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THeatretrain MOLD

Get to know us

Our theatre classes take place at Ysgol Maes Garmon, Mold, where our students come together every Saturday to connect, learn and create in a safe and inspiring environment. Through 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 Mold

We were established in 2009 and have created a range of exciting theatre, events and productions. Highlights have included:

LICENSE TO THRILL – Royal Albert Hall

JOSEPH CHOIR – Theatr Clwyd and Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl

RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET – Forum Studio

20@O2 – The O2

Our next production will be THEATRETRAIN’S
CHRISTMAS SHOWCASE
at The William Aston Hall in Wrexham on 10th December 2022

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Meet the Theatretrain Mold team

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

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Meet Steve Davies, your Centre Director

Steve took over Chester Theatretrain in April 2005 and over the next four years successfully opened the schools in Wrexham, a second Chester School on Fridays and then the Mold School. Steve’s role is to oversee the artistic and teaching standards within the schools. He also regularly leads classes if teachers are off for any reason and also creates all of our productions by bringing together the various aspects of the show at the final stages of rehearsal. As well as leading workshops in primary schools in the area Steve also regularly acts and directs. Having been a member of Tip Top Productions since the company’s inception he also has the responsibility of being the group’s Artistic Director. He has also worked as a professional actor on stage and TV screen.

In July 2022 Steve received the Outstanding Centre Director Award at The Theatretrain Annual Conference

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Ellen Buckley

Acting Teacher

 Ellen has worked within performing arts for many years. Whilst completing a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies, Ellen focused heavily on Live Art, Theatre in Education and Applied Theatre working as a performer and facilitator for a TIE company, travelling to Romania to teach drama workshops and working within various educational roles. Whilst completing her Diploma in Education and Training followed by QTLS, Ellen worked as a trainee tutor at a local college for 3 years, having ample opportunity to direct, choreograph and musically direct a wide variety of plays and musicals. Ellen also works for another local performing arts group and a touring murder mystery company, whilst getting involved in her local community drama group, either performing or directing, having had the opportunity to take a series of plays to local festivals. Ellen is looking forward to being able to use her skills and knowledge to work with a variety of children and young adults who share the same passion for performing arts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Leslie Churchill Ward

Singing Teacher

Leslie graduated with an honours degree in Acting from The Ohio University School of Theatre and was as an award-winning actor and singer in the States. Now living in North Wales, she continues to share her passion for the performing arts with students, performers, and communities. Much of Leslie’s current work revolves around her love of music, but she always approaches it from the perspective of an actor — encouraging students and choirs to connect with their emotions and express the meaning of the lyrics they are singing, all while finding their self-confidence and having fun.

Leslie believes strongly in inclusion and diversity: she is the Creative Director of the Inclusion Project at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, the co-founder and Artistic Director of Work in Progress (a mental health performing arts group for adults), and the founder and Musical Director of community choir Acquire and Acquire’s Jazz Choir.

She loves lighting the spark of the performing arts with students of all ages. She has held drama residencies at primary and secondary schools and was guest lecturer for The Hammond School, working with graduating performing arts students. Leslie also gives private acting and singing lessons for children and adults. Although teaching remotely during the pandemic produced many challenges, it also enabled her to work with students in Wales and England — and as far away as California and Vietnam!

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Rob Stevens

Dance Teacher

Rob trained in Theatre & Dance in Salford University and after graduating went on to tour the country in Panto. After this he moved to Paris and joined the Entertainment Cast at Disneyland Paris performing in the daily shows and parades in the park. After two summer seasons at Disney, Rob returned to the UK and started working as a freelance Choreographer & Director for various companies in the North West – productions includes Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Full Monty, Guys & Dolls, Seussical, 42nd Street, Bouncers, Shakers, Avenue Q and Jesus Christ Superstar to name a few. He has also performed in various plays and musicals with roles including Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, Bobby in Company, Bill Snibson in Me and My Girl, Don Lockwood in Singin in the Rain and Al in A Chorus Line. In Pantoland Rob has performed in & directed various pantomimes over the years, all over the UK and also onboard the MV Bretagne in their summer pantos. For the past 6 years he has appeared at the Grange Theatre Northwich as the Dame for KD Productions and most recently he toured the country in their pantomime Wizard of Oz playing the role of Glinda the Good! Rob teaches all three disciplines of dance, drama and music for Theatretrain and for various other groups. He also runs performing arts sessions for Deva English & English In Chester where he teaches students from various countries around the world!

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Claire Roberts

Minis & Tinies Teacher

Claire has been dancing from the age of three and trained with the Clifton School of Dance in Ballet, Tap and Modern Jazz.  Claire then achieved her degree (BA Hons) in Performing Arts from Sunderland University, during which time she was lucky enough to teach dance and drama in schools in Lesotho, South Africa.  She followed this by completing a First Class Honours Masters Degree in Television and Film production. Combining her love of dance and musical theatre, Claire has appeared in a number of amateur dramatic productions including Tip Top Productions’ “Carousel” and “Hello, Dolly!”, together with numerous dance shows. Claire has also worked as a backstage technician in the Sunderland Empire Theatre on major UK tours such as “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Legally Blonde” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.   She is passionate about passing on her love of dance and music, and thoroughly enjoys teaching at Theatretrain, and inspiring her students to achieve their best.

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Charlotte Scott

Minis & Tinies Assistant

Charlotte has been involved in the performing arts since the age of nine and has completed GCSE and As level courses in drama and performing arts. She played a key part in her school’s drama group and took part in school productions. She has completed up to a grade six in the Trinity Grandhall drama examinations. Charlotte was pupil at Theatretrain Mold for nine years, she has performed at the O2 Arena and twice at The Royal Albert Hall with Theatretrain. During her last year in sixth form she worked as a classroom assistant at Theatretrain’s after school club at Penarlâg Primary School. She has now returned to Theatretrain Mold as part of the teaching team working as the teaching assistant for the Tinies and the Minis. Charlotte is currently in her second year at university studying Early childhood studies.

 

 

 

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Julie Jones

Desk Manager

Julie has been involved in theatre, both onstage and backstage, for over 40 years.  She is a keen choir singer, having sung in many productions and in the Llangollen Eisteddfod. Both her children trained in dance and drama from an early age, with her son, Mikey, attending Theatretrain Chester from the age of 10 to 18.  He then continued on to further training, and into work in the performance industry. Her daughter, Claire, teaches the Tinies and Minis at Theatretrain Mold, in which class her granddaughter is now having fun and carrying on the Theatretrain tradition!  Julie thoroughly enjoys meeting the children and parents on Saturday mornings, and is always happy to help with any questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Outstanding Centre Director Award

At the Theatretrain National Conference in July 2022 Steve received the Outstanding Centre Director medal in recognition of the commitment to Theatretrain students throughout lockdown…
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