The Hope Mill Theatre School

About Us

As an organisation we are passionate about the future of the arts and culture sector, and how we can engage with young people to provide opportunities and a platform within our industry.

Launched in June 2021, Hope Mill Theatre School provides young people aged 2-18 with access to affordable Drama training in Singing, Dancing and Acting in the heart of the North West.

With a strong emphasis on fun, the training will not only develop your child’s performance ability but improve key life skill areas such as self-confidence and teamwork. Working with top industry professionals in all areas of the arts, the students will gain a superior education and training. From weekly classes to performance opportunities, Hope Mill Theatre School aims to encourage and elevate musical theatre talent whilst focusing on enjoyment and participation.

Each child’s journey of musical theatre training will be personal and unique:

We aim to provide a level of training which will enable those who are interested to pursue further formal training and careers both on and off the stage. There will be goals to achieve each term, performances and yearly reports, which will play a key part in each student’s individual journey and progression.

For those who simply enjoy taking part, Hope Mill Theatre School is a non-elitist, pressure free environment where young people can experience a multitude of benefits from their training.

Vision and Mission

Hope Mill Theatre School’s mission is to educate, inspire and encourage young talent, confidence and artistic passion.

Our vision is to create a safe nurturing creative space for young people to develop and train. An environment which is inclusive and where everyone feels valued and supported.

Hope Mill Theatre School is an extension of the vision and mission of Factory of Creativity CIO

All our staff are highly trained industry professionals. All staff are DBS checked.



Tiny Cogs – Saturday 11.30 – 12.15pm – suitable for 2 – 3 year olds

Our Tiny Cogs classes are suitable for 2 – 3 year olds and their grown up. Our young performers will develop their confidence, expression and focus through dance, song and games. Classes aim to prepare our youngest students to progress to Mini Cogs.

Mini Cogs – Saturday 9am – 10am – suitable for 4 – 6 year olds

Our Mini Cogs classes are designed to be a fun introduction to the arts. Children will study singing, dance and acting skills through games, stories and song.

Our young performers will learn coordination and physical expression in dance, develop their ear and musicality in singing and their voice and self confidence in acting.

As well as learning new skills, children will take part in mini musicals throughout the year and the main school show in the summer term. Parents and carers will also receive written yearly reports.

With the emphasise firmly on confidence building, Mini Cogs is the perfect starting point for your budding actor!

Main School – Saturday 10.30am – 1.30pm – suitable 7 – 18 year olds

The benefits of drama training are numerous, and whilst introducing children to the idea of professional development in the Arts, our training aims to build confidence, creativity and communication skills, as well as being a great way to contribute towards a physically and mentally healthy lifestyle.

In our main school the students rotate around classes in age appropriate groups studying singing, dancing and acting, as well as working as a whole school on ensemble material.

Students will work with our regular faculty as well as guest tutors to develop their performance skills and confidence.

Acting class will include characterisation, text work, devising, improvisation and presentation skills. In singing, they will learn harmonies and how to work as a team. In Dance we are keen to promote fitness, coordination and physical expression. All of these opportunities provide foundations for careers in the Arts as well as instilling confidence, bravery, ambition and leadership skills, to name but a few, for all students.

All main school students will work toward the main school musical which will be performed at Hope Mill Theatre each Summer.


Advanced classes

9-12yrs Tap/Ballet/Jazz Saturday – 9 – 10.15 am £90 per term

4 – 6yrs Tap/Ballet/Jazz Saturday – 10.15 – 11.30am – £90 per term 

7 – 9yrs Tap/Ballet/Jazz Saturday – 1.30 – 2.15pm – £50 per term

13+ yrs Tap/Ballet/Jazz Saturday – 2.15-4.15pm £120 per term

16+ Drama School Prep Class Saturday – 4.15 – 5pm £50 per term

1-1 Lamda lessons upon request


Term Dates

Hope Mill Youth Theatre runs for three 12 week terms a year and follows the Manchester School holiday year. There is a half term break in every term.

2021 – 2022 Dates

Spring Term – 8th Jan 2022 – 2nd April 2022 (no session 25th Feb)
Summer Term – 23rd April 2022 – 9th July 2022

All young people will be provided with a week’s free trial in their first term.


12 Week Term fees

•  Tiny Cogs – £72

Payment options  – £65 if paid in full or 2 x payments of £36

• Mini Cogs – £90

Payment options  – £85 if paid in full or 2 x payments of £45

• Main School £216

Payment options – £199 if paid in full or 2 x payments of £108

There is a 50% discount for siblings if both students are in our main school


Funded Places

It has long been an ambition for us to establish a Theatre School for local children allowing them access to free/low fee theatre training. 50% of Hope Mill Youth Theatre’s places will be completely free of charge. Part-funded places are also available. Parents and caregivers can request a short questionnaire to declare income and affordability. This is to ensure that those who need it most are able to benefit from this financial support. Financial support is provided for an academic year, following which parents and carers are invited to apply again. Throughout the summer holidays, a week’s free training will be provided at our summer schools for those with funded places.

When you are sent your application pack you will be asked if you require a funding questionnaire.

Meet The Team

Naomi Albans – Principal (she/her)

Naomi trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts gaining an MA in Acting with Distinction.

