Stageworks Performing Arts School

Everything you need to know about us!

StageWorks was founded by Emma-Jane in 2000 & is part of The Works Company.

StageWorks first opened in Henley-on-Thames in 2000, then expanded to Bristol in 2004, in 2007 the doors opened in Benson & Cookham and in 2010 Caversham was opened. StageWorks Bristol was franchised and subsequently sold on.

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 communities and also with our strong team of supporters to continually develop our schools and good work. Our team is made up of qualified trained professionals who are DBS checked. We do not tolerate discrimination and take a great consideration to safe-guarding. We understand the importance of maintaining sensible guidelines when managing young peoples development. Personally, I work closely with Jasmine, our trainee educational mental practitioner. Jasmine is trained to identify signs of abuse, neglect, suicidal and self harm ideation/action, she is also trained to report and signpost to other services.

We are privileged to work closely with many Community events including Festivals, Carnivals, Gala nights, local operatic groups, charities and schools.

We support Riverside Counselling - Riverside Counselling Service is a registered charity that has been providing a professional, affordable counselling service to the local community since 1989. They offer counselling to adults and young people from the age of 12. They are committed to providing an accessible service across the community relying on donations and grants. who work closely with young people going through difficulties. Our Principal and Founder, Emma-Jane Taylor is their Ambassador. You can donate directly to Riverside Counselling during any of our show weeks, or follow the link above to their website to make an online donation.

We also 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.


All students get the opportunity to perform at our outside performances, on the beautiful river banks of the River Thames, in early summer at The Eyot Centre, Henley and at The Kenton Theatre, Henley for our Winter Production - please note there are extra rehearsal dates and weekends throughout the year where we expect students to attend.

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.

If you are interested in joining our 'Costume team' then please make yourself known to the team.

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). 

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, as well as have lots of summer holiday fun.

Adult Dance and Fitness Classes

We have over 10 adult classes each week. For more information on these classes please email Ann Burley here.

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 here.

"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, and follow a training plan.

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, 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 - unless parents have told us otherwise. For the Jelly Tot Classes we will allow parents to stay.

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 if parents are late *StageWorks will always liaise with parents on the arrangements for collection if parents are to be late. 

Diary Dates
Please contact the admin team directly with an up to date list of our dates; including term dates/ shows and rehearsals.
* please note we do not run any adult or child class during Henley Royal Regatta or Henley Festival Week.


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