Welcome to the Starmakerz Theatre School website! We are a dance and theatre school based in Oxted, Surrey. Our teaching faculty are experienced professionals in their respective fields both as performers and as teachers.
Starmakerz caters for pupils of all levels, abilities and ages, we work hard to create a friendly atmosphere that nurtures and supports growth both as performers and people, we also believe that each and every student has their own unique qualities that need to be valued and allowed to develop.
Meet the teamVicky ButcherCarmen GibsonLisa SharrattJames ButcherKerry PayneElizabeth SkinnerHarriet MaySarah JauffurConnie HorneLily MullenLottie Worrall
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Vicky trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts in London and has a CDET accredited diploma in Musical Theatre.
After graduating she worked commercially on projects including; The Brit Awards for Leona Lewis and Kelly Clarkson, The X Factor, The Royal Masonic Gala at The Prince Edward Theatre, London, Genie in The House for Nickleodeon, Kim Shaya ‘Tainted’ Music Video, ‘Enter the Circus’ for the Royal Ballet School, Covent Garden, Dancer at the MTV European Music Awards and most recently featuring in an ITV Martina Cole Crime Drama.
After teaching for a variety of different Theatre and Dance schools and heading the Dance Programme for the University Of Surrey, Vicky discovered she had a natural ability to encourage and give confidence to students and it was at this time that she realised her strong beliefs in the training of children in the Performing Arts.
Carmen has danced since the age of two and joined Starmakerz as a student at the very first summer school when she was twelve. Carmen has grown up through the school and has discovered a real passion for teaching.
Carmen has completed her DDI Tap at Italia Conti Arts Centre in Guildford and is currently working towards her DipEd qualification. After completing her DipEd, Carmen will be looking towards completing her DDE Tap.
Lisa has had a passion for the performing arts from a young age, taking part in various local dance and musical theatre shows. Lisa completed her full time training at the Italia Conti Arts Centre leaving with a PCE degree and DDI and DDE ISTD qualifications in Tap, Ballet and Modern. She would like to further her teacher training at a later stage in order to work towards becoming an examiner with the ISTD.
Lisa has a variety of teaching, choreography and performance experience. Credits include, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’, ‘Todd and the Tooth Fairy’, dancing for the Queen at Windsor Castle, playing the part of Mrs Lyons in ‘Blood Brothers’ at the Electric Theatre in Guildford and performing as a dancer/solo vocalist at famous theatres such as the Piccadilly Theatre and the New Wimbledon Theatre, London.
James trained locally in his hometown of Guildford before being awarded a three year scholarship to study Musical Theatre in London. From here he discovered his passion for Ballet and joined the Royal Ballet Upper School in Covent Garden.
James then went on to The Royal Ballet Company and has appeared in many famous Ballets at The Royal Opera House including; Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, Manon, Sleeping Beauty and Alice in Wonderland (World Premier)
James played the lead role of 'Older Billy' in Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre before going on to appear in the 2015 film, 'Cinderella' starring Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter.
James has appeared in the 2014 Royal Variety Performance with 'INALA' a collaboration with the singing group, 'Ladysmith Black Mambazo' and dancers from The Royal Ballet Company and Rambert.
James is now in the original West End cast of, ‘An American In Paris’ at The Dominion Theatre, London
Elizabeth is currently studying with Susan McCulloch at the highly acclaimed Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a scholar. Previously studying at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Elizabeth is an experienced Opera singer and has sung extensively across the UK both on stage and in concert engagements. Roles include Micaëla (Carmen), Leonie (La Belle Hélène), Gilda (Rigoletto), Niece 1 (Peter Grimes), Lady Dunmow (A Dinner Engagement) Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Vitellia (La Clemenza Di Tito), and Leonora (Fidelio).
Elizabeth also sings for the BBC and has worked extensively as a soloist for numerous corporate and private events she has sung for the Government, Coca Cola, Dyson and Cable and Wireless. An experienced teacher, Elizabeth teaches Singing and Theory from her home in Oxted, Surrey and private schools in the area.
