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Theatretrain Reading

Get to know us

Our theatre classes take place at The Hill School, Reading, 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 Reading

We were established in 2002 and have created a range of exciting theatre events and productions. Highlights have included: Touring to Edinburgh Festival Fringe, receiving 4 star reviews for our production of ALICE, Performance Tours to Disneyland Paris and New York, performing at the iconic Berklee College of Music and exciting large scale productions at the world famous O2 Arena and Royal Albert Hall.

 

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Meet the Theatretrain Reading team

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Smiling into the camera, Centre Director Tiffany King is ready to welcome you to Theatretrain Reading

Meet Tiffany King, your Centre Director

For the past 13 years, Tiffany has led as Artistic/Centre Director of Theatretrain Reading, offering opportunities to our students to train with incredible industry professionals from Film, Television and Theatre as well as performing in iconic spaces including The Royal Albert Hall, O2 Arena, Sadlers Wells, London Palladium, at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Disneyland Paris and New York!!

Tiffany is a passionate theatre maker! She works professionally as a Director, Choreographer, Movement Director, Playwright and Performer.
Recent credits include directing, choreographing and writing RESPECT: THE ARETHA FRANKLIN SONGBOOK which featured a stellar line-up of artists including Olivier Award winning Actress Amber Riley, Mica Paris, Jaki Graham and Cleopatra Higgins (UK Tour and Arena Tour); PETER PAN (Powderham Castle); AN EVENING WITH MRS TERRELL (British Library); PUNCHY, THE MUSICAL, (Courtyard Theatre), JUNGLE BOOK: THE GAME (Vision Arts), ALICE IN WINTER WONDERLAND (Vision Arts); LOCKS (Finastra).
Tiffany (BA) Hons is also a qualified teacher, currently working as Head of Drama/Resident Director at Reddam House, Berkshire for the past 5 years.
‘It is an honour to work with and inspire our students each week at Theatretrain Reading. We take pride in everything we do and we keep raising the bar whilst having so much fun together! If you are new to us, please contact me as I would love to meet you at Theatretrain Reading’ – Tiffany
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Shekinah McFarlane

Singing Teacher

Shekinah McFarlane has returned to Theatretrain Reading, direct from playing Anne of Cleves in the hit musical SIX for the past 2.5 years!!
Shekinah is a singer, dancer, writer, songwriter and teacher. She has an incredible amount of experience and energy and can’t wait to hear you all in SINGING!
Recent Theatre Credits include: SIX (National Tour and West End), National Tours of American Idiot, and Tommy, Hair (50th Anniversary Performance) and Parade both at Hope Mill Theatre.
Other Theatre: The Lion King UK and International Tour, Godspell in Concert (Lyric Theatre) Seussical The Musical (Arts Theatre) and Rent (Tabard Theatre)
 
 
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Michelle Hunkin

Dance Teacher/TT Minis Teacher

Michelle started dancing at an early age of three at Beryl Jarvis School of Dance. Her passion and love for dance blossomed which lead to Michelle studying a Musical Theatre and Dance Diploma at Bird College London, gaining all teaching qualifications.
 
Michelle has been teaching for over 18 years in various schools in Reading. 
Michelle was the Artistic Director and Choreographer at Starmaker Theatre Company, choreographing various shows like Cats, High School Musical, Fame and many many more.
Michelle is extremely excited to work with Theatretrain Reading both as our Dance Teacher and TT Minis teacher
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Ben Wilson

TT Minis Assistant

Ben started as a student at Theatretrain Reading about 9 years ago. He is passionate about working with young people to inspire them on their performing arts journey. He is currently studying at Urdang.

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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