Lucky students at Theatre for Life Talent , will soon be working with not one but two stars of the West End and the Co-Principal of Musical Theatre at top Drama School The Urdang Academy, as this new musical theatre school paves the way for elite industry led training for 6 – 18 years olds. The first West End star to become a patron of the school is Andrew Wright. Andrew is a two times Olivier nominated and What’s Onstage two time award winning Choreographer for his choreography for Half a Sixpence for Cameron Mackintosh (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Singin’ In The Rain (Chichester Festival Theatre). The second star of West End is Nigel Richards who has starred as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre) and Grantaire & Enjolras in Les Miserables (Palace Theatre). Both Andrew and Nigel will soon be sharing their knowledge and expertise with young aspiring performers in the South! 

The students at Theatre for Life Talent  will not only receive outstanding coaching each week from a team of highly experienced and qualified teachers, but will have the opportunity to be coached by Andrew and Nigel in this first term alone! Students who love musical theatre, who want to develop skills and confidence can join this outstanding school and gain a truly unique experience.


For further enquiries about joining Theatre for Life Talent  please email our manager Lisa 





Hannah will be leading aspiring dancers through commercial dance techniques and choreography in this fast paced and high energy dance class!

Suitable for dancers aged 12 +

Hannah Levitt-Collins is a professional dancer & model based in London and Los Angeles, trained at The Stella Mann Performing Arts College.

Over the years she has danced for international artists & worked on hit television shows across Europe such as The X Factor, Lip Sync Battle, Strictly come dancing, Dance Dance Dance, The Brits, Lets Dance & The Bambis. Her style ranges from Commercial, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballet, Freestyle and Modern Dance to Roller Blading, Bollywood, Stage Combat and Fire Performance, among many others.

Hannah also works in TV & film. She has been Daisy Ridley’s double for Star Wars The Force Awakens as ‘Rey’ and had the pleasure of being on the Stunts team as well as going on to double leading lady Astrid Berges Frisbey in King Arthur Legend of the Sword.

Since as a signed model she has worked for numerous brands and campaigns such as Harvey Nichols, Adidas, M&S & Agent Provocateur. Recently Hannah has been working along side Dua Lipa, Nicole Scherzinger and Helene Fischer.



A great opportunity to work with the leading children’s casting director and administrator in the UK, Jo Hawes who has worked on many large-scale West End and touring shows including Oliver!, Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4 and Ruthless.

The 1.5 hr audition masterclass with Jo Hawes is specifically designed to empower young performers and to help them understand what creative teams are looking for, how to behave and how to use their nerves. The masterclass will include a wealth of other practical information on effective audition techniques.

Since becoming fully immersed in Children’s Casting and Administratration 26 years ago she has worked on many, many productions – mainly musicals in the West End and on tour – for all the leading theatrical producers.   Current productions include Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre, The Ferryman, The Sound of Music UK Tour and the tour of Miss Saigon.      She has recently cast three disabled boys for Tom Fletcher’s production of Christmasaurus at the Hammersmith Apollo and she cast a short film – The Bridge – which filmed in October.

Suitable for performers aged 7 - 18 yrs old



Nigel Richards trained at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he worked with Leonard Bernstein on the British stage premiere of The Mass. Since working with the composer Nigel has dedicated his career to developing new writing in Musical Theatre.

In the West End: The Phantom in Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s), Duke Frederick in As You Like It (Wyndhams), Grantaire & Enjolras in Les Miserables (Palace), Father Dominic in Martin Guerre (Prince Edward), Lucien Bonaparte in Napoleon (Shaftesbury), and the lead in Mark Ravenhill's Ten Plagues (Royal Court).

Nigel is a frequent lecturer in Musical Theatre and is the former Head of Acting Through Song at ArtsEd in London.

With 6 ex students in Hamilton, another 5 in Heathers, as well as the current Marius and Cosette in Les Miserables, Nigel has taught many successful auditionees. 

Over this afternoon session Nigel will concentrate on how to give the best audition that you and only you can give. It’s all about preparation, trust, focus and relaxation. Practical advice on audition material, how to deal with fear, and how best to land that audition, whether it’s for the West End or for a Drama School.

Nigel will be working with International Vocal Coach Stephen King (Vocal coach on The Voice and singing staff at the Urdang Academy).

Suitable for performers aged 14 + 



As a Community Interest Company we are reliant on income from the workshops, funding and donations to help us run the FREE Youth Theatre & Community Projects.

We want young people to be able to participate in exciting theatre projects, exploring and creating performance work that will reach the wider community.

Running weekly rehearsals for our local youth community will help to create engaging and creative environments, this can help to build self esteem and a sense of belonging.

To enable this to happen we need your support to help us secure the following:

  • Designated rehearsal and performance space
  • Performance rights
  • Technical support
  • Costumes
  • Reaching our target audiences
  • Marketing

Please help us make these groups happen, your donation will allow many young people who cannot afford participation in the arts to thrive through purposeful theatre projects.

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Michelle Smith is an inspiration to Itchen's students. She has an aspirational vision for inclusivity in the arts. Her industry links and engaging workshops will offer all performing artists access to various art forms. We look forwards to working with Michelle and Theatre For Life in the future. I cannot praise her work ethic and her skill set strongly enough.

Dawn Hitchcock - Performing Arts, Itchen College

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