As well as her experience performing and directing, Naomi has over ten years teaching and youth theatre management experience. She has worked in a variety of educational settings and young offender institutions across the northwest and beyond, delivering workshops and sessions to compliment the national curriculum.  She is a licenced chaperone for TV and Theatre and also works in children’s casting. Naomi also has lots of experience working in pre-school settings and as a kids entertainer! Naomi is Hope Mill Theatre’s Youth Outreach Manager and can be contacted on

Jumana Rwifa – Assistant Tutor

Jumana studied English Literature with English Language at The University of Salford. Then went on to conquer an MA in Creative Writing, innovation and experiment, with an emphasis on poetry. 
She currently works as an assistant teacher at primary school level, helping children elevate to their best-self through their learning journey.
Her favourite musical is The Little Prince (1974) this tale explores the beauty of the unbound heart that gifts a mystical sense of expression, at large.
She very much look forward to joining the Hope Mill Theatre School team, and assisting the young creatives to keep hold of a spirited and inspired learning approach!

Jason Tinney – Dance (he/him)

Jason trained at The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge and The Royal Ballet Upper School, Covent Garden. During his time at The Royal Ballet school he performed with The Royal Ballet Company at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He also worked with Birmigham Royal Ballet Company and even performed at Windsor Castle for the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family. Jason then went on to train for a further 3 years at Laine theatre arts college. After graduating Jason was lucky enough to be offered a job with Grayboy Entertainment Agency. With Grayboy Jason worked On Board various cruise ships & travelled all over the world. Jason has been working as a choreographer & also teaching at various performing arts colleges for the past 5 years.

Acting Tutor – Anna Carley









Joseph Clayton – Singing (he/him)

Joseph studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in their vocal department, later gaining an MA degree in Musical Theatre (Musical Direction) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

As Musical Director, Joseph’s work has encompassed a great variety of styles and genres, from new British Musical Theatre, Actor-musician pieces and showcases, to Cabaret, Community Choirs, Youth Theatre and Concerts. His multi-genre pianist skills often find him working as a rehearsal pianist, audition pianist and keys player in varying MT styles with a variety of companies.

Alongside his work as an MD, Joseph is glad to have had opportunities to work at leading institutions such as The Hammond School, University of Wolverhampton and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in varying roles from vocal coach to singing teacher, repertoire coach and accompanist.

Olivia Riseley – Tiny Cogs, Mini Cogs and Dance

Olivia is a fully qualified IDTA teacher and has been teaching and training students from ages 2 – 18 years old for many years. She has had students go on to train at professional conservatoire’s whilst also training students to succeed in auditions and take on principle and leading roles. Olivia says “teaching is my passion and to love what you do is honestly a privilege”.
Olivia has choreographed multiple productions such as the musical Spamalot, Pantomimes and award winning Variety Concerts. She took on the lead role of Mimi in RENT and as lead dancer in West Side Story, both performed at the Buxton Opera House with professional director Paul Kerryson. Olivia has also played the role of Rusty in Footloose, Serena in Legally Blonde and multiple principle roles in Panotmime. Olivia has also been featured in music videos and as a demonstrator in a video for an international dance company. 

She is a loving, fun, yet professional teacher and only strives to succeed the very best for her students to ensure they enjoy all lessons whilst achieving levels to be the very best that they can be. 

Finally Olivia states “I can not wait to get started at Hope Mill Theatre School and I am really looking forward to working with such amazing people in the a theatre setting

How to Apply

To apply please email


Does my child have to audition?

No, for the main school and Mini Cogs there is no audition. However, all students must complete a taster session where both the staff and the student can assess whether the school is for them.

Where do classes take place?

Classes take place at our Community Hub and our main theatre space when available.

What performance opportunities are available?

The winter term ends with a sharing of work for parents and carers

The spring term is about skill building and preparing for our summer show

The summer term ends with a full school musical on our main stage

The school runs summer schools every year.

What do I wear?

All students are required to wear the school t-shirt, black bottoms and trainers or dance shoes. Long hair should be tied back and jewellery taken off. For those with funded places help can be provided with uniform.

Safegaurding and Covid

The launch of the Youth Theatre will be in accordance with Covid restrictions. With our venue having already invested extensively in risk assessments, PPE, social distancing measures etc, we are able to do this safely and securely. For general updates please see our Covid Updates page.

The Theatre School Covid Risk Assessment and Policy are available upon request from where you can also request the Venue Child Protection Policy and the Theatre School Safeguarding Policy.

Privacy and GDPR Statement

Hope Mill Theatre School operates under the Factory of Creativity/Hope Mill Theatre Privacy Policy

In addition to this statement, HMTS will use information about individual children and families in certain documents such as, a weekly register, medication information, SEN support documents and examination documentation. These documents include data such as children’s names, date of birth and emergency contact numbers. These records are shredded after the relevant retention period.

HMTS stores personal data held visually in photographs or video clips or as sound recordings. No names are stored with images in photo albums, displays, on the website or on social media sites without express permission.

Access to the HMTS email account and HMTS students Personal Data, is password protected and is not available to members of the public or other members of the School. When a member of staff leaves the School ensures these passwords are changed in line with this policy. Any portable data storage used to store personal data, e.g. the HMTS Ipad are password protected and stored in a locked cupboard.

You have the right to request the deletion of your data where there is no compelling reason for its continued use. However, HMTS has a legal duty to keep student and parents details for the timescales outlined below:
• Registers should be kept for three years
• Accident/incident and any child protection incident documentation should be kept until the
date of the child’s 26th birthday
• All other information will be removed once the child leaves the school.

In matters of safeguarding and child protection cases HMTS has a duty to share information with the relevant authorities.