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

Claire Clegg

Claire Clegg

Drama Tutor

An experienced LAMDA and Trinity tutor, Claire has RADA Certification in Contemporary Theatre with Training in Voice, Movement, Physical and Classical Theatre

Nicola Martinus-Smith

Musical Theatre Tutor

A professional actress, Nicola has a Diploma in Musical Theatre from CPA Studios and a Diploma in Dance Instruction in Tap Dance from ISTD

Nicola Martinus-Smith
Alexander Bell

Alexander Bell

Drama Tutor

A Theatrix alumnus, Alex is an Acting graduate of the University of Northampton, now studying for an MA in Actor Training and Coaching at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Anna Jones

Drama Tutor

A Theatrix alumnus, Anna trained in Theatre and Performance Studies at The University of Warwick and has an MA in Theatre in Education from the Central School of Speech and Drama. Anna has performed at the Edinburgh Festival and has been a secondary school teacher for the last seven years.

Anna Jones
Amber Townsend

Amber Townsend

Drama Tutor

Amber trained with the Actors Temple. She has worked as both an actor and director and has been teaching for three years.

Emily Carhart

Drama Tutor

A Theatrix alumnus, Emily co-founded local fringe theatre company, Black Box Theatre. Her acting credits range from: Shakespeare, most recently in Black Box’s production of Julius Caesar at the Roman theatre of Verulamium in St Albans, to Priestly in An Inspector Calls at the Maltings Theatre as well as modern plays including Dumb Show for the Company of Ten at the Abbey Theatre. Emily has also directed a production of The Importance of Being Earnest.

Emily Carhart
Donna Borg

Donna Borg

Drama Tutor

A professional actress, Donna has a Diploma in Acting from Drama Studio London. She worked as a teacher in Malta for 4 years and has been teaching in the UK for the past 3 years. Donna is one of our current cover tutors.

Harry Boyd

Drama and Musical Theatre Tutor

A professional actor, Harry has an MA from Guildford School of Acting. He also has a certification in stage combat. Harry sings with London Contemporary Voices. He has been teaching for 3 years. Harry is one of our current cover tutors.

Harry Boyd
Duncan Kennedy

Duncan Kennedy

Musical Theatre Tutor

A student at the London Film Academy, and a Theatrix alumnus where he achieved distinction at grade 7 and 8 for Acting in Pairs awarded by Trinity College London. He is currently directing St Albans Youth Music Theatre’s next show and has recently directed a short film. Duncan is one of our current cover tutors.

Dennis O'Connell-Baker

Partner

A trained teacher and administrator.

Dennis O'Connell-Baker
Rachel Barker

Rachel Barker

Administrator

A trained Administrator and HR practitioner. The Local Representative of the Trinity College (London) Examination Service.

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Teaching Venue

The Abbey Theatre

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whatyousay

Theatrix Parents and Alumni



My two boys have been going to Theatrix for a number of years and absolutely love it. The younger of the two does both the drama class and the musical theatre class and can’t decide which he prefers as they are equally so enjoyable. Neither son is particularly confident and Theatrix has suited them well as the environment is so incredibly nurturing, allowing them to harness and express their own personalities without fear. The teachers are very respectful towards the children which fosters a great reciprocal relationship and a wonderful sense of “family” that my sons have come to love. In turn, the children are also respectful to one another which cultivates an imperative sense of security underpinning everything. My boys always look forward to their classes and leave feeling enthusiastic and excited about what they’ve learned and the projects they’re working on. Everything is fun! I’d thoroughly recommend Theatrix, especially if your child is more timid. The confidence my sons have developed over time is of lifelong value and is continuing to grow and grow. Thank you Theatrix!
Sarah Guilfoyle - Mum to Richard (12) & Isaac (9)

I’d also like to thank you all so much for giving my child the great experiences they have had during their first year at Theatrix. They joined the drama school as a way of coping with low self confidence and anxiety and they have loved every session.
Mrs A - mother of Theatrix Student

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 - mother of Michael

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 - 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 - Director, National Theatre

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 - 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 - 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