About Us

About Us

Established in 1999, Centre Stage currently provides performing arts training to more than two hundred and fifty students aged 4 to 19.
Our part-time classes in Drama, Dance and Singing take place on Saturdays during term time at St. Monica’s School in Southgate.

All classes are structured to suit the student’s age, abilities and ambition. Whether learning for fun, to improve self confidence, meet new friends or to fulfil a burning desire to perform; we offer lessons to suit the complete beginner, challenge the more experienced or prepare and train those students with aspirations of a professional career.

The tutors and staff at Centre Stage are selected for their professionalism and dedication. All staff are CRB/DBS checked and most are licenced chaperones. We are proud to include six qualified teachers, seven professional performers and five experienced support staff among our team.

Centre Stage School of Performing Arts is also affiliated with CS Management; a professional Acting Agency, representing actors from toddler to adult for Television, Film and Theatre. www.csmanagementuk.com

School Ethos

Centre Stage offers high quality performing arts training within a warm and compassionate teaching environment. It is our goal to enhance student’s understanding of the arts, expand performance ability and increase self confidence through personal development.

The objective of all staff at the school is to provide innovative and creative teaching without discrimination or favouritism.

Community spirit is at the heart of Centre Stage and this is reflected in the importance we place on students displaying mutual respect and support towards their tutors and each other.

Class Information

All Centre Stage classes are designed to be fun as well as instructive. We encourage students to develop at their own pace while fostering confidence and a self-belief that allows the individual to surpass their own expectations.

Centre Stage classes deliver enjoyable, creative challenges for all ages and skill levels within the diverse world of performing arts and offer a number of both internal and external performance opportunities across all three disciplines.

Centre Stage classes help develop heightened imagination, creative development and improve speech and oratory skills. They also provide the confidence to voice an opinion and to listen to other people's, as well as gaining advanced listening, reading and concentration skills through both class work and performance projects.

Our younger students are taught to express themselves through positive encouragement and they learn how to understand and empathise with other students. Older students will increase their knowledge of plays, music and playwrights and gain an understanding of stage presence and advanced performance techniques.

Meet the Staff

 

School Principal

 

 

 

Drama Department


Olisa Odele
 

Dance Department

 

Singing Department

 

Young Centre Stagers
Department

 

Guest Tutors & 
Specialist Staff

 

Assistant Tutors

 

Administration &
CS Management Agent


 


 


 


 


 

CAROLE O'SHEA - School Principal

Carole established Centre Stage School of Performing Arts in 1999, with 50 students attending Saturday morning classes. Over two decades later and now with over 250 students, Centre Stage has established itself as one of the most vibrant and respected part-time performing arts schools in London.

The School is also affiliated to CS Management, a theatrical agency established by Carole in 2001 to provide professional opportunities within the industry.

Carole first became involved in performing arts in the late 1970's, initially through her own children's attendance at local classes. The next 25 years were spent building experience in established drama schools and working as a theatrical agent before opening her own school in Potters Bar in 1995.

Despite a two year scholarship to the London College of Music as a teenager, Carole has never been one for public performance herself and is much happier leaving it up to those at the school.

NICK HOOTON - Artistic Director  &  Head of Drama

Nick joined Centre Stage when it opened in 1999 and in 2009 took over the position of Artistic Director of Centre Stage and Upstaged Theatre Company.

Nick trained as an actor at Hertfordshire Theatre School and graduated with a Diploma in Acting and Musical Theatre, a BADC (Stage Combat) Honours, a L.A.M.D.A. Gold Award and is also now a L.A.M.D.A Examination tutor.

Nick has worked professionally since he was young, playing many leading roles in both television and film and has appeared in numerous commercials. He has a vast amount of theatre credits for many companies and has been a resident actor with the Market Theatre Company since 2004.

In addition to teaching drama at Centre Stage, Nick also regularly directs ‘in-house’ and external productions for the school and UpStaged Theatre Company, some of which transfer to the Edinburgh and Camden Fringe Festivals annually.

As Artistic Director, it is Nick’s goal to develop our student’s understanding of the arts, expand their performance ability and increase their self-confidence through practice and application. Nick is always looking for new and creative ways to achieve the highest possible standards in theatrical performance.

GIANNI TOZZI - Drama Tutor

Gianni is a past student of Centre Stage, beginning with us at the age of 8. Throughout his nine years at Centre Stage his credits include playing the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Corny Collins in Hairspray and the Pope in The Pope and the Witch to name but a few. He was also part of Upstaged Theatre Company taking The Penelopiad to the Edinburgh.Fringe Festival

Gianni believes that Centre Stage gave him the confidence to pursue a career in Acting. This resulted in him receiving a scholarship to Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts on the acting course. Gianni graduated Mountview with a First Class Honours Degree in Acting and was the recipient of the honourable 'Gyearbuor Asante Prize'.

