Welcome To The School Of Fun!
Ad Astra Theatre School was opened on 19th April 2009 in Shenfield by Fiona Edwards from "WE WILL ROCK YOU" and her husband Jeff Edwards from "CHICAGO" in London’s West End.
In 2010 we moved location to Fitness First in Brentwood and in 2011 have expanded into the Nuffield Health Centre, Chelmsford and now we are pleased to announce the opening of our newest branch in 2016 at Club Kings Wood in Basildon.
“Training by the professionals of today”
We provide a stimulating and friendly environment for all young people aging from 3yrs – 18yrs with an interest in the performing arts. Whatever their ability we always make sure we have loads of fun and enjoyment. Workshops will be held by professional performers from London’s West End and Television.
Ad Astra Theatre School is a great way for your child to boost their confidence. We allow all our children to do as little or as much as they want and encourgage them to express themselves both physically and verbally. Even if your child is slightly inhibited or a little shy it won’t be long before they are standing up in front of an audience singing their heart out.
At the age of 11, I attended Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and trained there full time until graduating. As a child I worked on the first Harry Potter movie and sang with Roger Waters of Pink Floyd. I was a soloist at the Millennium Service at St Pauls Cathedral and appeared in various TV shows and commercials. Since graduating, I have taught at Italia Conti Associates, worked with the record producer William Orbit, been a backing singer/dancer to Kelly Osbourne and worked with Madonna on her film Filth and Wisdom. My professional stage performances have included the Rod Stewart Musical “Tonight’s the Night” and “We Will Rock You” in London West End.
Musical theatre has always been my passion and Ad Astra Theatre School is my opportunity to pass on my love of the performing arts to its students. My aim is for the children of Ad Astra Theatre School to benefit from training by the professionals of today.
I trained at Lewisham College gaining a three year Diploma in Dance and then went onto a further three year course at Millennium Dance 2000 where I gained a Diploma in Musical Theatre. Coming straight out of college I landed my first role playing Fred Casley in the West End hit musical “Chicago”, a role I subsequently returned to in later years. From there I joined the Rod Stewart Musical “Tonight’s the Night” at the Victoria Palace Theatre where I played the lead role of Stoner. TV appearances include “A Life Begins” (Caroline Quentin) and “Blessed” (directed by Ben Elton) together with various commercials.
Ad Astra Theatre School is my opportunity to give back and share the teaching and wonderful experiences that I’ve had the pleasure of being part of.
Grace Batter has been with Ad Astra Theatre School for over five years now and is currently Head Girl at one of the best full time Musical Theatre Colleges in Essex.
Theatre Credits include Tracy Beaker Gets Real, Our House, Catch Me If You Can, Spring Awakening ,Sweeney Todd and most recently has just finished playing the role of Sophie in the play "How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found.
From a very young age, Grace has shown a very high level of potential and this is why Fi and I are delighted to announce that Grace will be starting her very own Ad Astra Theatre School Branch
Fi and I are so proud of Grace and have no doubt in the success that lies ahead for her new venture.