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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


Our full time students have access to the top industry talent through our weekly Masterclass programme. Each week we invite an industry figure to lead a workshop with the students, providing a real life insight into the professional world.

Arts1 Masterclass Mentor - Ian Good

Ian Good

Ian Good has worked in most areas of Theatre starting as a director and moving into acting. Both careers have run parallel with working on or being in many regional, national and international productions. Ian is also the winner of three, international student drama awards for The Threepenny Opera (America), Of Mice and Men (Germany) and Serious Money (France).

Ian was also Artistic Director of The Dumfries and Galloway Theatre Arts Project from 87 to 89 directing over 20 productions and guest director with Interplay Trust Leeds, Millpond, Newcastle, Clerwood Theatre, Edinburgh, Bill Kenwright Productions, Tour (Resident Director), Rolling Stage, Ipswich, Polka Theatre, London, and many special events up and down the country. He was also UK Supervisor for the UK tour of Hairspray the Musical, directing Michael Ball, Les Dennis, Brian Conley, Nigel Planer and Mickey Dolenz.

Ian is also a regular Director at many Drama Schools, including Arts Educational Schools, London and Tring, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, E15 Acting School, Guildhall and APS London.

Arts1 Masterclass Mentor - John Rigby

John Rigby

John Rigby studied orchestral conducting at the University of Huddersfield and the Royal Northern College of Music. He holds MMus in Musicology from Kings College London where he is currently reading for his PhD. He also holds an honorary Doctorate in Arts from Edge Hill University.

As a musical supervisor his credits include: THE PRODUCERS (UK Tour); THE KING AND I (UK Tour); THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (25th Anniversary UK and US Tours); JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (World Arena Tour & DVD); LES MISERABLES (Korea) and MISS SAIGON (London, International cinema release & DVD). As a musical director his West End credits include: BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED (Lyric); THE DROWSY CHAPERONE (Novello); THE KING AND I (Palladium); THE LAST EMPRESS (Apollo, Hammersmith); MARGUERITE (Theatre Royal, Haymarket); LES MIS…RABLES (Palace and Queens); THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Her Majestyís); PETER PAN (Savoy); THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Savoy); THE PRODUCERS (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) and SINATRA (Palladium). Additionally, he was musical director for the German productions of MISS SAIGON (Stuttgart) and STARLIGHT EXPRESS (Bochum). He is currently the musical supervisor for Andrew Lloyd Webberís SCHOOL OF ROCK: THE MUSICAL playing at the New London Theatre.

The numerous orchestras he has worked with in concert include: the Berliner Symphoniker, City of London Sinfonia, CBSO, Dublin Concert Orchestra, HallÈ Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, Manchester Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Concert Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, RT… Concert Orchestra, and the orchestras of both Welsh National Opera and Opera North. Future plans include conducting a return season of CLASSICAL SPECTAUCULAR at the Royal Albert Hall, MADAMA BUTTERFLY in Dublin, a JOHANN STRAUSS GALA throughout the UK, Ireland and Istanbul and a return to the West End to conduct AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at the Dominion Theatre.

Arts1 Masterclass Mentor - Sam Mackay

Sam Mackay

Theatre includes: Dee in (Manchester International Festival); Usnavi in In The Heights (Southwark Playhouse), Lamar in 5,6,7,8 (Royal Court); Jimmy in Flashdance (Shaftesbury Theatre); Eddie in Mamma Mia (Prince of Wales Theatre); Reecey in Our House (UK Tour).

Television includes: Lannister Guardsman in Game of Thrones, Bastien in Le Grand and most recently Denny in Canal+ series Spotless.

Film includes: Lethal.

Arts1 Masterclass Mentor - Aaron Francis

Aaron Francis

Upon leaving college, Aaron performed in many West End and touring productions including Chicago (UK and international tour), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium), Matthew Bourneís Swan Lake as Big Swan and Private Secretary, Phantom of the Opera (Her Majestyís Theatre and 25th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall), Matthew Bourneís Edward Scissorhands playing Brad Covitt and Gearald Monroe, White Christmas (UK tour)

Choreography credits include: Cinderella (Crawley), Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella (Sheffield, Born to Shine (ITV), The Wiz (Fly High Productions), A Night of Dirty Dancing (UK tour) and The Anthony England Orchestra Tour.

Aaron is the Head of Dance at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Arts1 Masterclass Mentor - Paul Bullion

Paul Bullion

Paul Bullion is a British actor best known for his roles in hit drama series “Peaky Blinders” for the BBC and Kurt Sutter’s “The Bastard Executioner” for FX. He has appeared in live theatre productions for The National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe.

Arts1 Masterclass Mentor - Holly Jack

Holly Jack

Holly is an outstanding young actress who landed the role of the troubled teen Nicole Brodie in BBCís long running Scottish soap RIVER CITY and went on to film seven series with some of the most hard hitting and memorable storylines. In 2014 she joined the cast of WATERLOO ROAD playing new regular Bonnie Kincaid. This was followed by the BBC period drama, FOOTBALLERS UNTIED. She recently filmed the comedy BURNISTOUNíS BIG NIGHT and HOSPITAL for SKY.

Her theatre credits include: THE GATES at The Tron Theatre, SNOW WHITE at the DG One Theatre Dumfries, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK at the Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock and TREASURE ISLAND at the Pavilion Theatre, in her home town of Glasgow.

Arts1 Masterclass Mentor - Stephanie Rojas

Stephanie Rojas

Training: Arts Educational Schools and Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.

Theatre credits include: (National Theatre); Threepenny Opera workshop (National Theatre); Love Me Tender (UK tour) and 1000 Suns: An American Afterlife.

Arts1 Masterclass Mentor - Lise Olson

Lise Olson

Lise is currently the Course Director of MA in Acting at Birmingham School of Acting. She relocated from Merseyside, where she trained actors for a decade at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). An American ex-pat, she has been working professionally in the UK for over 20 years.

Lise holds a BA in Theatre from Northwestern University in Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of Utah. She has done further postgraduate study at the Central School of Speech and Drama and the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon.

In addition to her many professional credits in the USA, Lise has taught at The North Carolina School of the Arts, Pacific Lutheran University and was Head of Voice at Duke University , Purdue University and The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She is an acknowledged international specialist in the areas of Vocal Violence and Acting Through Song. Her musical theatre workshops, which are always oversubscribed, have been given at the International Stephen Sondheim conference, and Song Stage and Screen conferences.

The recipient of directing awards in both the US and UK, she was a founding director of Seattleís first small specialist musical theatre company. Her West End credits include The Witches of Eastwick, Coyote on a Fence and A View From the Bridge. Other UK credits include the Royal Exchange Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Birmingham Rep, Belgrade Theatre, Dukes Playhouse Lancaster, Bolton Octagon, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Rose Bruford, East 15 and the Drama Centre.

Arts1 Masterclass Mentor - Lisa Cottrell

Lisa Cottrell

Lisa Cottrell has been the Artistic Director of Belinda King Creative Productions for the past 14 years creating original shows for luxury cruise lines and casinos.

Prior to this she worked for 12 years in regional repertory theatre choreographing and directing numerous productions from musicals to Shakespeare, Ibsen to Willy Russell.

Lisa enables actors to approach movement with confidence. Drawing on her vast experience in musical theatre and drama, she has developed teaching methods encompassing dance techniques and styles from a traditional perspective to the modern.

The emphasis is in adaptability, coaxing the best out of her students to improve their confidence and movement skills.

Committed to encouraging and advising young dancers, singers and acting students, Lisa has taught at full-time vocational schools such as Guildford Conservatoire and Birmingham School of Acting.