Having trained at the ‘Alexandra Barnes’ school of dance in Hurst Green for 10 years, Kerry went on to study at ‘Laines Theatre Arts’ in Epsom, Surrey, qualifying with an A.I.S.T.D. in Imperial Classical Ballet along with her Advanced I.S.T.D Ballet/Advanced I.S.T.D.Modern/Cecchetti Ballet/R.A.D Ballet and Senior Silver Tap.
Kerry has danced in Mexico, Japan and Italy as well as appearing in television adverts in the U.S.A. and on a British children’s television programme. She was also lucky to work with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra.
Gaining great acclaim as dance captain and lead/adagio dancer for cruise ship companies such as ‘Carnival’ and ‘Princess’, Kerry loves passing on her her expertise to the students of Starmakerz Theatre School.
Kerry has now gained ‘Licentiate’ status with the ISTD and is working towards her Fellowship.
Harriet trained at Italia Conti Arts Centre.
Years of study culminated in a DDI Modern and Tap and a DTLLS (diploma in teaching in the lifelong learning sector)
"I thrive off teaching and enjoy bringing my creations and style to life. I have a great energy and keep children engaged throughout class. I am also a professional working in the performing arts industry so I have a lot of current experience and opportunity to provide my students."
2017 has already seen Harriet dancing with X Factor's Fleur East, and filming for Illamasqua cosmetics!
Since a very young age Sarah has had a huge passion for Acting and after attending STS for four years she has gone on to pursue it as a career. Sarah studied at a prestigious Drama school in London working with industry professionals in Theatre, TV & Film. Sarah has also worked with members of The Royal Shakespeare Company.
She has also been awarded her gold LAMDA medal
Most recently Sarah has won a part in the new Aladdin film which is set to be released in 2019.
Connie is currently training at The Italia Conti Arts Centre in Guildford and has completed her ISTD teacher training qualifications in Imperial Ballet & Modern.
Connie is very passionate about teaching and enjoys passing on her experience and knowledge to others interested in the Performing Arts. Connie is a new teacher this term and is very excited to start her STS journey.
Lily joined Starmakerz & started dancing at the age of 13. Lily originally started off only taking two classes but within a few weeks she was doing every class available! Lily was so inspired by her teachers at STS that she knew she wanted a career in the profession.
Lily attended Tring Park School for the Performing Arts from the age of 15 for 3 years on the Musical Theatre course, graduating in July 2017.
Presently she is currently studying for a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre at London Studio Centre, where she is the recipient of The Wall Trust Scholarship for Musical Theatre.
Credits whilst training include:
- Cabaret, Kit Kat girl
- West Side (Short) Story, Anita
- Calamity Jane, Adelaide Adams/Can Can girl
- La La Land, featured performer
Most recently, Lily successfully auditioned to be a member of the choir in Leonard Bernstein’s MASS performed at the Royal Festival Hall in April 2018. Conducted by Marin Alsop and directed by Jude Kelly CBE.
From a young age Lottie always had a love for theatre and performing so it was an easy decision for her to move to London at 16 and train professionally in Musical Theatre, at one of Britain’s best Performing Arts Colleges; London Studio Centre.
Since graduating Lottie has continued to work professionally in various tours and productions all over the UK and the world. Favourite credits include the title role in The Rainbow Fish, Maid Marian in Robin Hood and Virtue in The Witches Bogey. In more recent years Lottie has gained experience directing, creating and choreographing theatre shows, tours and productions for popular UK theme parks such as Chessington World of Adventures and Alton Towers. A big part of these roles included training and advising professional singers, actors and dancers.
Over the past 6 years Lottie has been lucky enough to pursue her love of teaching and working with children by creating and running the successful children’s parties company, Lulamoon
Alongside Lulamoon Lottie currently teaches drama for the Ark Trust. Her drama sessions are part of the fantastic day centre which provides lessons and activities for students with learning difficulties. Lottie is also proud to be a qualified ISTD Modern tutor.
Lottie’s wide and varied experience has enabled her to gain extensive knowledge in all areas of theatre and, after providing tuition, direction and guidance to a variety of students, this makes her the perfect choice as a teacher.
