • Location Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Dorset Gardens, Brighton BN2 1RL, United Kingdom
      • Ages 11 - 19
      • Class Times
        • Seniors - Saturdays 13.00 - 15.00
        • Seniors - Saturdays 15.05 - 17.05
        • Advancers - Saturdays 17.15 - 19.15
      • Branch director Aaron Tonks

      Aaron Tonks heads up our Saturday acting classes in Kemptown, Brighton.

      Running ages 11 – 19 on a Saturday, it’s the perfect place to come and explore drama with a much sought after director.



      Sophie Cerys Knighton

      Sophie Cerys Knighton

      Branch Director

      The Church of The Good Shepherd, Brighton

      • Location The Church of The Good Shepherd, 272 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 5AE
      • Ages 12 - 15
      • Class Times
        • Fridays 17.30 - 19.30
      • Branch director Sophie Cerys Knighton

      Situated on the boundary between Brighton, Hove and Preston Park, this is our founding branch and typifies our culture of a strong, supportive and welcoming acting group.

      Sophie has been a director and drama tutor since 2012. She also teaches screen acting at The Academy of Creative Training, where she trained in Acting for two years. She went to Brighton Film School to learn more about filmmaking and her first short ‘Weighted’ is in currently in pre-production. She works closely with award winning production company ‘Pier Street Films’ having played lead roles and also in casting and producing.

      Her stage directorial credits include new writing nights at The Arcola and Theatre N16.

      Sophie is an associate artist of award winning theatre company ‘Broken Silence Theatre’.

      “Scarlet and Seb have really enjoyed it and feel safe and comfortable. They have felt part of the group and have been really engaged with what they have been doing. I can see that it is teaching them to observe and express emotional states – developing their emotional intelligence.”



      Aaron Tonks

      Aaron Tonks

      Branch Director

      The Church of the Good Shepherd, Brighton

      • Location Church of the Good Shepherd, Dyke Road, Brighton, UK
      • Ages 12 - 19
      • Class Times
        • Seniors - Monday 17.45 - 19.45
        • Advancers - Tuesday 18.00 - 20.00
      • Branch director Aaron Tonks

      Aaron Tonks’ Brighton based senior and advancers drama groups are extremely popular.

      These drama groups are perfect for those looking to explore performance for the first time or to continue developing their acting technique. Our advancers group is great for those looking to enter the profession.

      It’s such an important age to be within a safe, friendly and inspiring group.




      Musical Theatre Groups

      Holly Ray

      Holly Ray

      Branch Director

      Musical Theatre, The Church of the Good Shepherd, Brighton

      • Location Church of the Good Shepherd, Dyke Road, Brighton, UK
      • Ages 6 - 11
      • Class Times
        • Wednesdays 16.00 - 17.30
      • Branch director Holly Ray

      Our brand new musical theatre classes give equal emphasis to acting, singing and dancing.

      We believe that all three disciplines are equally important in becoming a brilliant musical theatre performer.

      Each term we look at different musicals, varying styles and looking at different techniques.

      It promises to be hugely fun and equally challenging, inspiring and plain silly!

      Come and join us for a taster as we launch in January by emailing holly.ray@theyoungactorsgroup.com