During his career as an actor in stage productions and TV his passion for working with young people developed when being involved in various outreach projects that engaged young people with Drama.

Gianni is currently the Director of Performing Arts at Ashmole Academy. 

Alongside this he is delighted to bring this acting experience to where it all began at Centre Stage. He hopes to show how much fun acting can be, but above all allow each pupil to shine, lose any inhibitions and gain confidence through performance.

SARAH LUKE - Dance Troupe Leader  &  Show Choreographer

Sarah has been a member of the teaching staff at Centre Stage since September 1999, teaching dance and is the leader the CS Dance Troupe.

Sarah trained as a dance teacher at Harrison School of Dance and Drama, where she gained all her teaching qualifications in tap, ballet, modern, disco and national dance, along with her L.A.M.D.A. Gold Medal in Acting

Her first stage appearance was at the age of 3, leading on to numerous stage performances, both amateur and professional, playing both ensemble and lead roles in several productions. Sarah also appeared in several television commercials both in the UK and Abroad. Since leaving college she has danced professionally as well as teaching all aspects of dance.

Sarah has choreographed many Centre Stage shows including Centre Stage the Musical and our full-scale, external musicals The Wizard of Oz, Fame!, Honk!, Hairspray, Les Misérables, Bugsy Malone, 13 The Musical, The Wiz, Seussical and most recently Shrek the Musical.

ELIZ NOYAN - Dance Tutor,  Dance Troupe Tutor  &  Young Centre Stagers Tutor

Eliz joined Centre Stage as a student at the age of 4 in 2000. Throughout her 14 years at Centre Stage she took part in numerous productions and shows, including High School Musical, Honk, The Roses of Eyam and was the Dance Captain in the 2015 musical, The Wiz.

From an early age, Eliz pursued her passion for dance, training in varying genres including ballet, tap and contemporaryAlongside her dance training, she felt that Centre Stage gave her the confidence to grow as a person and a performer, unlocking other skills which she would carry with her through her future.

Eliz graduated from University of Roehampton with a BA (Hons) in Dance, where she explored new styles and techniques as well as learning the theoretical analysis of choreography and dance history. She then progressed to The Royal Academy of Dance to study and gain her Post Graduate Certificate in Education and is currently a secondary school dance teacher aiming to develop a dynamic dance department.

In 2015, Eliz ended her time as a student of Centre Stage, winning their most prestigious award ‘The Oscar’ and was then asked to return as an assistant dance teacher. She was overjoyed to be able to work and guide students with the same knowledge and passion she received throughout her years at the school.

She then became the Young Centre Stagers Dance Teacher, which was also carried throughout schools as a weekly after school club. She teaches the Dance Troupe, offering the students technique and choreography classes that focus on a range of different styles and genres from lyrical to spoken word to Stomp percussion dance to contemporary. Eliz is now also teaching dance for the Upper and Lower school groups and is excited to see the student’s enthusiasm and creativity grow.

Eliz prides herself on creating an inclusive atmosphere where students are motivated to learn and challenge themselves, all whilst having fun.

LUCY SARDINHA - Singing Tutor

Lucy joined Centre Stage at the age of 13 as a student and stayed as an active member right up to the age of 19. After graduating, Lucy stayed on at Centre Stage as an assistant tutor for many years, before taking over the full-time singing teacher position in 2019. 

She is trained as a singer and vocal coach in SLS (Speech Level Singing) technique, a practice shared by the likes of Barbara Streisand, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, with a primary focus on safe, balanced and natural use of the voice.

Lucy is a full time professional musician and songwriter, with a career that boasts major festival slots up and down the Country, music releases topping the iTunes chart, music distributed in HMV stores and national and international radio play. This experience and knowledge of the music industry means Lucy is able to bring a vast array of musical styles to the singing classes at Centre Stage, and provide an inclusive and supportive environment for all types of performer -  both in class work and with each term’s Cabaret Evening. 

She is also a fully-qualified LAMDA Musical Theatre vocal coach and can proudly say she has never had a student receive anything less than a distinction in their exam results.

