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

Where we are: We’re based at Flixton High School in Urmston, Manchester (Map here).

Your child is welcome for a free trial at anytime, for more information please email or call Jo on 07956 423 895.



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 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.

Class Times

3yrs – 6yrs @ 9.30am – 11am
7yrs – 18yrs @ 9.45am – 1pm

What to expect

During your child’s time at Footlights Urmston, 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 Urmston and see for yourself.

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


Each summer, all of our children take part in a performance. It’s a full-scale show where parents/carers, family and friends can come and watch their progress.

The Autumn/Winter and Spring term schedules focus much more on skills and technique with a shorter informal presentation at Christmas.

The teaching teams provide written feedback each Easter, so you can track your child’s progress. We also practice an open door policy for anytime that you wish to discuss your child’s progress. You can use this form to contact us, or speak to us directly.

We hope you enjoyed reading all about us and look forward to greeting you and your child at our school – just sign up here or message us

Staff Profiles

Gaynor Smith

Gaynor Smith

Front of House

Gaynor is the face of Footlights Urmston and has had a long relationship with Footlights, initially as a parent of Jessica who started with us over ten years ago? Gaynor will first and foremost attend to your child’s needs and then of course, yours. Gaynor makes ure everything runs smoothly at Urmston.

Hollie Thornton

Hollie Thornton

Acting Tutor

Our talented and lively Hollie is an exceptional acting tutor, her warm friendly nature will ensure your child reaches their full potential.

She has many years of experience in teaching and constantly updates her training by attending ‘Act for TV’ in Manchester. She is also very experienced in teaching LAMDA grades 1-8.

Hollie has just finished directing her first play for us ‘Mary Poppin’s to rave reviews. 

Hollie will help to build your child’s confidence, introduce new skills in acting and build on their existing ones. She teaches LAMDA examinations, improvisation, drama exercises, script work, directing; whilst encourages each child to reach their full potential. She has a real passion for nurturing young talent and brings her professional experiences as an actress to the rehearsal room; understanding the fear that some young actors often have. 


Micheal John

Micheal John

Dance Tutor

Michael is one of the most exciting choreographers in Manchester, and his infectious personality will certainly ensure your child feels excited yet relaxed about dance. Michela is very keen on technique as well as showing off routines, so your child may be well advised to prepared to sweat!

.Your child will learn the techniques of hip, commercial dance, ballet, contemporary and musical theatre, we will have them leaping in the air in no time!  And, even if your child wants to be an actor, they’ll need the discipline of dance for posture, movement and flexibility. If your child has never danced before, don’t worry our first class choreographer will break everything down into bite-size chunks so everyone learns at their own pace, whilst our more experienced dancers will be challenged.

Clare Bennett

Clare Bennett

Singing Tutor & Musical Theatre Director

Clare is our Musical Director and singing tutor. She encourages and teaches your child to sing and understand how and what they are singing. Her knowledge and talent is unquestionable and with her bubbly personality and wonderful rapport, Clare keeps her students engaged and ready to learn and feelings CONFIDENT. I’m sure you can agree, your child will learn from an exceptional talent! 


For private singing lessons with Clare please email 

Leah Hayward

Leah Hayward

Tinys Tutor

Leah is one of our ex students who has been with us since the age of 13 years. Leah teaches your child acting, singing and dance in bite-size chunks, so that they can grasp the techniques easier, have fun and helps them to develop a love for the arts from a young age. Leah will introduce your child to the classic musicals, as well as the latest West End hits! 

The Tiny’s concept is prepare your child for main school. By the time that they leave the Tiny’s group, your child will ahead of most 7 year old’s who are new to performing arts. Leah’s passion to teach will bring your child’s confidence to life.

At the end of the day, the transferable skills a child learns from performing may not be nearly as important as the experience of performing itself.

What are you waiting for?

Your child is welcome for a free trial at anytime, for more information please email or call Jo on 07956 423 895