ISTD Ballet, Tap & Modern Classes
We follow the ISTD syllabus for our Ballet, Tap & Modern classes, all students have the opportunity to take formal examinations in these subjects. We have a very high standard of examination results, the school has achieved a 100% pass rate over the 10 years we have been open.
We offer all grades from Primary all the way through to Advanced 1 & 2.
We advise any students in Grade 2 Ballet and above to be taking at least two classes a week and have pre Pointe and Pointe classes for those students ready to progress further.
Musical Theatre is a performance based class and combines Acting, Dancing & Singing skills in production numbers from celebrated musicals. Musical Theatre is one of our most popular classes and is a great choice for boosting confidence and performance skills.
A very popular and modern form of dance. Street dancing requires a lot of energy and creativity and it enables the pupil to put their own 'stamp' and personality into a routine. Street is usually more relaxed than some other styles of dance so pupils must learn to be grounded and strong as movements are often fast paced and intricate.
Jazz fills the commercial world of dance, based on good technique it has developed into a very popular dance form. Jazz has changed today's outlook with many different styles and challenges, it combines technique with more commercial, funky choreography.
Group singing classes are an exciting exploration of a wide range of repertoire, incorporating traditional warm ups, pitching exercises and vocal technique. Students will gain the confidence to sing as soloists and perform as part of an ensemble.
We also offer private lessons for students who would like to take their Singing examinations, we have entered students under the Trinity and London College of Music examination boards.
Students are encouraged to develop physical and vocal skills in imaginative ways through games, improvisation, scriptwork and by interacting with others. Characterisation, text work and performance skills are also explored. We are the only school in the area offering students LAMDA examinations. These are Speech and Drama examinations that teach the student how to interact and communicate with others whilst developing their acting skills by learning and performing monologues or duologues.
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Theatre School Oxted School
Oxted, RH8 0AB
- Tel: +44 (0)7771 595 171
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Starmakerz Theatre School is owned and operated by Starmakerz Theatre School Limited, a company registered in England and Wales with company registration number 11536484 and registered office at:
Prosen, Lower Guildford Road, Knaphill, Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom, GU21 2EL (“Starmakerz”)
Starmakerz provides dance and theatre classes in Oxted & Leatherhead in Surrey and owns and operates the website www.starmakerz.co.uk (the “Website”)
By registering your child to participate in any of the services Starmakerz Theatre School provides you agree to the following terms & conditions:Fees
Invoices are sent in advance for the term ahead and are payable in full on the first day of term. Places in classes can only be guaranteed once full payment has been received.
Invoices not paid on the first day of term will incur a late payment charge of £10.00Term Dates
Three terms of classes are provided every year, term lengths may vary but will start and finish in line with state school dates.
The names and approximate dates of each term are as follows:
Autumn Term: September to December
Spring Term: January to March
Summer Term: April to July
The exact start and finish dates for each term will be published on our Website. Please ensure you check these prior to the start of term.Starmakerz Obligations
Starmakerz does not discriminate on background, race or religion. We regularly monitor staff to ensure school and teaching policies are upheld. We adhere to Health and Safety procedures to ensure that each child participates in a class appropriate to their level of development.
Please note that from time to time it is necessary for the teachers to use appropriate physical contact when helping to improve various elements of their pupils’ learning; this could be posture, positioning or assisting in movements.Photography
In registering for classes at Starmakerz Theatre School you understand and give consent to Starmakerz that on occasion they may use photographs or video recording of my child on the Starmakerz Website and other platforms of social media for press and promotional development of Starmakerz Theatre School.
Should you not be happy for such images and footage to be taken of your child, please make us aware when you register for classes.Medical Issues
Whilst our staff hold basic first aid training we are not medical professionals, if you have any doubt that your child is not fit and well enough to take part in our services then please consult your GP.
Any medical conditions must be stated on the Registration Form and if your child is attending class feeling unwell this must be made apparent to the Starmakerz team at the start of the class.