CHRIS O'SHEA - Young Centre Stagers Leader / Director  &  Dance Troupe Tutor

Christopher began as a student at Centre Stage when it opened in 1999. He began working as a tutor in 2011. Since 2011 he has been an Assistant, Dance Tutor, Young Centre Stagers Tutor, Dance Troupe Tutor and Young Centre Stagers Leader.

In October 2013 he opened Young Centre Stagers on a Saturday morning and now the popularity has risen to over 60 children aged 4-7 years across 2 classes.

In April 2017 he began YCS After School Clubs at 3 Enfield schools. From October 2017 it has risen to 9 classes across 7 schools in Enfield and Barnet with over 250 children attending.

Christopher has worked professionally in film, television, commercials, videos and stage from an early age. While he is not teaching, he performs and directs regularly at local theatres. His most recent being Our House, Pirates of Penzance and Sleeping Beauty at the Millfield and Intimate Theatre.

Christopher is a qualified teacher, specialising in Early Years.

EVE SCOTT  - Young Centre Stagers Tutor  &  CS Class Assistant

Eve first joined Centre Stage at the age of 5 in 2003 where her love of the performing arts initially sparked. After performing in musicals such as The Wizard of Oz and Oliver Twist, as Eve got older she began focusing on her acting in Centre Stage's Festival of Plays and eventually joining the Upstaged Theatre Company's performance of The Roses of Eyam as part of the Camden Fringe Festival. 

Eve progressed to train at The BRIT School and studied an intensive acting course for two years, gaining many opportunities to perform, such as at The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon as 'Hero' in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, starring in a peer-written play Branches, Twigs and Synapses which was chosen to be performed at The International Playwrights Festival and having an amazing run of her sell-out performance of Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale. As well as this at The BRIT School, Eve has worked with many members of the community, performing for primary school children, working in Pupil Referral Units and learning sign language so that she can hope to encourage others and welcome them to a world of performing arts. 

During this time she began volunteering as an assistant for the Junior classes at Centre Stage and has now become a full time Class Assistant to the Juniors as well as joining the YCS (Young Centre Stagers) Team both on Saturdays and after-school sessions. 

Eve is also a now member of Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber's Bridge Theatre Company where she is in the constant process of developing new and innovative theatre, some of which will be performed at The Southwark Playhouse in the summer of 2019. 

Eve is very passionate in inspiring young children in hopes that they become confident, original and kind. As well as helping and advising them to perform to the best of their abilities and to challenge themselves. Eve hopes every child at Centre Stage receives the care and support she did and will do her best to ensure they will all love their experience with us as much as she has.  



 

LAURA COSTA - Young Centre Stagers Tutor

Laura started Centre Stage from the age of 4 in 2001, where her first show was at the Millfield Theatre. From there she participated in several shows such as The Wiz, The Roses of Eyam with UpStaged Theatre Company and dance shows at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

Laura graduated in 2019 from the London College of Music, with a BA in Acting

“It was from classes at Centre Stage that gave me the confidence to pursue my passion even further and to study it at university. And I am so pleased I can now pass on the skills and knowledge”

SIMON PAYNE - Musical Director  &  Technical Advisor

Simon first worked with Centre Stage as musical director for the school's production of Fame! in April 2008. In addition to teaching singing at Centre Stage, Simon has also musically directed a further nine whole school productions including Honk!, Hairspray, Les Miserables, Bugsy Malone, Our House, 13 The Musical, The Wiz, Seussical the Musical and most recently Shrek the Musical.

Simon has been involved with performing arts in the local community from a very young age working first as a technician, then lighting designer, and more recently as a musical director.

As well as his day job as Head of PSHE and Citizenship in a Secondary School in West London, Simon enjoys relaxing by working with many amateur dramatics groups in North and West London.

MATTEO BRAGOLI - Singing Tutor  &  Assistant Musical Director

As an ex-student and 2011 Oscar winner, Matteo has been fortunate to experience a wealth of knowledge from every opportunity that Centre Stage has offered. Having joined Centre Stage as a student at the age of seven, his most memorable performances include Haversham Hall and Les Misérables as Jean Valjean but he equally revelled in the opportunity to later teach and lead, running the Singing Department until 2019.

Matteo is also a majoy part of our full-scale musical team, rehearsing & co-musical directing many of the external Centre Stage productions including Our House, 13 The Musical, Seussical the Musical and most recently Shrek the Muscial.

Matteo has a wide range of experiences in the music industry including working as a session pianist and performer (O2 & Wembley), backing vocalist (Alt-J), voice over artist (Mike the Knight) and composing music for TV (Sky & BBC). He received a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from City University and was awarded a vocal scholarship for Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Not only a proficient singer and pianist, he also plays the violin and saxophone to Grade 8 standard as well as head and deputy organists at various local churches. He is currently Head of Music at Alexandra Park School, Muswell Hill continuing to grow a vibrant music department.

