Do you live in or around Salford 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 Salford is the right place for them.

Where we are: We’re based at St Sebastian Community Centre, in Salford (Map here) on Monday’s (see ‘Class Times’ below for specific times)

Your child is welcome for a free trial at anytime, for more information please email or call us on 07773 183999.


Our school in Salford was founded in 2011 and is close to the Footlights Head Office at Media City in Manchester, just around the corner from the main hub of the BBC & ITV studios.  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 Salford, 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 Salford and see for yourself.

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

Class Times

4.30pm – 6.30pm
6 – 13 years

Classes are taught with two different tutors, specialising in acting, singing and dance.

Staff Profiles

Lisa Donnelly

Lisa Donnelly


Lisa joined Footlights in 2010, after her daughter attended one of the schools. She was so impressed by the classes, the quality of the organisation and it’s dedicated staff – that she knew instinctively that Bolton and Salford needed a Footlights!

Katie Arnold

Katie Arnold

Performing Arts Tutor

Katie, who has been with Footlights and Bolton since 2016, has a BA Hons in Theatre and Performance from The University of Leeds and a Masters in Musical Theatre from the Central School of Speech and Drama. After graduating, Katie worked as a professional actor, performing at some of the UK’s leading theatres including; The National Theatre, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and The Royal Court Theatre.

Katie has vast experience of teaching and has previously worked as a Drama, Dance and Voice practitioner with a number of theatre companies and loves sharing her passion and enthusiasm for the arts.

Lucy Telleck

Lucy Telleck

Performing Arts Tutor

Lucy, who’s trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London and The University of Leeds, has worked as a professional actress for five years. Before acting, Lucy trained as a singer, achieving her Grade 8 (ABRSM) and has played the lead role in many amateur dramatic shows in the North West.

When she’s not performing, Lucy has gained an invaluable amount of experience teaching at schools and organisations in London; with her students ranging from newborn babies to 18 year olds! Since moving back to Bolton, she has loved sharing her passion with students in her home town through Footlights. Lucy is also a freelance LAMDA teacher, with 100% pass rate (so far!).