Centre Stage School of the Arts was founded in 1999 by Peter Hodgson and Alison Tompkins to create an environment in which children can use drama to explore both the imaginative and the concrete world. Since then, the school has developed into a full performing arts centre and now offers creative programmes for babies and toddlers, drama, performance acting, musical theatre, dance, music and art and craft for children of all ages and adults too!
Peter and Alison started their careers as two London based actors, and very soon found their work to be dominated by educational and children’s theatre. It was a natural progression then to build on experience and qualify as Speech and Drama teachers.
The aim was to create the “drama club” style of class so readily available in the UK, Australia and the US. This could only be done with a team of experienced facilitators. The strength of the school is in its staff. All of the full time teachers trained primarily as performers and completed courses in UK or Australian drama schools and universities, many have worked and continue to work in the theatre and on television. In addition, they are experienced teachers in their own fields and it is this combination of experience, practical application and theoretical expertise allows students a rich and vivid understanding of the numerous applications of the performing and creative arts.
Centre Stage is located on Portsdown Road near Holland Village, and also has a centre on the East Coast. Centre Stage provides outreach programmes to pre-schools, schools and organisations in Singapore.