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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: Gemma Crooks


Gemma Crooks

Gemma trained at Birmingham School of Acting, Receiving a BA hons in Acting in 2002.

Since graduating Gemma has worked as a professional actress receiving roles in TV, theatre and commercials, whilst also working in secondary education as a drama practitioner.




Gemma attended Birmingham School of Acting from 1999 – 2002 receiving a BA Hons in Acting. She then signed with Sandra Griffin Management in London leading to roles in TV, theatre, and commercials.

Following a number of years working in Acting Gemma developed a passion for directing and storytelling. As a result she had written and directed a number of amateur productions.

Gemma currently delivers acting and creative writing workshops throughout the UK.

Gemma Specialises In

Sixth Form Acting Course
Sixth Form Dance Course
Sixth Form Musical Theatre Course