Stageworks Performing Arts School


Emma Jane Taylor - Principal and Director of StageWorks Ltd - Dance Coach

Emma Jane has trained in the Performing Arts since she was 3 years old and she opened StageWorks in 2000 at The HAODS Studio in Henley. She has developed the school with her team of instructors to become one of the most recognised Performing Arts schools in the home counties. Emma Jane has been in the Performing Arts industry all her life and has been fortunate enough to perform in the West End, television and various other professional performances as a dancer - Wembley Arena for World Dance, fashion shows, cabaret in and around the UK.

She has her own TV Show with That's Oxford TV. She presents the show weekly on well being, nutrition and lifestyle. For further information please contact Emma-Jane's PA, Claire Johnson at

Emma Jane has choreographed, directed and produced many shows - Summer Holiday, West Side Story, Little Shop of Horrors, Me and my Girl, Pickwick, Kiss me Kate to name but a few she has choreographed- musicals, pantomimes, dinner dances, fashion shows, showcases, variety shows as well as choreographing the leading Thames Valley Chorus Barbershoppers to their silver trophy win in Harrogate, she has also been on BBC Radio 'Under the Spotlight' and has worked at The Mill in Sonning for the actors? retirement charity.

Emma Jane enjoys her work at StageWorks very much 'The children give you so much satisfaction - they work so hard and we have SO much fun with them. I have watched them develop over the years and I am very proud of each and every one of my students. I am also very lucky to be able to work with such a dedicated, positive and happy team!

It is also rewarding when some of our students are chosen to be in professional shows, TV and Film. Not all the students desire to be on the Big Screen or Treading the Boards but those that do have ample opportunities with us.

If you would like further information on my private work or adult tap/dance please email or call 01491 877205 

Emma-Jane is also a qualified Nutrition & Weight Management Consultant and runs courses at NutritiousWorks Ltd for anyone looking to change their lives, eat healthier and lose weight. Call 01491 877205 and speak to Emma-Jane or visit her website

Lloyd White - Drama Coach

Lloyd has been acting and directing in one form or another for most of his life and brings a vast amount of experience to his teaching role with Stageworks. Lloyd has worked with several different companies both locally and further afield and has experience in many different aspects of theatre work both on stage and off. The course Lloyd teaches includes working in different acting styles and techniques as well as learning about the technical side of theatre work, auditions, diction, character building, working with scripts and direction. The aim is to build not only the skills of the students but their confidence in performing.

James Gwynne - Vocal Coach

James Gwynne

James has been playing music from a very young age, first sitting down at the piano before he could walk!  An accomplished musician, playing piano, guitar, clarinet and saxophone, James is no stranger to performing.  After studying Performing Arts at DeMontfort University, James came to Henley and has established himself as a versatile and award-winning actor, with leads in such shows as Singin' In The Rain, Oklahoma!, Amadeus and Calamity Jane, to name but a few.  He has also had a couple of blink-and-you'll-miss-him appearances in Midsomer Murders.  James is delighted to be a part of the Stageworks team, and glad he can share his wealth of musical knowledge with the students

Victoria Harvey

Victoria HarveyVictoria has been dancing since the age of 2 1/2 years and it has always been the main focus and passion in her life. Firstly as a recreational activity where, whilst growing up, Victoria participated in many weekly classes at a local school in Berkshire including Modern, Tap, Street Jazz, Ballet and Musical Theatre . During her many years dancing she has studied the Modern Theatre syllabus up to Advanced one and the Tap syllabus up to Advanced 2. Her love of dance then lead her to study Dance and Performance Art at school with a view to making it her future career. She also studied triple Performing Arts GCSE and A- Level and Dance A- Level to a very high standard achieving A*'s and distinctions in her Performing Arts National Diploma. During her final year at sixth form, Victoria was also given the huge privilege of becoming Head Girl . Performing is a huge love of Victoria's and she has performed in various shows and competitions all over the country using her dance, drama and singing skills. These include the National Finals at Global Rock Challenge, Guys and Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors and she has had many lead rolls such as 'Golda' in Fiddler on the Roof.  She has also performed in venues such as The Royal Albert Hall and Sheffield Arena.  Victoria always knew that she wanted to work with children in the world of dance and from school continued into further education and attended The Linda Sweetzer Teacher Training College in September 2011. Here she gained her ISTD DDI teaching qualifications in Modern and Tap at the age of 19 and continues to study here to gain her ISTD DEE Modern and Tap qualifications. 

Olivia Shanahan - LAMDA Teacher 

Olivia Shanahan

Olivia was a student 8 years old, she moved into a Junior Teaching Assistant when she was 16 years and has developed her skills working with the tutors at StageWorks, she is now a LAMDA teacher. She has studied at college working towards a Business, Drama and English qualification. Olivia has performed in Summer Holiday, Oklahoma, Calamity Jane. Her professional credits include working with the BBC for a pilot show for children and as an extra in the St Trinians movie. She recently took the role of the Dame, Sarah the Cook in the Christmas 07 production of Dick Wittington. She has gone on to become one of our longer serving students!