As well as a keen composer and producer, he also finds pleasure in photography and has a passion for cars; collecting and restoring classics as well as running his own car detailing business ‘Bragoli Cars’ specialising in paint correction & restoration. 

Energy and enthusiasm are the most important things Matteo looks for in his students and with that, he can share his own skills and experience to help build well-rounded performers.

JOSH ZARE  - Guest Drama Tutor

Josh graduated from RADA in 2018 and made his stage debut in Every Day I Make Greatness Happen at the Hampstead Theatre.

He since worked for Audible on Marty Ross’ audio-drama adaptation of Arabian Nights.

Thereafter his screen credits have included Edgar Wright’s Last Night In Soho, Liar for ITV, and Eurovision for Netflix.

Josh has always advocated youth theatre programmes, having found his feet as an actor in his local one growing up. Since working professionally as an actor, music artist, and dancer, he fervently believes in the value of youth theatre; as a point of departure for not only passion in performance, but the development of social skills, gaining confidence, and discovering yourself through play and exploration.

NICOLA BRUNTON - Guest Dance Tutor  

Nicola has been a member of the teaching staff since the school opened in 1999. Nicola focuses on Dance on the Saturday combined courses, along with The Centre Stage Dance Troupe. Nicola is proud to be a member of the team and enjoys watching the students' development and enjoyment for something she is also passionate about; the students' achievements are very rewarding.

Nicola has been Head of Dance and Drama at Mill Hill County High School, Head of Drama at Alexandra Park School and Enfield Grammar School and is now teaching on a part time basis, sings with a function band 'Deja Vu', and tutors young actors on film sets whilst pursuing her own career in the Performing Arts. Her credits in TV, Film and Commercials are numerous.

Her stage productions, as a Performer and/or choreographer include Fame! at the Millfield Theatre, A Chorus Line (as 'Cassie') at The Intimate Theatre, and shows at venues such as The London Palladium, Wembley, Theatre Royal - Drury Lane and Her Majesty's Theatre.

FIONA JOHNSON - Guest Drama Tutor

Fiona graduated from Mountview Acamedy of Theatre Arts in 2006 with a first class honours degree in performing arts. Upon graduation, she was offered a role working with Michael Grandage and Jeremy Lloyd in the Really Useful Group’s 2006 revival of Evita. After covering and playing Eva Peron at The Adelphi Theatre for more than a year, Fiona went on to join the original cast of the 2007 West End production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She spent the next two years performing alongside Lee Meade and Gareth Gates as alternate Narrator. Fiona was then chosen to join Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) on his 2009 Moonshadow UK arena tour.

Since joining Centre Stage five years ago, Fiona has directed some outstanding productions for our Festival of Plays season, as well and our annual pantomimes. Fiona also worked as Assistant Director for our Camden Fringe GFestival production of Killing Swine.

Since joining Centre Stage as a drama teacher / director, Fiona has also changed career from professional performer to full time secondary school teacher. She is passionate about working with children and young adults and honing their skills in performing arts. She is an advocate of the many benefits drama training has to offer, both on and off the stage.

JACK McGINN - Guest Drama Tutor

Jack joined Centre Stage at the tender age of 6 and was soon after scouted to join the affiliate agency - CS Management. He enjoyed many years performing both at Centre Stage and professionally, before attending Manchester University at the age of 18, where he received a degree in Politics and Economics.

Soon after graduating, Jack made the decision to launch himself back into the world of acting and went on to train at Drama Centre London, receiving a Masters Degree in Acting for Screen.

His screen credits include; Eastenders, Black Mirror, Call the Midwife, Holby City, Waffle The Wonder Dog, The Royals and Sky Arts’ Urban Myths

Jack regularly returns to Centre Stage as a guest tutor for the Drama Department, with a focus on acting for camera and drama school audition prep.


 

SELDA NOYAN  - Junior Assistant  &  Administration

Selda has been a part of Centre Stage as a parent for over 18 years. Helping with shows and classes since the start, she has now become a permanent member of the Centre Stage family, as the Junior Teaching Assistant. During the week, Selda works as an invigilator in several North London secondary schools.

Her efficiency and administration skills provide valuable help with the running of the school. Working with the Juniors, she assists with their lessons in dance, drama and singing. She focuses on the student’s well-being, creating an inclusive atmosphere and encouraging the participation of all students.

