about us

Patron

Tim McInnerny

Principal

Rosemarie Partridge AGSM LRAM(Acting)

a trained actor and teacher
a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
a member of The Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama

Rosemarie has over 30 years experience teaching and directing young people and adults.
Establishing Theatrix in 1980 with just six students, she has overseen its growth and development to become
a highly succesful performing arts centre whose excellent reputation is based on the achievements of its students and actors.

Theatrix Tutors

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Rosemarie Partridge

Drama Tutor

A graduate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Edd Mitton

Musical Theatre Tutor

A graduate of the London School of Dance

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miriam

Miriam Simmons

Drama Tutor

A graduate of New College of Speech and Drama (Middlesex University)

Michael Keir

Drama Tutor

A graduate of the Webber Douglas Drama Academy and Central School of Speech and Drama

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suzy

Suzy Duxbury

Drama Tutor

An Associate of Trinity College London
Speech and Drama Teacher

Alan Allkins

Teacher Training Tutor

Formerly BEd(Hons) Course Leader at the Central School of Speech and Drama

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james

James Ball

Drama Tutor

Graduate of the University of East Anglia (UEA) with a BA (Hons.) Drama and Foundation In Acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)

Katie McCullough

Playwright-in-Residence

A graduate of Bournemouth Media School and the Royal Court, London

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dennis

Dennis O'Connell-Baker

Administrator

A trained teacher and administrator.
The Local Representative of the Trinity Guildhall Examination Service

Teaching Venue

The Abbey Theatre

Link to Venues Page


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Theatrix Parents and Alumni

It is the best thing we have done for Michael,
to enrol him in Theatrix.
The teachers are fun, professional and inspiring. The other
students are friendly and supportive and there is a great
sense of teamwork. The productions are varied in style and
thoroughly enjoyable to watch.
I asked Michael for one word which describes Theatrix
and he said "awesome!"
Janet Bird - mother of Michael

Theatrix is a unique and extraordinary institution. The staff
nurture and encourage the creativity and self expression
of the students from the youngest to the oldest. Rosemarie
and Dennis seem not only to find briliant staff, but also to
get together groups of students who form friendships, and
who support and encourage each other over the years, rather
than weeks.
The brilliant productions and performances, and exceptional
exam results, are a testament to the effectiveness of the
teaching and the enthusiasm of the students. I cannot
recommend Theatrix highly enough.
Roger Walton - father of Stanley

Theatrix has given my children far more than their expensive
schools have ever done. What I love about the group is that
the children are learning really important life skills whilst
having fun.
Not only do they act, but they learn to
work co-operatively with different ages, abilities, and
temperaments. No-one is ever left out, or made to feel
marginalised, and they develop the confidence to have
a go and try something new.
Louise Gross - mother of Aurelia and William
Rosemarie was my first teacher and nutured my passion for
acting and making theatre. Acting, she taught us, wasn't just
about individual success but working with a group
to create drama celebrating the strange beaauty of the
everyday world. Rosemarie made us feel like we could move
mountains. I know hundreds of pupils who have since
benefitted from her wisdom, passion, and generosity.
Long may Theatrix flourish!
Simon Godwin - Associate Director, Royal Court

Our son has been part of Theatrix for nearly eight years now
and he has enjoyed every moment. It has done wonders for
his confidence annd self-belief, as well as giving him a
a fantastic group of friends and a love of English, drama and
writing.
He has been involved in some amazing productions and we
look forward to his next performance.
Angela Gray - mother of Connor

Alexander joined Theatrix when he was only nine years
old. In the years he has worked with them he has gained
confidence, friends, and a range of transferrable skills which
he could not have got anywhere else. I am extremely
grateful to Theatrix for providing him with opportunities and
experiences which I could never have provided, and for
giving him the confidence to follow his dream.
Caroline Large - mother of Alexander Bell

Theatrix has been such a fantastic experience for our son -
it has both challenged and inspired him and has given
him the opportunity to develop his love of theatre in a
nurturing environment, whilst all the time having fun too!
Tricia Gibbons - mother of Elliott


WHY WE LOVE THEATRIX......
Eight years ago we looked at number of other drama schools before deciding on Theatrix because we liked their more structured approach to acting and the ability to sit real exams (however odd that sounds). As our daughter even at primary school was fairly serious about her drama, for us it was an easy choice. At Theatrix it wasn't just a case of "doing a show" for parents once a year with a bit of singing, dancing and acting thrown in - we felt that the kids seemed to be
gaining a solid grounding in real drama skills which would
stand them in good stead if they wanted to study the subject
at school or even at a higher level. The bonus was that somehow the teachers were managing to instill all this whilst
the kids were still having a great time! I am still after 8 years
sruck by how much the students learn, even in the
younger groups and how this translates into achieving consistently excellent examination results.

Our choice all those years ago has proved sound: Theatrix' im-
pact on our daughter's GCSE work was invaluable and she also
successfully auditioned to become a member of the National Youth Theatre. Along the way she has made strong enduring friendships with her fellow students, participated in some wonderful performances - some serious like Hamlet, some lighter like Little Shop of Horrors - and to be honest had the absolute time of her life. Oh and she has also learned a lot about playwriting - thanks to Katie and Rosemarie! We're still with Theatrix, looking forward to another couple of years and wondering where she'll go next.... Our younger daughter has now followed her into the Theatrix fold - we would not have considered sending her anywhere else. She is much more shy and finds new experiences hard, but within a very few weeks she had settled in and was enjoying her classes. The difference in her confidence level is amazing. I am optimistic that Theatrix will make a huge difference to her life - although she may never seek the spotlight with quite the quiet determination as her sister!
Sue Townsend - mother of Amber and Fern