Upstagers Academy Summer School
Upstagers Academy

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About Upstagers Academy

Upstagers has been providing a creative outlet for youngsters in Ilkley and the surrounding district for nearly thirty years. Our theatre classes are incredibly important to us, and we believe Upstagers Academy will offer more benefits and opportunities than ever before. We’ve brought a number of new, incredibly talented people on board with a wealth of experience and new ideas. We’re combining this with the young creative talent behind our recent and future Upstagers Theatre shows to bring you a tremendous team of teachers to provide fulfilling, fun, and beneficial classes to our next generation of Upstagers stars.

Our participants get the most out of their experience by building confidence and developing communication skills, whilst also having a lot of fun and meeting new friends. We are proud that a number of of Upstagers alumni have created successful careers in theatre and other forms of acting, and we look to build on this in the future.

Classes are available for six year olds up to young adults. All classes take place at 'The Barn', (Upstagers' home) opposite Ilkley railway station.

We are always happy to consider new classes, so if you have an idea or request for a new class then please feel free to contact us.

Term times

Upstagers Academy runs during local school term times, with breaks for the holidays and during certain Upstagers shows. We occasionally run special workshops during holiday periods, keep checking our web site and Facebook and Twitter feeds for details.


  • Monday

    Choral Singing

    Ages 6-13
    with Sally Egan


    Sally directed our Joseph Choir on Monday evenings, these sessions proved so wildly popular we brought Choral Singing classes to Upstagers Academy.

    Class-specific enquiries:

  • Tuesday


    Ages 7-11 (KS2)
    with George Scaife

    Ages 11-14 (KS3)
    with George Scaife


    Our Theatre classes are run by George Scaife, star of many Upstagers shows and pantomime villain extraordinaire!

    Class-specific enquiries:

  • Wednesday


    Ages 9-12
    with Tracie Booth & George Scaife

    Ages 12-16
    with Tracie Booth, George Scaife & Fiona Forfar


    We are delighted to have Tracie Booth on board as our Upstagers Academy Programme Coordinator. Tracie has a tremendous wealth of experience in teaching drama and is lloves helping mould our next generation of Upstagers stars!

    Our Wednesday Performance classes are by audition only. For class-specific, or general Upstagers Academy enquiries please email

    One-on-one tuition

    Ages 12+
    with Tracie Booth

    Ages 9-11
    with Tracie Booth

    We are offering private one-to-one sessions for students who may be preparing festival entries, Trinity exams, audition pieces, for drama exams or any other reason.

    Places are limited, if you are interested please email Tracie Booth at

  • Saturday


    Ages 6-11
    with George Scaife & George Harvey

    £3.50 per class

    Class-specific enquiries:

Pay-per-term fees

Based on a twelve week term, our termly fees are £65 per term for 90 minute classes and £55 per term for 60 minute classes.

Our teachers

  • Tracie Booth - Programme Coordinator

    Tracie comes to Upstagers Academy with a wealth of experience, she has been teaching drama in some of the most prestigious schools in Yorkshire for over twenty years. Many of her students now appear on our television screens or in the West End, and/or are go onto further education in performance-related disciplines.

    After studying and performing in many professional shows as a child, Tracie then began teaching - she runs her own drama school whilst freelance teaching.

    Tracie prides herself on a 100% pass rate with the Trinity A Examination board and loves to see the children she teaches become successful in their chosen craft.

  • Sally Egan

    Sally Egan joins our Upstagers Academy team with a tremendous teaching record. She led our choir for Upstagers 2016 spring show, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat, and these rehearsal proved so popular we’re pleased to announce Sally has agreed to take Choral Singing classes on Monday evenings.

    Since 2013, Sally has been Vocal Director with In Harmony Opera North - directing seven choirs through Leeds and the local community, and delivering the vocal curriculum. Since 2008, she has also been Choral Director at Leeds Cathedral Choir School, directing the choirs, devising and delivering the children’s vocal programme, writing musical arrangements and original compositions, and vocal coaching. Credits include live broadcasts on BBC R4 and BBC TV, and prizes at numerous music festivals. Sally is also Workshop Leader/Choral Animateur at Opera North.

    Sally is a former Singing Teacher to the Choristers of Westminster Cathedral, Choral Director for the Diocese of Leeds Sing Up! Chorister Outreach Programme, Vocal Coach at Sony Music, Decca Classics & Angelis Recordings, Mentoring Teacher for Wakefield and Kirklees Music Services, and has mentored Community Music students from Leeds College of Music.