Stageworks Performing Arts School

About us (staff & uniform)

StageWorks was founded by Emma-Jane Taylor in 2000 and is part of The Works Company ( StageWorks first opened in Henley then expanded to Bristol in 2004, and then other schools opened in Benson & Cookham in 2007, Caversham in 2010 and Cholsey in 2020. StageWorks Bristol was franchised and subsequently sold on.

With over 300 students (young and old) around Oxfordshire and Berkshire we soon became one of the most recognised Performing Arts Schools in the local areas. With our high standards and good reputation in Performing Arts, we are proud to work closely with our community and our strong team of supporters to continually develop our schools and good work. Our team is made up of qualified trained professionals who are CRB checked. We do not tolerate discrimination.

We work closely with many Community events: Festivals, Carnivals, Gala nights, local operatic groups, charities

We align with Riverside Counselling to continue supporting young people going through difficulties. Our founder, Emma-Jane is their Ambassador. 

We work with Sally King Casting and have a number of students represented, and in the Spotlight Casting Directory. We have seen students performing in Mary Poppins, Matilda, Matilda the Musical, Oliver, The King and I, Madam Butterfly, Ragtime Musicals in the West End, Oxford Playhouse, St Trinians Movie, CBeebies, Nickolodean, Commercials, SKY TV, Disney Play Channel, Downton Abbey, Mr Tom, Mollie Moon, Waffle the Wonderdog, All is True movie with Dame Judi Dench & Kenneth Branagh, Mission Impossible with Tom Cruise and various other professional contracts. We were proud of Ted Wilson who went on to appear in the Tony award winning Matilda in the West End, and also in the Broadway Version.

Other students have performed locally in Musicals - Oklahoma, Footloose, Calamity Jane, Summer Holiday, Raffles, Mad About Musicals and in Plays such as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Graduate. Some older students have gone on to dance in Cabaret Troupes as well as furthering their careers in the Performing Arts at Colleges and Universities. We are pleased to see all our older students back helping out at our shows and believe the relationship we have with our students is truly long lasting.

StageWorks Performances

All students get the opportunity to perform at The Kenton Theatre, Henley each year. These major productions give students the opportunity to perform in a professional working theatre with a professional team deepening their training with us at StageWorks.

We also work closely with our students to perform showcases each summer to display their work to the family and friends. This is a great warm up to the big stage, and an opportunity for each class to excel in their musical theatre abilities.

Exam based classes:

LAMDA - Students aged 6+ who wish to further develop their acting skills can take extra classes to prepare them for nationally recognised LAMDA exams (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). 

ISTD – Students who want to perfect their dancing abilities can also join our ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) exam classes in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz.

Summer Workshops:

Throughout July and August, we run children’s workshop. Our bespoke workshops are creative, fun, engaging and allow children the opportunity to develop their skills, build confidence and self-belief.

Adult Dance and Fitness Classes:

We have over 15 adult classes each week. For more information on these classes please email and visit

Principal of StageWorks, Emma Jane Taylor opened the school in 2000 to give children the opportunity to enjoy all the things she enjoyed as a child. She says “What I really wanted for StageWorks was to not only give children the necessary skills but also to build their confidence, self-belief, determination and motivation in a world where it is important to support children’s mental and emotional wellbeing. The StageWorks team all work over and above to ensure our students all have plenty of education and fun at StageWorks.” Emma-Jane also works as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Mentor for all ages. For more information on this side of her work please visit her website

If you would like further information please email or visit our website

"StageWorks classes give children confidence, self belief, determination and motivation in whatever they choose to do with their life.  No-one is incapable of singing, dancing or acting!"


All StageWorks staff are fully trained, DBS checked, qualified and experienced in the Performing Arts. We run a training scheme for junior teachers wanting to move into the performing arts, all juniors are paid as per the National Wage structure. 

StageWorks prides itself on having a young, dynamic and positive team whose main aim is to encourage the children in the Performing Arts. The team meet once every term to make sure they are working to the same standards.

All the staff take time to work with each student individually. Whilst all the staff work hard there is also a lot of fun and the atmosphere throughout the year is what makes StageWorks one of the most desirable schools to join in the local area. All staff continue to perform in professional and amateur productions.

uniform and class information

All students must have correct footwear i.e. jazz shoes and tap shoes. We have a uniform that students must adhere to in their classes and we also use this when we 'turn out' at all our events. 

Uniform: COMPULSORY - Black StageWorks T-Shirt, Black StageWorks Dance trousers, Black Jazz shoes, Black Tap shoes.

Uniform: OPTIONAL - StageWorks Hoodie with their initials on the back.

Mobile phones MUST be switched off during class time. Hair must be tied up and off the face. NO jewellery to be worn at anytime.

All classes start on time and students should arrive and be dropped off 5 minutes before class starts. We ask that parents leave the hall whilst the classes are in progress to prevent disruption. Parents must collect children on time after each class. We will not allow children to leave unattended. For the Jelly Tot Classes we will allow parents to stay upstairs.

PLEASE NOTE: Parents are duly bound to collect their child from class on time, we have a 5 minute late policy and parents must contact StageWorks to update the team if they are running late. We will always ensure students are waiting with DBS checked responsible adults. StageWorks will always liaise with parents on the arrangements for collection if parents are to be late. 

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