We're a contemporary Hertford based Stage School run by industry professionals Charlotte Edwards and Angela Saunders offering dance, drama and singing for children aged four to fourteen, plus mini ballet for toddlers. Our passion for the stage and screen began at a young age with Angela training at the illustrious London Studio Centre and Charlotte attending the renowned Sylvia Young Theatre School. We both agree that the desire to perform was in our blood, and so for us, studying the arts was the only way to go.

Our professional television credits include Lovejoy, The Bill, Hollyoaks, Dreamteam and Eastenders plus numerous commercials and music videos. As West End performers, we have been fortunate enough to join the companies of A Slice of Saturday Night, Viva Espana, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and the National Youth Ballet.

It's this knowledge and experience of the industry that encouraged us to open Elite Performers Academy. Now, we not only enjoy teaching a subject that we adore, but can work with children to steer their creative skills in the right and safe direction. 


John made his West End debut at the age of twelve in 'Oliver!' at the Albery Theatre. Since then, he has enjoyed a varied career spanning appearances on stage and television, in films, cabaret, in concerts and recording five solo albums. 

From playing Feuilly in Les Miserables, Skimbleshansks in Cats and Che in Evita among others, John acquired a wide knowledge of what it took to tread the boards and shine as both a performer and actor. Roles in The Bill, Taboo, The Purple People Eater and Pebble Mill at One were followed by castings in the film adaptation of Les Miserables and The Catch. John's nominations include Ed Kleban in A Class Act for which he was nominated for Best Male Performance at the Offie Awards and Broadwayworld.com 2013/14, and Charles Guiteau in Sondheim's Assassins for which he was nominated for Best Male Performance at the Offie Awards 2010.

We are  delighted and honoured to welcome John as the patron of Elite Performers Academy. Not only does he enhance the professionalism the school upholds, but his belief in the power of creative arts to develop character and individualism in young people echoes the very reason we exist. For more information about John, follow @JohnBarrUK on Twitter.