If we feel that your child is not fit and well enough to take part in the class then the parent or guardian will be contacted to immediately collect your child.Refunds
Refunds will not be given in the event of the student being unable to attend once they have committed to a term of classes.
Extreme weather: we do not credit or provide refunds for classes that are missed due to extreme weather (e.g. classes missed due to school closures and/or transport difficulties caused by snowfall or similar conditions) Force majeure: We do not credit or provide refunds for classes missed due to force majeure, including, but not limited to war or hostilities, riot or civil commotion; epidemic, earthquake, flood or any other natural disaster which may cause our classes to be cancelled.
If a tutor fails to attend a class due to their ill health, transport difficulties or any other reason beyond our reasonable control and we are unable to provide cover, we will then endeavour to add extra classes back into the current term’s schedule where possible, to make up for the missed class. If we are unable to make up the class a credit for the fees for that lesson will be applied to your account. Credits held on account will be subtracted from the balance owing for the following term. Any refunds are at the sole discretion of Starmakerz.Rescheduled Classes
From time to time we may need to reschedule classes, either temporarily or permanently due to bank holidays, inset days or for other reasons beyond our control.
Whilst we endeavour to minimise the inconvenience of rescheduling classes we reserve the right to make changes to schedules as they become necessary due to circumstances beyond our control. Starmakerz shall not be liable for any losses caused as a result of the need to reschedule classes.
Class schedule details are published at the start of each term on the invoice statement emailed to you and you will be charged for the number of classes given in any term.
We reserve the right to change the teaching staff without notice.Refusal of Tuition
We reserve the right to refuse to provide tuition to any student either temporarily or permanently, at our reasonable discretion.
Reasons for us choosing to exercise this right may include, but are not limited to: Late, or non-payment of fees Student behaviour (or other incident) that has a detrimental effect on other students, the class or on the reputation of Starmakerz Any form of abusive or threatening language or comments made about a member of our staff
Our exercising this right does not entitle the student/parent to any credit/refund of class fees and the exercising of this right is at our sole discretion.Changes to Fees
We reserve the right to change the price of classes to reflect any change in the price charged to us for use of the venue at which classes are held.
Details of any such changes are published in advance, and we will endeavour to give as much notice as possible. We will notify you of any such changes in writing in advance of them taking effect. Such changes will only ever occur at the start of each term.Teachers
We reserve the right to change the teacher of any class in our timetable without notice providing it is a current teacher on our books.
All our teachers are fully qualified and enhanced DBS checked, our teachers are also fully trained chaperones under Surrey County Council’s ‘Chaperones For Children Working In The Entertainment Industry’ scheme.Liability
No advice or information provided by us shall create any warranty or legal obligation and we make no warranty that our services shall meet your requirements or be fit for purpose.
To the maximum extent permitted by law, Starmakerz shall not be liable for any indirect, incidental or special loss, data, goodwill, whether such damage could have been foreseen or whether we were advised of the possibility of such damage or loss. We will not be liable for such losses or damage in connection with our services whether arising in contract, tort or otherwise.
In the event that you or your child suffers damage as a result of our failure to fulfil our obligations to you under these terms and conditions or as a result of our negligent act or omission, our liability to compensate you is limited to the lesser of (i) an amount equivalent to the Fees paid from you to us in the 12 months preceding the act or omission; or (ii) a reasonable sum having regard to whether the damage was caused by our negligent act or omission.
We will not be liable to you for:
- Any loss or damage caused by your or your child’s own fault;
- Any loss or damage caused by a third party unconnected with us;
- Any loss or damage caused by events outside our reasonable control (i.e. acts of terrorism, riots, floods, freak weather, snow, fire etc.)
- Any loss of property or personal items bought to our classes
Nothing in this section shall exclude our liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or any other liability not excludable by lawMiscellaneous
We may vary these terms from time to time and shall ask you to agree to such revisions upon notice or your next booking.
No rights shall be conferred on any third parties (other than Partners) and the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 shall not apply.
English law shall govern these terms and conditions and any disputes shall be referred to the courts of England and Wales.
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