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Our theatre classes take place at Thomas Gainsborough School, Wells Hall Road, Gt Cornard, Sudbury CO10 0NH, where our students to 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 Sudbury
We were established in 2009 and have created a range of exciting theatre events and productions. Highlights have included: local performanced at The Apex, Theatre Royal and Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds, performances in prestigious London Theatres such as Sadlers Wells, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and the Royal Albert Hall. Sudbury are also proud to have had students perform internationally in productions staged at The Videopolis in Disneyland Paris and The Empire State Building in New York City.
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Meet the Theatretrain Sudbury team
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Meet Emma Pryke, your Centre Director
Having first discovered Theatretrain as a parent the day Theatretrain Bury St Edmunds first opened in 2002, Emma became involved in the company early on. In 2004 she became Centre Manager, and in 2006 she became Centre Director for Bury St Edmunds. In 2009 she opened Theatretrain Sudbury as a new centre. Emma is also International Event Co-Ordinator for Theatretrain and has organised several performing arts trips to Disneyland Paris and New York City for students from all over the UK. Emma is passionate about Theatretrain and the opportunities it gives to children from all walks of life. Emma believes children study performing arts for many different reasons and it is our job to ensure that they achieve their goals whether it be building self-confidence, making new friends or developing skills for a future career in the industry themselves.
We can’t wait to announce our new drama teacher who will be joining our team from September 2022.
Chelsea trained in performing arts at Ipswich college and from the early age of 16, began touring the circuit as a professional singer. Chelsea has Theatretrain deeply routed in her soul starting life as a teacher at Theatretrain Bury St Edmunds in 2005 and joined the team at Sudbury when it opened in 2009. She still teaches at both centres and loves every minute of it. Chelsea has made her mark on the company, producing many sets for international performances in Disneyland Paris, New York City and at an international summer school held in Ireland. Chelsea loves working with her students and enjoys watching them grow in confidence.
Lissy trained at the University Centre Colchester gaining a BA(Hons) degree in Musical Theatre. She attended classes at the Colchester School of Dance from the age of 5 in ballet, tap, modern, street jazz and pointe and passed I.S.T.D. exams up to Advanced level, whilst also participating in bi-annual shows. As an ex-Theatretrain pupil, Lissy has performed with Theatretrain in places such as Disneyland Paris, New York and the Royal Albert Hall. Whilst also taking up other performance opportunities at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester, the 2013/14 Pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, being her highlight. Lissy was drama teacher for Theatretrain Braintree from 2016 to 2018, and work towards achieving her I.S.T.D. teaching qualifications in Tap and Modern. Lissy is delighted to have worked her way up to becoming a teacher at Theatretrain and looks forward to seeing her journey with them continue.
Blog and Events
Nostalgia Series: Sheena Janssen’s Theatretrain Story in Braintree
International Summer School: Staying the Course
Nostalgia Series: Paris Austin’s Theatretrain Story in Greenwich
Nostalgia Series: Lauren Keeling’s Theatretrain Story from Coventry
Nostalgia Series: Dan Walton from Luton with his Theatretrain Story
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