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Act One Stage School re-opens its curtains on Saturday 9th September 2017 at 10am.

Newcomers welcome for a free trial week.


At Act One we provide some of the best local teachers around. All members of staff are either Equity members, have worked professionally or are indeed currently working in the industry now! All of our staff are also CRB Police checked to work with children, which is an obvious comfort for many parents.

Below are some biographies for our current members of staff:

Carly Hillman

Drama • Dance • Singing

Carly enjoyed Singing, Dancing and Acting from a very early age and was soon a member of local Stage Schools and Majorette clubs around Havering. During her early years Carly appeared on the 'Royal Variety Performance' and in the blockbuster film 'The Saint', which is still shown today. In 1997 Carly was given her big break and was fortunate enough to be cast for the role of Nicky Di Marco in the BBC's flagship soap, Eastenders, where she enjoyed five successful years.

After Eastenders further professional Television, Theatre and Film credits followed including a Shakespeare tour with the RJ Williamson Shakespeare Company, the New Vic Workshop production '15 Minutes' and an Ian Dickens Tour of 'Daisy Pulls It Off'.Celebrity guest television appearances include Trisha, Soapstar Superstar, Soapstar Superchef, All Star Talent Show, Harry and Cosh, SMTV, Ministry of Mayhem, Big Breakfast and CBBC. Carly also had chart success with R&B girl-band - Urban Lady during the early millennium.

Of course, we can't forget to mention the professional pantomimes which Carly has starred in all around the country - Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, Aladdin, Dick Whittington, Snow White and many more, working alongside the likes of Danny La Rue, Jim Davidson, Bradley Walsh, Joe Pasquale, Stephen Mulhern and many other stars.

Carly also worked in a local Children's Day Nursery where she gained her experience in teaching and working with children in general. Entertainment wise Carly now stars in Abba and Motown tribute acts at corporate events around the South-East of England, as well as many personal appearances for Charities, Schools and Open Days.

Kerrie O'Dwyer


Kerrie has lived for singing and dancing her whole life and enjoyed performing in amateur dramatic productions and pantomimes throughout her teenage years. Her professional career took off at the age of 16 when she toured across Europe in a Spice Girls tribute band.

At 18 years of age, Kerrie was back in the UK as the principle singer in the entertainment team at Butlins – however her stint in blighty didn’t last long and Kerrie soon left again for sunnier climbs touring hotels and bars across mainland Spain, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands and the Caribbean in various cabaret shows.

The final leg of Kerrie’s globe trotting conquest came as a singer aboard the cruiseliner ‘Ocean Majesty’ and remained as a member of the entertainment team until her 27th birthday when she returned to the UK.Kerrie’s next venture was setting up Sister Productions Ltd alongside her sister Claire. The company provides cabaret acts to venues all over the UK including a Motown tribute and an ABBA tribute.

In between times, Kerrie was employed by John Noel Management Ltd working for clients such as Russell Brand, Dermot O’Leary, Matthew Wright and Caroline Flack. During her time here Kerrie had her own show ‘Copycats’ piloted and presented to Sky One and Channel 4.

As well as being an established teacher at Act One Stage School since it formed in 2010, Kerrie is also a Zumba Dance/Fitness instructor running classes around Essex.

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