Lauren Jones - Teaching Assistant

Lauren Jones

Lauren has been performing at the Kenton Theatre in Henley since she was 4 years old and she joined StageWorks when it opened in 2000, she was 6 years old. She has studied drama A level. Lauren has been in many of the StageWorks shows and has enjoyed being part of the annual Christmas Shows at The Kenton Theatre, Henley. She has also been part of the Henley Youth Festivals,School Performances and has been involved in many auditions for shows and competitions. Her las performance as a student was playing Glinda, the Good Witch in The Wiz which was the start of StageWorks 10 Year Anniversary. Lauren hopes to persue her passion for the performing arts and hopes her time with StageWorks will continued to assist her in her career.

Tom Yeates - Vocal coach

Naomi VallanceTom graduated from the Guildford School of Acting with first class honours in July 2008. He has also trained at Paul McCartney?s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.
He has appeared in numerous stage productions such as Sam, The Highest Jumper of Them All, The Finborough Theatre (for which he was also Musical Director), Oliver!, The Richmond Theatre, Anything Goes, The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, The Kitchen, The Mill Studio, A Night Out, The Electric Theatre, Hair, The Paul Macartney Auditorium and Suburbia, Fuente Ovejuna and Little Women all at The Bellairs Playhouse to name a few. His most recent work was alongside ?King of the Jungle? Joe Swash in Cinderella at The Central Theatre. Tom is both an actor and musician. He has been the lead singer and trombonist with the band ?Flipsidejack? for some years.
He has worked as a model, recently appearing in a worldwide Giorgio Armani commercial featuring Beyonc?. He also appeared in the ITV production of L?Enfance du Christ and The Richard and Judy Show. He has worked regularly as a voice over artist.

Ioan Havard - Drama Coach

Ioan Havard

Ioan has been involved in theatre from a very early age.  He has a wealth of knowledge both on stage & off, being an experienced crew member on many shows; set designer & builder; Stage Manager; follow spot & lighting operator; pyrotechnics and properties, as well as being an accomplished and award winning actor.  He is involved in many local companies and has performed at various venues, including The Wycombe Swan, Norden Farm, The Kenton Theatre, The Hexagon, The Kings Head, Islington and the fantastic Minack Open Air Theatre, Cornwall. A variety of acting roles include Yvan in Art, Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing, Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, Felix in Humble Boy, as well as appearances in Cabaret, Pippin, A Midsummer Night?s Dream and Beauty & The Beast. Ioan is also a regular Police Constable on ITV?s Midsomer Murders, has appeared in a Pepsi commercial and as an extra in numerous films.  As an accomplished photographer, he is official photographer for the Henley Fringe Festival

Ann Burley - Administrator & Tap Dance Teacher

No pictureAnn joined the StageWorks team in 2006 and does the administration for Cookham.  She has been dancing since she was 7 and has appeared in a number of shows in recent years including Kiss Me Kate, Oklahoma, Oliver, Singin in the Rain, La Cage Aux Folles, Crazy for You, Hello Dolly, Guys and Dolls, Follies and all of the Step On shows.

For any enquiries about Cookham, Benson or Caversham please call Ann on 01491 877205 or email

Please also get in touch with Ann if you are interested in Adult tap dance classes as she teaches on a Wednesday and Thursday in Henley for beginners and improvers.

Jane Taylor - Administrator

No pictureJane has worked at StageWorks since the very beginning. She does the administration and accounts for Henley. Jane is a keen performer and has performed over the years in various shows:- Cabaret, Hello Dolly, Half a Sixpence, Oklahoma to name but a few. She recently sang with the Henley Show Chorus.

If you would like to call Jane for any Henley enquiries please call 01491 877205 or email


Junior Teaching Assistants

We invite our older students to become Student teachers. It helps tham develop their skills, works alongside college courses and gives them a responsibility, it is great watching them grow and develop as people. They really are part of our family and we thoroughly enjoy working with and watching them develop!

At the moment we currently have the following Junior/Assistant Teachers: Jocelyn Daruvalla-Davies, Ellie O'Hanlon, Kate Drysdale, Courtney Fleming, Caitlin Stevens

Staff starting in January 2014 - Joe Evans (Caversham and West End Masterclasses), Nicky Jaggar (Dance, Henley), Toni Lena (Tap, Henley plus Cheerleading Masterclasses), Amy Bingham (Singing), Ellie Johnson (Dance and Drama, Benson), Andy Fowler (Circus Masterclasses),

Workshop Tutors - Andy Fowler, Toni Lena, Joe Evans

Our cover teachers: Rachel Purvey

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