Students at our Saturday morning classes were delighted to be visited by our patron, Tom O’Brien.
He spent time working with the students at our base at the Burton Albion Community Trust Hub, in Grange Street, Burton and gave them valuable feedback.
Tom agreed to become our patron in September 2018. He said: “I am extremely proud to be a patron of StageScreen. I grew up in the Burton area and I’ve known Heather, the principal of the school, for many years. I’ve experienced at first hand her passion, knowledge, rigorous commitment and enthusiasm for training and development in performing arts.
“It will give me great pleasure to see the growth of the students and the school. It is extremely important for young people to understand the hard work and dedication needed to benefit from the enjoyment and deep fulfilment that performing can bring.”
Tom worked as an actor for five years before turning to directing. He was resident director of the Cameron Mackintosh International Tour of Miss Saigon and directed Half A Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre, West End. He has also achieved success as a playwright.
Principal Heather Gallagher says that Tom’s passion and work ethic will inspire the pupils at the school.
She said: “Tom works on the same principles that StageScreen does – that it’s really important to enjoy what you do and also to enjoy learning and working together.”