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About Theatretrain Norwich

Building Confidence & Training The Next Generation Of Performers…

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Hi, I'm Hayley!

Hi, I’m Hayley! I’m the Company Director and I’m the first person you’ll meet when you walk through the door.

As you’ll see from our photos, our Theatretrain uniform is black, therefore I always wear a brightly coloured jacket to ensure that you can spot me any time you need me!

I trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and I love watching our Theatretrain students grown in confidence week by week.

We provide professional training in the performing arts in Norwich, but we also operate with a family ethos. 

We look forward to welcoming you in to our Theatretrain family. I hope you enjoy reading all about my teachers, below.


Learn Genuine Theatre Principles While You Make Friends At Theatretrain Norwich

Our young people get the chance to release their creativity in a safe and friendly place and we pride ourselves on having family values at the heart of our work. 

Every child is welcome and no experience is necessary. 

Our aim isn’t just to create better performers, but to help your children reach their full potential.

We understand that it can be expensive to send more than one child to theatre school and therefore we offer a 50% sibling discount. 

Please see our pricing page for more information

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We Create a Welcoming Environment Where Aspiring Performers Thrive

Gain Skills For All Aspects Of Life, Not Just The Big Stage.

Meet the Theatretrain Norwich team!

Learn more about who will be teaching your children and get to know what we’re all about.


Shakiah Johnson

Director of Acting

Shakiah (known as Kiah in our TT family!) is an American actor and dancer from Virginia, USA. She pursued her undergraduate studies at Randolph College in the United States and continued her education at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Beyond her accomplishments as an actor and writer, Shakiah possesses a diverse skill set including experience in directing, choreography, costume design and set construction.

Shakiah teaches at Theatretrain and in different primary schools throughout Norfolk.



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Clare Durrant

Musical Director

Clare is a professional singer and singing teacher with over 25 years experience; working in Opera, Musical Theatre, Pop, and Rock genres.

Graduating with a BA hons in Music from the University of East Anglia, Clare is passionate about helping singers of all ages and abilities to find their own unique voice and discover the benefits of vocal technique in a fun, creative and nurturing environment.

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Poppy Jones


Poppy started dancing from the age of two; beginning at the Anglia Region Theatre School with Ballet, Tap and Lyrical; Then progressing onto Slanted Dance at the Garage Performing Arts School with street dance and hip hop.

She has travelled extensively around Spain- learning and training in the arts of Latin dance including Salsa, Cha cha, Tango, Samba and Bachata.


Niamh Ward

Company Assistant

Niamh has loved the world of theatre from a young age and has performed in multiple productions.

Niamh enjoys assisting in the younger main-company group (6-9 year olds), but also works in the Junior Ensemble (4-5 year olds) and enjoys seeing their smiles as they walk through the door each week!

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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 Norwich!

See our session times and book your initial taster below…

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