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Theatretrain Coventry

Get to know us

Our theatre classes take place at Sidney Stringer Academy in Coventry where our students come together every Saturday in term time 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 Coventry

Theatretrain Coventry has been run by Centre Director Cate Mellor since 2005.  We are part of a large network of Theatretrain Centre’s across the UK, which means we can tap into the network and connect with industry leading experts in the performing arts industry. Over the years we have had the privilege of performing in many large scale productions in London including the Royal Albert Hall as well as local shows at the Albany Theatre in Coventry

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Meet the Theatretrain Coventry team

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Cate Mellor

Meet Cate Mellor, your Centre Director and Singing Teacher

Cate has been singing professionally for over 25 years and has much experience appearing in all manner of venues from The Swan Theatre, Stratford to Coombe Abbey performing all manner of different genres of music.

She is principal recording artist for Kevin Duncan at Ginger Dog Records and has recorded countless albums and educational books for Kevin Mayhew Publishing.

In 2015 she and husband Paul released their first solo album – By Request.

Cate most recently co-ordinated and performed in the highly acclaimed YOG Reunion. In 2017 Cate was one of the founder members of a production company who successfully put together a sell out run of Into The Woods at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. 

Cate has also been Centre Director at Coventry Theatretrain since 2005 and is immeasurably proud of all the pupils for their hard work and dedication.

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Steve Cowley

Drama Teacher

Steve’s theatre credits amongst others include:  Macbeth in Macbeth, Landlord in Two, Michael in This is Living, John Proctor in The Crucible, John Merrick in The Elephant Man and created the roles of Soldier in Listen and Man in Dummy House, both solo performance plays. Last year his acclaimed performance in “To Sleep” saw him awarded the best performance award at the Birmingham Arts Festival.

Steve has recently been spending time writing plays for schools and theatre companies as well as writing his first solo performance play that is currently scheduled to debut next year.  

‘Creating the pieces for any Theatretrain show is always a pleasure. Every student brings their own unique ideas and creativity to each piece, which is ultimately why any piece can be called the student’s own.’

‘Working for Theatretrain since 2006 has absolutely been the most fun, rewarding and exciting experience of my work to date.  It’s such a pleasure to be able to look forward to every Saturday morning, explore creativity and create work that’s accessible for everyone.’

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Tom Brew

Drama/Dance Teacher

Tom is an ex Theatretrain pupil and trained with us for 8 years, taking part in various shows, both local and in London before leaving to study Performing Arts at the University of Bedfordshire.

During the week, Tom is a Drama teacher in a local secondary school after training to become a qualified Teacher after he graduated, although he has been teaching both Drama and Dance since he was 16.

Tom loves to work with Theatretrain and loves to be able to give young people amazing opportunities. He is so proud of every single one of them for all of the work that they put in each Saturday morning.


Esme Swain

Dance Teacher

Esme is an ex Theatretrain pupil and studied with us in Coventry for 10 years. During this time Esme trained under former Coventry Theatretrain director and Dance Teacher Katie Gavin at KT School of Dance and studied at Stratford College completing her professional training at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

Following graduating from LIPA she continued training at Rare Studio Liverpool where she landed her first job working with the BBC at the Worldwide showcase as a backing dancing for the Back Street Boys & The Strictly Come Dancing Professionals.

 After returning home to Coventry she was thrilled to be invited back into the Theatretrain family, this time as a teacher and joined the team in January 2019. Esme was thrown into the deep end and hit the ground running when her first show as choreographer was “Move” at The Royal Albert Hall in June 2019 and was completely blown away by each and every pupil.

“The level of talent in Coventry Theatretrain is incredible & I know that all of us are excited to see what we can showcase at our next show”


Blog and Events

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Another Opening

Our Founder and Artistic Director, Kevin Dowsett, is very excited to unveil the new website, which you are scrolling this very second. Here's what he had to say...
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Young People and Catharsis

This week, Theatretrain Founder and Artistic Director, Kevin Dowsett, shares his thoughts on the power of the theatre and its ability to help young people…
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