Heather Gallagher scoops prestigious award

Heather Gallagher, principal and founder of StageScreen and StageScreen Musical Theatre Associates, scooped the prestigious Woman Who solopreneur award in the Creative World category today.

Heather Gallagher receives award

Ian O’Donnell, MBE, from the Federation of Small Businesses presents Heather with her Solopreneur award in October 2019

At an awards ceremony at The Warwickshire Golf and Country Club, Heather was announced as the winner. The judges said they felt that StageScreen and StageScreen MTA had a vision and a purpose and unlike similar businesses, it addresses self-development.

The awards were delivered in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses and recognise women who have set up a business on their own.

Heather, of course, receives great support from her team of tutors, the youngsters who attend classes and workshops and their supportive parents and she dedicated the award to them.

She said: “I am delighted that we can now forever be known as  ‘The Award-Winning Performing Arts and Film School’. It’s a wonderful achievement for StageScreen.”

Heather Gallagher Solopreneur award

Heather and the other finalists enjoyed an afternoon of inspiration, celebration and networking with keynote speakers who included actor, vlogger and self-development coach Holly Matthews (pictured below, left, with Heather), who shot to fame in the BBC series Byker Grove before taking on roles in Waterloo Road, Doctors, Casualty and The Bill.

Holly Matthew and Heather Gallagher pictured with their awardsShe also runs The Happy Me Project, which she launched following the death of her young husband, Ross. She raised £11,000 for the Warwickshire hospice that cared for Ross in his final days.

After speaking, Holly was also presented with a Special Award by WomanWho founder Sandra Garlick.

Heather said: “It was a privilege and an inspiration to hear Holly’s story and to meet her and enjoy a chat.”

Red Carpet Annual Film Festival and Awards 2018

More than 30 awards were presented at our end of term film festival and awards ceremony at The National Brewery Centre, Burton-on-Trent.

Students aged from four to 18 walked the red carpet into the brewery centre’s marquee. They enjoyed all the glitz and glamour of an A-list celebrity event along with their proud families and friends.

Red carpet at StageScreen 2018 festival

The evening also saw the premiere of 16 short films and music videos that the youngsters had devised and filmed during their Saturday morning classes.

Awards were presented for performance and progress but also for traits such as helpfulness and kindness, passion and spirit.

Outstanding performances recognised

Eryn Baldwin receives the 2018 StageScreen Principal's AwardThe Principal’s Award went to Eryn Baldwin. Principal Heather Gallagher said: “This year the Principal’s Award was an easy decision. This student, to an audience, comes across as extremely confident and talented. Behind the scenes, I know how hard she works to achieve the level of performance we ask of her and the level she asks of herself. Like some of the best actors out there, Eryn questions her own ability constantly. She has delivered OUTSTANDING performances this year and is a pleasure to have around. Eryn spreads joy constantly and, in my opinion, has a very bright future in performing arts. I’m very much looking forward to seeing Eryn continue to grow and impress audiences as she has done this year.”

Heather added: “I am so very proud of all the StageScreen students. It was an absolute pleasure to present more than 30 awards which recognised the abilities of students and also positive traits such as enthusiasm, confidence and support for others. It was a great night to round off a wonderful year.”

This was our second annual film festival, and the audience loved every second of our music videos and short films made by students.

Watch some of our work here

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All the films are on the StageScreen YouTube channel and it’s easy to subscribe to see new films as they are added.

Here are three of the videos shown last night.

Students of all ages covered When You’re An Addams.

Our Starlets group, aged four to six, appeared on camera for the first time.

The annual blooper reel showed all the things that didn’t quite go to plan!


Inaugural film festival and awards night

Our students, their friends and family had the chance to walk the red carpet at our inaugural film festival and awards night.

StageScreen student walks the red carpet the inaugural 2017 StageScreen film festival and awards night

Work that our students, aged six to 18, have produced since we launched StageScreen this year was showcased at the special event held at Burton and South Derbyshire College.

The films shown during the night included music videos and short films devised and scripted by the students themselves. StageScreen students work in three age groups and have professional training in drama and comedy acting, musical theatre and film work.

Here some of the films that proud friends and relatives watched alongside the students and their teachers.

At Home With The Bears, devised, scripted and performed by StageScreen’s Debut group (aged six to nine)

When I Grow Up (cover) music video

Lost In The Woods, devised, scripted and performed by StageScreen’s Encore group (aged 14 to 18)

If Only You Would Listen (cover) music video

Sweeties, devised, scripted and performed by StageScreen’s Spotlight group (aged 10 to 13)

Awards handed out for performance, character and kindness

A host of awards were also handed out to mark achievements in the first few months of StageScreen being open in Burton-on-Trent.

The tutors, and founder Heather Gallagher, celebrated determination, enthusiasm, hard work and progress. here are pictures of some of the winners, taken by Tilley Bancroft of Red Door Studios.

Our plan is to hold an event at the end of each term to celebrate what our students have learned and the work they have produced. This will include, in time, full-length productions as well as film festivals and showcases.

The audience at our 2017 film festival