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Arts1 was founded in 2006 by Principal Rebecca Carrington and Creative Director James Grimsey. Our award winning school is proud to be founded in Milton Keynes and our wonderful team of specialist teachers and coaches nurture the talents of over 500 young people and adults each week.


We have an incredible range of part-time classes for children, young people and adults that take place on weekdays after school and at the weekend.

Evening & Weekends

Take a look at our range of Performing Arts classes in Milton Keynes for young people and adults. Lessons for children and young performers aged 3 – 21.


Individual Coaching

Arts1 School of Performance: Alison Walton

Wardrobe Mistress

Alison Walton

Alison first became involved with Arts1 as a parent when her daughter Bethan joined Arts1 in 2007. She soon jumped in to offer her support with costumes for the shows and got hooked! Alison’s first show as Wardrobe Mistress for Arts1 was “Beauty and The Beast” in 2010 working alongside the Production Designer and creative team to create some magical wearable pieces.

To date Alison’s highlight as Wardrobe Mistress is her work on “The Little Mermaid” where she worked tirelessly to create Arial’s mermaid tail and the incredible striking tentacles for Ursula the sea witch. She has also worked imaginatively on shows such as “Seussical” and “The Addams Family” and with the support of her wardrobe team has sourced and created over 650 costumes per show for Arts1 productions such as “Cinematic” and “Twisted Tales”.

As well as her role as Wardrobe Mistress, Alison is a member of the Arts1 Musical Theatre choir and has performed with the choir at numerous events.

In her spare time, Alison is a keen cyclist and enjoys travelling and spending time with her husband and three children.