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

Lauren Jones - LAMDA teacher

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.

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!

Additional Staff - Nicky Jaggar (Dance, Henley), Toni Lena (Tap, Henley plus Cheerleading Masterclasses), Amy Bingham (Singing), Caitin Stevens (Dance and Drama, Benson), Jennamarie Smith (Dance and Drama, Caversham and Cookham)

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