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About Theatretrain Leicester

Building Confidence & Training The Next Generation Of Performers…


Hi, I'm Simon!

Hi, I’m Simon! I’m the Company Director here at Theatretrain Leicester, where my job is to ensure your children are enjoying their professional theatre training in a fun and creative way.

I have been involved with Theatretrain since 1999. Since graduating from De Montfort University with a BA (Hons) in Theatre, I have worked with young people in a variety of settings, led drama workshops in both primary and secondary schools, and taught at Leicester College before training as a Primary School Teacher. I now teaches Year 6 at a local primary school. I am very passionate about education, especially the education, training and experience that Theatretrain provides for young people.

Learn Genuine Theatre Principles While You Make Friends At Theatretrain Leicester

The Theatretrain Way puts theatre back into the performing arts. Along with technical performance skills in acting, singing and dancing, young people get the chance to release their creativity in a safe and friendly place. Here, in an environment nurturing confidence and empathy, our students can expand to be more than they ever thought they could be. Our aim isn’t just to create better performers, but to help your children reach their full potential.

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We Create The Welcoming Environment Where Aspiring Performers Thrive

Gain Skills For All Aspects Of Life, Not Just The Big Stage.

Meet the Theatretrain Leicester team

Learn more about our team and get to know what we’re all about.


Luke O'Downie

Theatre Director

Luke has been acting for over ten years now and is also 3 years into his teaching career, specialising in movement, and qualified in stage combat. He has performed in various plays including The Tempest, playing Caliban, William Blore in ‘And Then There Were None’, which he also directed. He has also been in films and TV productions as a supporting artist.


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Emma Smart

Musical Director

Emma trained at PPA Guildford in Musical Theatre. She has performed in a variety of musical theatre productions, including Eva Person in Evita and Tracy in Hairspray. Emma teaches singing to a range of people, including groups and specialised one-to-one tuition for young people and adults.



Sophie Shelton


Sophie is currently training for a degree in professional dance at Addict Dance Academy. She has performed and competed in many styles of dance all over the world and is a 2021 World Champion! She’s so excited to get to teach and work with everyone at Theatretrain! 


Lorraine Moore

Company Manager

Lorraine has over 10 years experience working with young people in Leicestershire as a youth worker and a careers advisor and now works with Leicester City Council to help ensure public safety in the city. Since she joined us in February 2011, Lorraine has been a highly committed member of the team ensuring the centre runs smoothly on a weekly basis.  Lorraine loves musicals, her favourite being Oliver!


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The Theatretrain Story

Theatretrain was founded on the belief that the performing arts should be accessible to everyone, no matter their age, skill or ability. Our large-scale productions are unique to Theatretrain and invite our students to enjoy the learning experience and be a part of something bigger than themselves.

The world’s your stage at Theatretrain Leicester!

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