Selda looks forward to watching the children grow into young CS adults.

SAM BRENNER - Drama Assistant

Sam started with Centre Stage back in 2009, and immediately fell in love with the warm, inclusive atmosphere and high quality of teaching he received in St Monica’s Hall.

As he progressed through classes, his confidence and abilities grew, and he discovered a genuine passion for acting. He was able to showcase his acting talents in roles such as the pantomime dame Nurse Nelly in Snow White, General Ghengis Khan Schmitz in Seussical, and in Upstaged Theatre Company’s Chatroom as part of the Camden Fringe Festival, to name a few.

He was honoured to receive the prestigious ‘Oscar’ Award in 2019, before commencing his final year as a student, hoping to be an inspiring and gracious role model to the younger children at classes. He was also blessed to win the Jiorgia Barrigan Friendship Award in his final year - rewarding a quality that Centre Stage has taught and fostered through his 11 years with the ‘CS Family’.

Sam aims to go on to study acting at Drama School, but is delighted to have the opportunity first to help Centre Stage students grow in confidence and capability in the Drama classes, just as he did.

LIDIA BRAGOLI - Dance Assistant 

Lidia first joined Centre Stage at the age of 4 and carries with her a wealth of experience over the past 14 years. Having progressed through all the groups, taking part in Lower School Pantomimes, Festival of Plays, Showcases, Cabaret Evenings and full scale Musical Productions, she is in the perfect position to assist and coach students through their own journey. 

Lidia has a wide range of training in dance disciplines (Grade 8 Ballet, Advanced Tap and Intimidate Modern) and music (Grade 7 Piano and a Diploma in Vocal Performance).

She also trained in Musical Theatre for two years at the BRIT School whilst also attending Centre Stage classes on Saturdays and musical rehearsals on Sundays. 

Lidia is delighted to join the dance team and looks forward to helping the students to grow, the same way Centre Stage helped her. 

LINDA SARDINHA - Assistant to The Principal  &  Agent for CS Management

As Assistant to the Principal and Agent for CS Management, Linda works closely with Carole O’Shea to ensure the smooth running of the school.

With a career spanning fifteen years in the music industry and sixteen years as an executive PA, Linda brings a wealth of experience to Centre Stage.

In addition to her invaluable administrative skills, Linda is also a licenced chaperone and a resourceful seamstress. Whether looking after our student’s welfare or creating new costumes for the schools numerous productions, Linda is a valued member of the Centre Stage team.

Centre Stage Alumni

Former members of Centre Stage and it's production company Upstaged Theatre Company, have gone onto train professionally at;

  • RADA
  • Bristol Old Vic
  • The Brit School
  • Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
  • The Guildhall School of Music & Drama
  • Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
  • Arts Educational Schools London
  • ALRA (The Academy of Live & Recorded Arts)
  • Manchester School of Theatre
  • London College of Music

A number of students have also secured second and third round recalls at Central School of Speech and Drama, LAMDA, Drama Centre and Rose Bruford among others. Other students have gained A gency representation or professional work straight away and have gone on to appear in many film, TV and Theatre credits. Including...

Clare-Hope Ashitey - Centre Stage Oscar Winner 2004

  • Children of Men- Film
  • Shooting Dogs - Film
  • Exodus - Film
  • Doctor Foster - TV
  • Suspects - TV
  • Seven Seconds - Netflix Original Series

Marcus Fraser - Centre Stage Oscar Winner 2010

  • Transformers: The Last Knight - Film
  • Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Season 2017 - West End Theatre

Katie Daghorn - Centre Stage Oscar Winner 2008

  • The Play That Goes Wrong - West End Theatre

Sean Deleany

  • Killing Eve - TV
  • The Ferryman - West End Theatre

Olive Gray

  • Dark Money - TV
  • Pure - TV
  • Sex Education - TV
  • Fleabag - TV

Talia Grant

  • Hollyoaks - TV (current and ongoing character)

Olisa Odele

  • Chewing Gum - TV
  • My Parents Are Aliens - TV
  • Porgy and Bess - West End Theatre

Dominic Price

  • The Woman In Black - West End Theatre

Hannah Barker

  • Rain Man - National Theatre Tour

Emily Robins

  • Matilda - West End Theatre

Vangelis Polydorou

  • The Voice - TV
  • Boy George & Culture Club - International Concert Tour

Caleb Roberts

  • King Lear (with Sir Ian McKellen) - West End & Chichester Festival Theatre

Freya Ridings

  • Singer / Song Writer ('Lost Without You') - UK & International Music Tour
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