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About Theatretrain Royston

Building confidence & training the next generation of performers

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Hi, I'm Jess!

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

I started dancing as a shy three year old, and went on to train at Urdang (London) under a full scholarship graduating with a Professional Diploma in Dance (MT).

I was lucky enough to travel around the UK and the world whilst working as both a performer and choreographer for many years.  I have also taught at a many part-time and professional schools and colleges.

I started at Theatretrain with my Welwyn-Hatfield branch in 2013, opening my Royston branch, at the dance studios I trained at as a child, in 2017.

It is a joy to work with the children every week, and to see them grow both as performers and as individuals.

Learn genuine theatre principles while you make friends at Theatretrain Royston

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 stages.

Meet the Theatretrain Royston team

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

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Ben Winter

Director of Acting

Ben is both a teacher and performer. Ben still continues to perform regularly and teaches at many performing arts school in the area.

Ben loves and enjoys working children of all ages no matter their level or experience, seeing their confidence grow and having fun in a non pressure environment. He loves to inspire and share his passion and expertise with all the talented children at Theatretrain.

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Lauren Hussein

Musical Theatre Director & after school club teacher

Lauren studied at St. Mary’s University in Drama & Contemporary Dance. She went on to obtain Qualified Teacher Status from The University of Hertfordshire. Having taught in secondary, primary & theatre schools, she has enjoyed success in direction, winning several awards at the: “Youth Drama Festival” and awards for choreography at “Rock Challenge,” and musical theatre festivals.  Lauren is also a successful LAMDA teacher, coaching students to levels of excellence in acting and voice and speech. Lauren has a passion for teaching the next generation of performers and believes the arts can teach  perseverance, collaboration, self expression, creativity, self evaluation, respect and above all to imagine possibilities. 

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Hayley Faulkner

Musical Director & Musical Theatre Director

Hayley is a singer/songwriter, trained in performing arts at Bodyworks (Cambridge), with a Professional Diploma in Song Writing. She has also toured from England to America performing.

Hayley joined us in 2021 and loves to help people find their singing voice as she feels that music is the food of the soul – what better way to feel the music, than to sing it yourself?

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Jodie Winchester


Jodie joined us in 2023. She trained locally, before taking her BTECH at Harlow College, and her pro training at DNA College.


She passes her knowledge on through confidence building and encouragement, to make her students the best performers they can be!

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Lucy Beeton

Junior Company Director

Lucy trained at Bodywork (Cambridge) and has her Level 6 Diploma in Dance Teaching with BBO.

Joining us in 2023, she inspires the children weekly.

Her favourite teaching mantra is: Practice makes progression, not perfection!

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Millie Derbyshire

Junior Company Director 

Millie trained at Stage Right (Royston) receiving a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance, and then her Level 6 Diploma in Dance at Bodywork (Cambridge) with a full Scholarship. 

Millie is now a TA at a local school, as well as teaching at Stage Right and Theatretrain.

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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 Royston!

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