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About Theatretrain Coventry

Building Confidence & Training The Next Generation Of Performers…

Cate Mellor

Hi, I'm Cate!

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

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

I am a principal recording artist for Kevin Duncan at Ginger Dog Records and have recorded countless albums and educational books for Kevin Mayhew Publishing.

In 2015 my husband Paul and I released our first solo album – By Request.

I most recently co-ordinated and performed in the highly acclaimed YOG Reunion. In 2017 I 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. 

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

Learn Genuine Theatre Principles While You Make Friends At Theatretrain Coventry

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 Coventry team

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

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Steve Cowley

Theatre Director

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

Theatre Director/ Choreographer

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


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”

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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 Coventry!

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