Kristina Hewitt - School Principal & Tutor
Kristina was the youngest pupil of Act One Beginners when it first opened its doors in 2003, and continued on until she was 18. During her time at Act One she was a class assistant and taught the dance classes. Since leaving Act One she has gained a BA Hons degree in Musical Theatre from the prestigious Urdang Academy in London, where she has been trained by some of the industries leading professionals. As a child she worked professionally in Film, TV and stage. She has completed all of her LAMDA exams including Gold acting where she received a distinction. From a young age, a passion for drama and the theatre was instilled in her by her mother Beverly whom is the founder of this school. Kristina loves this school and will endeavour to continue on the high standards that have been embedded by her mother Beverly.
Olivia Marshall - Class Assistant/Head Girl
Olivia is currently in our Graduates class and has been a member of Act One Beginners since January 2007. She has worked her way through Lamda exams to Medal level and participated in all of our shows and showcases, performed in professional pantomime and represented the school in competitive drama festivals many times. A recipient of many and varied Act One Beginner cups and awards over the years, Olivia is an excellent and loyal student who is now looking to increase her drama knowledge and learn some teaching and communication skills as an assistant in the Advanced Class.
Jake McCallum - Class Assistant/Head Boy
anced ClassJake joined Act One Beginners 5 years ago and instantly made an impression. He has won several awards at Act One Beginners and has participated and represented the school in festival. He is really excited to be head boy and wants to pursue acting in the future.
Beverly Hewitt - Founder
Beverly opened Act One Beginners in 2003 following appeals from parents of children she had directed in a local amateur production of The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe to work with their children on a more regular basis. Beverly used her own performance experience along with her love of teaching to enthuse and inform her students. These qualities, along with expertise in textual analysis, creative writing and modern drama practice and theory gained from her First Class Honours Degree, combine to provide high quality drama tuition. As a member of the Society of Speech and Drama Teachers, Beverly was committed to the highest standards of teaching of Speech and Dramatic Art in every form. However, what makes Act One Beginners special is that at the very heart of her ethos, Beverly tried her hardest to infuse her students with her own love of theatre and her enthusiasm for everything that Drama has to offer, which is something she has passed onto her daughter. Beverly lives on in the spirit of all those she taught.