February 12, 2024

Behind the Curtain

In "Behind the Curtain," Theatretrain Artistic Director Kevin Dowsett delves into the captivating journey of Stefani, a seasoned Stage Manager with roots in Theatretrain Coventry. From West End glitz to cherished memories, discover how Stefani's Theatretrain experience shaped her into the versatile professional she is today, offering valuable insights for aspiring performers.

This week we were contacted by Stefani who is a Stage Manager with 11 years professional experience working on musicals, plays, operas, pantomimes, festivals and ballet in London, regionally and on UK tours. Most recently, she was the Stage Manager on Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club in London’s West End.

But Stefani was also a student at Theatretrain Coventry when it first opened in 2001 and stayed from the age of 9 to 16.

It’s always nice to hear from ex students and find out what they are doing. But Stefani also told her some of her stand out memories at Theatretrain Coventry. Here’s what she said…..

“One of my highlights was my first London show called ‘Motown’ at the Dominion Theatre in 2003. I loved having my first insight into Motown music and getting to perform on a West End stage was an unforgettable experience.

Another highlight was getting to sing as part of a huge choir during all of the London shows. Singing with hundreds of children always filled me with so much pride and there is nothing like being part of a collective group of voices.

I think that one of the main differences between Theatretrain and other performing arts schools is that at Theatretrain, the students learn how to collaborate and work together which is an invaluable life skill.”

We’re going to keep talking to Stefani about how her skills can give our students an insight into all those jobs that go on the other side of the curtain. The creative industries make up a huge part of the economy of the country and there are so many varied and interesting jobs to discover. 

Theatretrain, a nationwide provider of weekend theatre schools for young people aged 4-18, specialises in weekly classes in acting, singing, and dancing. An emphasis is placed on learning valuable life skills such as confidence, empathy, courage, and resilience. If you know a child who loves to dance, act and sing or could do with a little confidence boost why not visit to find out what our performing arts classes can offer your child at one of our 80 locations across the UK.

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