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JK THEATRE

Acting with Confidence!

Dance, Drama and Singing

The aim of JK Theatre Arts is to prepare its students for all aspects of performance for stage and TV using the three key disciplines of Musical Theatre.

Children at JK will build on their ability to interact with others in a fun learning environment whilst building their confidence. We encourage children to perform to boost their self-esteem and achievement. Students have the opportunity to express their individual talents and strengthen their social abilities within a welcoming and disciplined team.

All students will be given the opportunity to display their talents on stage in our regular performances. The school takes on a strong community role and performs locally across Sussex.

The Principal of JK Theatre Arts, Kim Wright is both a working actor and performing arts teacher and has been teaching for over 10 years.

Regular workshops are also held throughout the school holidays.

Teachers


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KIM WRIGHT - Principal/Drama Practitioner & LAMDA
Kim trained at Tiffany Theatre College and the Tom Todoroff Acting Studio in New York and has been working in both TV/film and theatre since. Kim’s theatre credits include Little Fan/ Martha in Dicken's A Christmas Carol, Jessica in Alan Ayckbourn’s Communicating Doors, Agnes in Uncle Montague’s Stories from the Shadows, Emily in Fragile, Lion & Unicorn; Larissa de Winterbottom in The Legion, UK tour & Mia in Immaculate Conception. Film & TV roles include Lilli in the 1940’s feature Cuckoo, Helen in City Boy for Brighton Productions/BBC, Gina in Jericho’s Walls Are Falling and roles in Brideshead Revisited, Little Miss Pettigrew & DreamTeam. Commercial work includes Ebay, MTV, KiDsTrust and the lead in rock band Exit Calm’s Hearts & Minds music video. Kim continues to encourage and share her enjoyment of acting and theatre in local schools running drama clubs and LAMDA speech and drama sessions for examinations.

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RICHARD LONG - Drama Teacher/LAMDA
Richard graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has been a professional actor for over 20 years.

Theatre work includes The R.S.C. and the Royal National Theatre, several West End shows and number one tours (a highlight being Boris The Spy in Chitty Bang Bang at The Palladium working alongside Brian Conley, Jason Donovan, Christopher Biggins, Gary Wilmot, Alvin Stardust, the Strallen sisters and the sadly missed Stephen Gately. He’s also worked at most of the major Reps in the UK.

Abroad he has appeared in New Zealand, Japan, South Africa, New York and the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC in front of President Clinton. These various projects mean that he has worked with many of this country’s leading actors and directors including, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Adrian Noble, Howard Davies and Alan Ayckbourn for whom Richard holds the honour of being the first actor to speak in his new theatre in Scarborough. Richard has featured in TV and Film as well as many adverts. He featured in An Ungentlemanly Act starring Ian Richardson and Bob Peck which won Best Film at The BAFTAS.

He is also the resident Drama teacher at Chichester Stagecoach and Dance Industry in Littlehampton as well as a Co-Founder of Sussed Theatre Company. Richard enjoys teaching LAMDA. He is delighted to have taken over teaching drama from his wife Naomi at JK.

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DANIELLE BURTON - Singing Teacher
Danielle is a professional vocalist and performer from East Sussex. She studied Professional Musicianship at BIMM Brighton and qualified with a BA (Hons) degree and has since gone on to teach vocals at BIMM Academy.

She has extensive experience as a performer, touring the country with her original band Fresh Like Dexie and fronting function bands at weddings and events. Her unique and soulful vocal style earned her a place with her band at renowned music festivals such as Love Supreme, Cheltenham Jazz Festival and The Great Escape, playing alongside artists such as Chaka Khan, Gregory Porter and Kelis. Danielle also completed a musical theatre teacher training course where she learnt how to combine musical theatre with her own contemporary vocal teaching style.

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MEGHAN REID - Dance Teacher
Meghan trained at Performers College gaining a Trinity Diploma in Professional Dance Theatre and her teaching qualifications with the ISTD dance association. She has vast experiencing in teaching children’s dance classes and has previously held workshops in Musical Theatre, Jazz, Tap, Street dance and taught various dance parties for both children and adults. Meghan still works as a professional dancer and has performed all over the world appearing in Concert arena tours, Water Revue shows, Cabarets, Bollywood films, performed on Cruise ships, in Corporate events and Pantomimes!

Having previously taught Mini Movers for JK a few years ago and recently being involved with the JK holiday workshops she is delighted to be returning to JK. She likes to bring out the best of her students whilst ensuring they are enjoying the arts as much as she does.

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SARAH LOFGREN - Early Years Teacher
Sarah Lofgren is originally from Los Gatos, California and is a proud Theatre Arts graduate of California State University, Fresno. Sarah is a former professional ballet dancer, having worked with various companies throughout the United States, including Pacific Ballet and Mobile Ballet. She has also worked extensively in opera, theatre, and television. Sarah holds a postgraduate degree in Performance and Education from The University of Leeds and is excited to join the JK Theatre Arts team.

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LUKE OFIELD - Acting Platform Teacher
Luke is an aspiring practitioner, graduating from the University of Kent. He is co-artistic director of Unmasked Theatre, an emerging Sussex company focused around challenging and dynamic theatre.

He has directed shows at both the Brighton and the Camden Fringe festival. His recent freelance credits include Sex, Strokes, Death, Denial (Brighton Fringe), Nineteen Eighty-Four (The Marlowe Theatre), The Great Gatsby, (The Gulbenkien Theatre) and for Unmasked Theatre, Romeo and Juliet (The Rialto Theatre), Antony and Cleopatra (The Camden Fringe). Aside from directing, Luke is also developing his own script The Writers’ Bloc for 2017. Luke has worked with many prestigious companies such as The RSC, Duende Theatre, Fourth Monkey and West Sussex County Youth Theatre.

He also has a large amount of experience in delivering and facilitating workshops, having taught Drama and English in Italy for 6 months, as well as being a youth director for Creative Learning at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley.

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Sarah-Jane Bell – Business Administrator
Sarah-Jane started her career in London working in marketing for almost 10 years, during which time she gained her Professional Diploma in Marketing.

Since then she has taken a career break to raise her two girls. During this time she has worked for local businesses alongside taking roles in volunteer work and helping to run the Gattons Infant School PTA for two years. When she’s not at work, or doing the school run, she enjoys spending time gardening, enjoying walks through the countryside with her husband and often getting lost in a good book.
Sarah-Jane’s girls have both been students at JK Theatre Arts for the past 4 years and she is passionate about them learning to express themselves in a fun and creative environment.
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  • It was a pleasure to collaborate with JK Theatre Arts on the community schools production of 'ALICE!', a focal point of the Lindfield Arts Festival 2013. It was amazing to see so many local children from different schools learning and performing together. Kim is a fantastic teacher with a tremendous energy and passion to inspire creativity in young people
    R. Belfield LAF Trustee & Theatre Director, Producer & Education Practitioner
  • I just wanted to say thank you JK Theatre Arts for giving the children such a positive experience throughout the time you have been working with them, both in classes and
    performance time. The children really enjoyed themselves.
    J. Curry Yr 1 Teacher at Lindfield Primary School

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