Do you live in or around Old Trafford and does your child…

  • Love performing & dream of being on the West End stage, on TV or in film?
  • Want to learn how to act, sing and dance?
  • Want to meet & make friends with children who share their interests?

Does this sound like your child? Then Footlights Old Trafford is the right place for them.

Where we are: We’re based at Seymour Grove Primary School in Old Trafford, Manchester (Map here) on Saturdays (see ‘Class Times’ below for more details)

Your child is welcome for a free trial at anytime, for more information please email or call Khara on 07470 520440


Opening in 2016, Footlights Old Trafford is owned by Khara Joseph Pemberton and she loves it! Khara joined Footlights in 2014 as an actress and impressed us so much we couldn’t let her go! She taught classes for over two years before deciding she wanted to run her own Footlights Stage School.

Khara is a natural teacher, with her magnetic personality and smile. In addition to Footlights Old Trafford, she also teaches acting at our Media City school and at Prestwich stage school – she absolutely dedicates her life to teaching and loves to see the children and young people progress.

Khara trained at the old Arden School of Theatre, she has performed at The Contact Theatre, The Lowry and Z Arts in Manchester. She also delivers one to one acting lessons, working on script work and understanding the text, coaches singing and voice work and has also written and directed most of our footlights Summer school shows!

The Footlights Head Office is based at Media City in Manchester, just around the corner from the main hub of the BBC & ITV studios.  We we were established in 2005 by our founder Jo Fisher, a trained actor and teacher, and who continues to have a hands-on role across our stage schools. Read more about Footlights and our history here.

We have robust processes to keep your child safe; all of our staff have DBS status and a trained first aider is always on site at each of our venues. You can read and download our safeguarding policy here.

What to expect

During your child’s time at Footlights Nottingham, our tutors will mentor them to help them realise their dreams of becoming a performer, by sharing their professional experiences, as well as facilitating and teaching performance techniques.

Footlights delivers quality performing arts training and our aim is to ensure that each child gets the most out of their experience by building their essential life skills and instilling confidence, whilst having lots of fun and meeting new friends. In addition to core performing arts skills, they will,

    • Have confidence when socialising and in nursery or school
    • Be encouraged to talk expressively in a structured, yet exciting forum
    • Be inspired when taking part in discussions
    • Be listened to when building skills in decision making
    • Always be working as part of a team

Their learning will give them the basics and arguably the most important components of the performing arts.

The younger the child is when they take up an activity or interest the better, as in the right environment and with the right teacher they underpin the foundation to their learning and will already have a head-start on their peers.

You will find the Footlights approach friendly and energetic. We pride ourselves on inclusivity and being an encouraging company for your child to thrive in acting, singing and dance. We have superb progression rates from our schools, with the majority of our young students going onto performing arts colleges and drama schools.

We know you want to find the right balance between ensuring your child gets a good performing arts education, has fun and at the same time keeps up with their important mainstream education. We understand this, so this is why our method to developing your child’s Acting, Singing and Dancing will complement their academic studies. Plus, at Footlights, your child will benefit from the opportunity to take internationally recognised examinations through LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts).

There is also the option for students to audition for professional work in film, theatre and modelling via our agency, Footlights Personal Management (our recent successes include Game of Thrones and the CBBC series ‘KATY’).

Book a free trial today at Footlights Nottingham and see for yourself.

Want to know more? Why not take a look at our FAQ’s

Class Times

9.45am –  11.15am  3 years – 6 years
9.45am –  1pm   7 years – 18 years

From 3 years  -18 years, all classes are taught in age groups, with two different tutors specialising in acting, singing and dance.

Staff Profiles

Khara Pemberton

Khara Pemberton

Franchisee & Owner

Khara trained at the old Arden School of Theatre and has professionally performed at The Contact Theatre, The Lowry and Z Arts in Manchester. She’s been teaching at Footlights for nearly three years, and is fantastic at helping children and teenagers develop into the very best version of themselves. Khara is one of the most ‘born to teach’ tutor’s we’ve met, she puts her heart and soul into her classes and has the acting know-how to transform your child into well-rounded and skilled actors.

Naomi Angel

Naomi Angel

Dance Tutor

Naomi has been dancing since the age of 3, and has since performed on stage (The Lowry, Manchester Palace Theatres, Z-Arts and The Dancehouse) and on television, becoming a regular on the likes of Waterloo Road, Shameless and Spike Island.

She has a degree in Contemporary Theatre and Performance (2015) from the prestigious Manchester Met and before joining Footlights, Naomi worked as a ‘Performing Arts Specialist’ which saw her enriching children’s education in schools through performing art techniques such as storytelling, repeating movement and improvisation. 

Naomi is a versatile dancer, practising a variety of styles such as Ballet, Street, Jazz, Contemporary, Disco, Bollywood and African.

Hannah Brown

Hannah Brown

Acting Tutor

Hannah, originally from Scotland, graduated with a BA in Acting from Manchester School of Theatre in 2016.  She found her love for acting when she was just 8 years old and cast in Rowntree Theatre Company’s production of ‘The Killing Times’. For the next 10 years she was an active member of Borders Youth Theatre, both performing and later teaching.  Her stage credits include ‘The Oresteia’ at Home MCR, ‘She Town’ at The Dundee Rep and ‘Dirty Hands’ which she performed at the Edinburgh Fringe. She’s also appeared in music videos too.

During her studies travelled to South America and spent 5 weeks in Ecuador with the charity  ‘Camps International’. Here she helped build playgrounds in areas of poverty.

Dawn Smith

Dawn Smith

Acting Tutor

Dawn has been singing for over 20 years and has a classic Billie Holiday/ Erykah Badu flare to her voice. Dawn began her singing career at the age of eighteen, starting off as a backing singer for a Reggae band called “Sword of Jah Mount”. Dawn left the band to pursue a solo career and was signed by a Scottish label “Scottish Underground” . Whilst working in the industry, Dawn completed her Music Degree at Salford University.  Dawn has worked with the legendary Manchester band ‘New Order’ and her TV appearances include ‘Cold Feet’ and ‘Jools Holland’.

When Dawn isn’t performing herself, she is a peripatetic teacher specialising in vocal techniques and has several celebrity clients. Dawn’s unique style of teaching and years of experience working in the music industry, means that she is able to captivate your children’s attention with her warm and encouraging persona. Dawn also works on a one two one basis if you would like to further your child’s skills.