Kristina Hewitt - School Principal & Tutor

Kristina was a 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.  She also has a ISTD DDE in Modern dance. She is also qualified with the Acrobatic Arts syllabus. As a child she worked professionally in Film, TV and stage.  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.


James Whitaker - Class Assistant/Head Boy           

James is currently a member of our Graduate class. He joined Act One over 8 years ago and has been fully committed ever since. He has won many awards, par taken in shows and festivals. He is the assistant for the Junior and Senior class. He is really excited to be head boy and a class assistant.


Sam Cunningham - Class Assistant/Head Boy

Sam joined at the same time as James, and they really come as a pair. Like James, Sam has participated in shows and festivals. Sam is the assistant for our Advanced class. Sam would like to pursue drama as a career, and enjoys helping and inspiring younger members of the school.  


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.