Saturday Skills Academy September Newsletter


We hope you feel refreshed after your Summer break and are ready to kickstart into a new year of Skills Academy on Saturday 15 September! Most Saturday courses are now FULL, but there are limited places on some courses:

  • Musical Theatre Discover (Ages 4-7): A fun-packed term of singing and dancing where your child will learn the importance of listening and team work and will develop their concentration and creativity skills.
  • Drama Explore (Ages 7-10): NEW LOOK DRAMA PATHWAY. Your child will discover for the very first time what it's actually like to act for screen and stage, just like a professional actor! With the new improved Drama Pathway, they will develop their acting skills in both mediums, while having fun and working as a team.
  • Drama Trainee (Ages 10-13)NEW LOOK DRAMA PATHWAY. Your child will start developing their acting skills even further in our brand new Drama Pathway, giving them the opportunity to act for screen and stage just like a professional actor! This term, they will develop their acting skills in both mediums, preparing them for the next stage of their acting training. 

Please remember that your Saturday Skills Academy membership is NOT automatically renewed from last term, so you must book again if you wish to attend this term.

For further information and to book, please visit Saturday Skills Academy.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Cone Ripman Kids Agency Launch

We are officially launching our very own agency!

Cone Ripman Kids are going to be represented by theatre, television and film agency, BIJOU Talent. Francesca Leyland runs the agency and trained at ArtsEd, so our shared ethos and beliefs make a perfect fit.

Interested in joining the Cone Ripman Kids agency? Please visit the Skills Academy page, and sign up to the course 'Cone Ripman Kids' to register your interest, and we will email you the information pack.

In order to join the agency, you must be prepared to take part in a workshop audition and Q&A session on Sunday 30 September. Times and requirements will be posted on the ArtsEd website shortly.

Find out more on the BIJOU TALENT website.

Introducing 16+ Courses

This year we have introduced BRAND NEW 16+ courses in Musical Theatre and Drama. Work with ArtsEd tutors and industry professionals, focus on exciting and challenging projects and perform as part of the National Theatre Connections Project.

Visit our website for more information, and contact Jonathan Goodwin to register your interest:

Private Lesson Development

We are extending our teaching team so we can offer more 1:1 or small group lessons. We can now offer:

• 1:1 singing
• 1:1 acting for stage and screen
• 1:1 Dance classes
• Small group dance classes
• Small group singing
• Audition preparation
• All of the LAMDA exams

By mid-September we will have an online booking system available for all private lessons, which will make booking much more efficient. 

New Staff

Maggie Pagliarulo

We are thrilled to welcome Maggie Pagliarulo to our team to help with LAMDA examinations training!

Maggie is highly experienced in the theatre industry and has trained under famous actors and dance trainers, such as Joanne Stoyer from West Side Story and Iver Megido. 

During her career she has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and performed on television. For 30 years, she has been the country's most successful LAMDA teacher; many of her pupils gaining Gold medals with distinction in all areas of the syllabus. Her mentoring and training has fully prepared children for their auditions at leading Performing Arts and Private schools, and she is fully qualified to examine LAMDA exams. She says:

“Nurturing children's talent is a forte of mine and making each individual child find and develop their uniqueness, in order to help grow their confidence.”

With Maggie as part of the team, we can now offer a huge range of LAMDA exams. Please find out more on the LAMDA exam page.


Rachel Dussek 

We are very excited to welcome Rachel Dussek, who will be joining our private singing team.

Rachel trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, and is a singer, actor and musician. Before crossing over into Musical Theatre, Rachel trained in classical singing and has performed in operas and choirs across London, as well as giving solo recitals.

Also an accomplished instrumentalist (clarinet, violin, piano), Rachel has performed in the Royal Albert Hall, St John Smith Square, Southwark Cathedral, and venues across Europe.

Performance credits include Babe Williams in The Pajama Game, Laurey Williams in Oklahoma, Maria in the Sound of Music, The Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, and ensemble roles in Cabaret, Rent, and La Bohème. She has over 10 years' teaching experience and has worked peripatetically in schools for 5 years. She currently teaches singing one-to-one on the Urdang Accelerate course. She has previously studied with Mary King, Lydia Easton and Sara Reynolds, all of whom have strengthened Rachel's belief in the importance of combining solid technique with expression, communication, and artistry.

Perform at the Lord Mayor's Show!

The Lord Mayor's Show is a medieval pageant that will take place in central London, celebrating the election of the new Lord Mayor. This outdoor procession will take place on Saturday 10 November and the theme this year is 'Careers of the Future - 2050'. 

We have been approached to represent a recruitment company called ‘Blenheim Chalcot’ at the parade. Each child will have a costume made especially for them to represent careers of the future. These costumes will be made by the same designers from Strictly Come Dancing - have a sneak peek at the designs

We will be holding auditions in mid-September and will send over more information in due course.


You may not be aware that ArtsEd has both a Day School and Sixth Form that boast both performance and academic excellence. Find out more and book a place at one of our Open Evenings in September!

Day School Open Evening | Wednesday 26 September, 6pm

Sixth Form Open Evening | Tuesday 25 September, 6pm

Dates for your Diary

Autumn Term: Saturday 15 September –  Saturday 1 December 

Autumn Half Term (No classes): Saturday 20 October & Saturday 27 October 

Spring Term: Saturday 12 January - Saturday 30 March

Spring Half Term (No classes): Saturday 16 February & Saturday 23 February

Summer Term: Saturday 20 April – Saturday 29 June

Summer Half Term (No classes): Saturday 1 June

Show in the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre: Saturday 16 March

Showcase performances: Saturday 29 June

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