As the school started in 2003 our first Alumni entering further training and/or work in the performing arts didn’t happen until 2008. Since that time we have seen ever increasing numbers of students go through our school to gain places at prestigious performing arts colleges and universities that enable them to pursue further training in the performing arts. Many of our students have of course also chosen to go on to study and work in areas outside of performing arts but are continuing their enjoyment of drama through participation in amateur theatre. Here though is a selection of past students who have taken what they learnt and loved at Act One Beginners to pursue their training further.
Alex Haynes (2006-2016) Head Girl 2014-15 Alex is taking a Drama & Theatre Studies degree at Kent University.
Jack Marshall (2006-2014) Head Boy 2013-14 Jack has graduated from his Musical Theatre training at Italia Conti.
Hannah Woodger (2009-2014) Hannah has graduated with a Degree in Drama from Royal Holloway and has taken shows to Edinburgh Fringe 2015 & 2016.
Bruce Earle (2010-2015) Bruce now has an agent and has appeared in a variety of films and shorts and starred in the Netflix Series Free Reign.
Emma Peadon (2003-2013) Head Girl 2012-13 Emma has graduated from Kent University with a BA (Hons) Drama & Theatre Studies and is currently participating in a variety of student touring productions prior to auditioning for an MA at Drama School.
Alex Reed (2009-2013) Alex has graduated from Winchester University with a BA (Hons) Drama.
Saskia Ingham-Jerrey (2008-2013) Saskia has graduated from Loughborough University with a BA (Hons) Drama with English. She has directed shows at Edinburgh Festival and Loughborough and worked in theatre and TV in USA.
Tim Hewitt (2003-2012) Head Boy 2010-11 Tim has graduated with a Drama Degree from University of Kent.
Amy Bennett (2007-2013) Amy has graduated with her 3 year Diploma from Millennium Performing Arts College.
Sophie Karaolis (2003-2012) Sophie has just completed her 3 year diploma in Musical Theatre at Laine Theatre Arts and is now travelling the world as a performer for P&O Australia.
Matt Harris (2010-2012) Matt has graduated from Arts Educational with a degree in Acting and is now auditioning.
Sophie McCartney (2010-2012) After being awarded a First Class (Hons) Drama Degree from Essex University, which included studying in California for a year, Sophie has worked as Sound Board operator and Assistant Director Intern in London with Palindrome Productions. She is now working as a Runner and Assistant Director on a variety of TV shows and films.
Nikki Yawson (2009-2011) Nikki has graduated from Rose Bruford Drama School and is currently auditioning.
Genevieve Cutcliffe (2006-2011) Gen has graduated from Laine Theatre Arts with her 3 year diploma in Dance and is currently auditioning. Gen has worked at Disneyland Tokyo.
Alex Covell (2003-2011) Head Girl 2010-11 Alex was awarded a First Class (Hons) Degree in Theatre and Education by the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama in London and is working as Assistant Tutor/Research for Access All Areas and Drama Practitioner at the National Citizenship Service.
Katharine Farmer (2009-2011) Katharine graduated with First Class (Hons) in Theatre Studies and Performance from Warwick University and runs her own production company Dead Posh Productions. She spent a year working in California as a Director where she was awarded the Santa Barbara Indy Award for Directing and is now working as a Director in the UK.
Becky Reynolds (2003-2011) Head Girl 2009-10 Becky has also graduated from Warwick University with a degree in English and Theatre Studies and is now working in theatres front of house and in production.
Harry Casella (2003-2009) Harry has graduated from Winchester University with a First Class Degree in Dance & Drama studies and completed a Foundation year at Urdang Academy. He is now seeing the world while performing for P and O.
Elodie Bass (2003-2009) Elodie graduated from University of Sussex in 2014 and has been performing in a variety of local performances as well as working as singer/songwriter. She is also pursuing her passion for stage make up and is auditioning for a place at full time drama school.
Jemma Gould (2006-2009) Head Girl 2008-09 Jemma was awarded a First Class (Hons) Degree by The London Studios and is now working professionally in the industry as a dancer, choreographer and model.
Jonty Egginton (2003-2008) Head Boy 2008-09 Jonty runs his own video/film production company called Egg Media.
Sam Casella (2003-2008) Head Boy 2007-08 Sam completed his Drama degree at Exeter University and after setting up his own production company and taking part in various film/theatre projects Sam decided to undertake teacher training at Reading University. He completed this, being rated as ‘Outstanding’ and is now teaching in Junior school. Sam was our first Head Boy and first student Class Assistant and in fact also taught his own class at Act One Beginners for a year - so we’ve always known he was outstanding.