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THeatretrain Bishops Stortford

Get to know us

Our theatre classes take place at Birchwood High School, Bishops Stortford, where our students come together every Saturday to connect, learn and create in a safe and inspiring environment. Through the performing arts, we give children and young adults the tools they need, not just to reach their potential on stage, but also to thrive at school and lay the foundations for their future. 

About Theatretrain Bishops Stortford

We were established in 2001 and have created a range of exciting theatre events and productions. Highlights have included: Giving for Giggles (a charity performance), Treasure Island: The Pantomime, Alice in Wonderland & the Bishops Stortford Carnival. 

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Meet the Theatretrain Bishops Stortford team

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

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Meet Shannon Foster & Jesse McMahon, your Centre Directors

Shannon & Jesse have both been members of the Theatretrain family for the past 20 years as both students and teachers and cannot wait to inspire the next generation of students to make their dreams come true and build their confidence.

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Anna Piper

Drama Teacher

Anna has trained with The Television Workshop and The National Youth Theatre. She has worked alongside Lenny Henry in BBC’s ‘Danny and the Human Zoo’. Her stage career has included work at theatres such as The Royal Court, Birmingham REP and The Coventry Belgrade. Anna has also created her own work, with sold-out shows at both The Vaults Festival & Brighton Fringe. As a teacher Anna is now an associate for The National Youth Theatre. Anna loves to teach and guide the students to reach their potential and use their imagination. 


Georgie Montgomery

Singing Teacher

Georgie is a multifaceted actor & writer, who trained in musical theatre at The MTA in London. Her work has taken her across the globe working in shows & musicals from Italy to China. Georgie lead the award winning film ‘Dead Eye’ and is about to embark on her latest feature film ‘The Forgotten’. She also has three of her own plays featuring on a radio station ‘On Another Wavelength’. Georgie is delighted to be part of the Theatretrain team and loves watching the children grow in confidence & ability.  

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Ryan Ferrie

Dance Teacher

Ryan trained in Musical Theatre at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS). He has worked in TV, film & stage as an actor, director and choreographer, working with BBC Scotland & the National Theatre of Scotland. Ryan is also a Lecturer of Musical Theatre for the Junior Conservatoire programme at RCS. Ryan is a dedicated mentor, committed to providing practical support & assistance to aspiring young people. He is currently the associate agent for Infinity Artists & heads the London Hub and supports his clients in their career on the stage.


Jesse McMahon

 Cover Teacher (All Disciplines)

Jesse found her love for performing at a young age and attended Theatretrain from 6-18 years old. She then went on to study at The Oxford School of Drama and then furthered her training at The Urdang Academy. Jesse cannot wait to share her love for the performing arts with every student that walks through Theatretrain’s doors.

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Shannon Foster

Tinies & Minis Teacher

Shannon has been a part of the Theatretrain family since 2001 as both a student and a teacher. She was award a BA Hons degree in Drama in 2015 from Canterbury Chirst Church University. Since then she has made teaching and inspiring young children to follow their dreams her main focus. A professional credit includes taking part in the Canterbury Festival. 

Blog and Events

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International Summer School: Staying the Course

Our Founder and Artistic Director, Kevin Dowsett, recently went to the beautiful Royal Hospital School in Holbrook, Ipswich to see the end of week performance by the annual Theatretrain International Summer School. Here's his take on the experience.
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