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Meet the staff at Read Theatre School

Shani Woodley – Principal

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Shani has trained extensively for many years in various styles of dance, including Ballet, Tap, Modern, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. She studied Musical Theatre at The Brit School of Performing Arts for two years and then continued her studies at Chichester University graduating with a BA Hons in Dance.

Having recently taken her DDI teaching qualifications in ISTD Modern Theatre and Tap, Shani has also taken her Level One and Two in the Estill Voice Training Programme and plans on continuing her work with the Estill Voice Training. Shani also teaches and choreographs for various theatre, dance schools and companies within the area.

Priding herself in her keen eye for detail, high expectations and passion for the Arts, Shani loves helping young performers to blossom and grow, whilst having fun and learning new skills.

Hayley Allerton - Acting Coach & Director

IMG_2100-2Hayley achieved a BA Hons in Theatre Studies with Dance at The University of Hull and completed her actor training at The Rep College.

With a background predominantly in Repertory theatre, credits include Lady Macbeth; Carol, Shakers; Val, Fen; Anne, Fall; and Vera in The Odd Couple.

Hayley completed a year touring Europe and the US as Wendy in the Bob the Builder Live international tour. Building on her career in Recorded Media she presented the Cowes Powerboat Race for Sky Sports, and appeared as Jess in PRIDE for BBC Films.

Hayley loves teaching Drama because it reinforces the importance of interaction; communication and teamwork in every aspect of life, while helping young performers build confidence and most importantly have fun!

Juliette Caton – Creative Patron

Juliette-CatonsqJuliette became Creative Patron of RTS in 2013, mentoring and guiding the school’s creative direction, bringing to the school her valuable experience of an extensive professional performing career and years of expertise in the training of young performers.

Jamie & Helen Read – Founders

Jamie & Helen Read, both ex-professional performers themselves – with West End credits to their names, founded what was previously known as Read Dance & Theatre School in October 2006 out of a passion for bringing accessible professional performing arts training to the Thatcham and Newbury area. Together they ran the school for six very happy years. Helen and Jamie then established Read Dance & Theatre College, to provide full-time Foundation level Musical Theatre training and in 2013, passed the reigns of the theatre school to the team that is now lead by Principal – Julie Loison, to enable them time with their young family and to expand the courses on offer at the college which now also offers a Foundation Course in Acting and a Sixth Form Course which opens in Sept 2015. Jamie and Helen continue to be huge supporters of the school and both of their children enjoy weekly classes with us.