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Drama has always been a passion of mine and many skills I learnt along the way were put into good use with my original career as a Buyer for Selfridges and Woolworths.  Whilst still working in London, I helped a friend and colleague with her Dancing school, Alexanders School of Dance, which then gave me the platform to set up FSD.   I have also taught Drama at St. Cedd’s School , Maldon Court and Newhall.  Twenty years on ,I am very lucky and proud to run a school with excellent teachers, wonderful children and supportive parents.  It is so rewarding to see a quiet child blossom into a confident young adult, with skills to take them forward in life whether it be in the profession of Acting or another chosen path. 


Robert Barnes

BA in Acting

LAMDA Gold Medal


I have had many roles at FSD - a student, a teaching assistant and now a teacher- I enjoy every minute of my life at FSD and have made many life-long friends!

My degree in acting is from the University of Northampton and my most recent professional acting role was in an immersive theatre production of War of the Worlds.

I am an associate artist of the theatre company N2P and have recently taken on the role of Young Change-maker at the Queens Theatre.

Working with the kids at FSD is really enjoyable and it's great watching them grow in confidence !


Seb Mayo

MA Acting, BSc (Hons) Industrial Economics

LAMDA Gold Medal


I first joined FSD when I was four years old. It was a great way for me to meet new friends and help my confidence! I stayed with FSD until I was eighteen, achieving Distinction in my Gold Medal, when I went off to Nottingham Uni. After that, I trained as an Actor at the Guildford School of Acting where I’ve recently graduated from. When I heard FSD were looking for another teacher, I jumped at the opportunity and I’m finding it so rewarding seeing all the kids grow with each class. Whether they want to pursue a career in performing or not, the experiences, skills and friendships you can take away from FSD are invaluable!


Josh Byfield

BA (Hons) Primary Education 

LAMDA Gold Medal


Having been at FSD since I was 6 years old, I was so excited to have been asked by Fran when I was 18 to be a Class Assistant.  It is such a family orientated, friendly school where every child is made to feel special and appreciated. I left a year later to study in Birmingham to be a primary school teacher however kept popping in to see my FSD family throughout my 3 years training. Having graduated from university as a fully qualified teacher, I was beyond excited to hear Fran had a space for a teacher, so I jumped back on board and have loved my 2 years since then. I enjoy being at the side of the stage even more so than being on, and the rewards are even better!! 


Julie Crutchfield

BA Dance Performance BTDA Dance Teaching

LAMDA Gold Medal


I have been teaching since the age of 14, firstly at Starshine School of Dance, then my own Dance School , Smart Steps. I have been with  FSD since 2009.  I was once a professional dancer , treading the boards on the London Stage aswell as Warner Leisure Hotels, where I was Dance Captain and choreographer.  I now teach both dance and drama at FSD. I really enjoy being part of FSD; the teachers are all so committed and enthusiastic. The pupils are wonderful and it’s great to see them achieve such great things.


Ashleigh McDade

LAMDA Gold Medal


I've been part of FSD since 2002 as a pupil then Class Assistant. While attending FSD my confidence grew year on year, I'm thankful to Fran and the friends I made along the way. Fortunately I'm still here, teaching on a Saturday having lots of fun and helping kids develop their acting skills.  I find it most rewarding to see a students confidence grow as mine did. I have also taken part in the Camp America Programme as a Drama Specialist. 


Lauren Mayhew

BA (Hons) in Performing Arts . PGCE Secondary Drama. Masters 1st Degree in Education 


BA (Hons) in Performing Arts . PGCE Secondary Drama. Masters 1st Degree in Education 


Over the last six years, FSD has not just been a job it has become my 'additional crazy' family and I am extremely proud to be part of such a dynamic team that always supports my ideas. FSD has become an inspirational place to teach always challenging my skills in the acting and musical theatre classes. 


I also teach at the Cornelius Vermuyden School in Canvey Island as Head of Media Studies.


Kerry Stockbridge


After working in London for 15 years, I first became involved with FSD in 2007 when my son joined the school, and I began helping back stage during the shows as a parent helper. I loved getting to know the children and to see first hand how much fun they had, and how enthusiastic the teachers are. I joined the school officially in 2012 when I took over the administration and enrolment, and thoroughly enjoy being part of the FSD family.

FSD Team



All FSD teachers are fully qualified and have up to date DBS checks. Many of our current senior students volunteer to help in the younger classes.

The team are a friendly, encouraging and approachable group who are totally dedicated to FSD and the students, and love doing what they do!

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