PRINCIPAL - Betty Laine OBE
Betty Laine OBE who founded Laine Theatre Arts in 1974, is a member of the Grand Council of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.
Her enthusiasm and love of the theatre and dance in all its aspects are shown in the versatility, dedication and successes of her students. She entered the theatre and television as a soloist dancer, singer and actress.
Her combined experience in theatre, television and the teaching profession makes her unique in the training of students and children. She aims to achieve a personal rapport with each student and, by her total professionalism, endeavours to develop their individuality to the fullest extent.
Her day-to-day involvement with West End managements enables her to tailor the training to meet the current needs of the professional theatre.
The College demands self-discipline, a sense of responsibility, personal grooming and a respect of values all of which will become an integral part of the students characters.
VICE PRINCIPAL, Dance Studies
Sarah trained at Laine Theatre Arts and started her professional career as a choreographer and teacher. Her passion is teaching and this has become her vocation.
In addition to her work for the college Sarah is a Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Modern Theatre Faculty, a major examiner and one of the development team responsible for choreographing the Modern Theatre Faculty syllabuses.
Sarah is a member of the CDET's Schools Committee and of its Accreditation Board and she chairs the Conference of Professional Dance Schools.
Former Director and Chief Executive of Guildford School of Acting from 2001 to 2010 where he directed over 30 plays and musicals as well as being responsible for the merger of the School with the University of Surrey and the building of the new £12million School and Arts Centre on the University campus. He worked as an actor, director and producer for 15 years prior to joining GSA in 1994.
Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Senior Fellow of the University of Surrey, he was Chair of the Conference of Drama Schools (2008 -2010) and has been an External Examiner for London Southbank University and City University, Olivier Award Judge 2011, 2013 and a visiting speaker and lecturer in the USA and Norway.
The Faculty is made up of the best practitioners and teachers in the business who share a wealth of knowledge about the dance and musical theatre world. The very best teachers ensure the students get the most gratifying learning experience. Many of the teachers are Laine graduates who understand and are part of the ethos and mission of the College. You will meet expert teachers in singing and acting and professional coaches still working in the West End who will teach you and give you the benefit of their experience.
“Laine Theatre Arts teaches to a very high standard in all aspects of performing arts. The teachers are inspirational and prepare students for the real world with absolute dedication and precision.”
Stephen Mear, West End and Broadway
Choreographer and Director