Windmill Young Actors is dedicated to providing professional, affordable and exciting acting classes for young performers aged 8 – 16. We celebrate collaborative and ensemble work in all its forms and have a proven track record of inspiring additional confidence, skill and enjoyment through drama.
Based in Brighton and Hove, Windmill Young Actors is unique in offering 2 full hours of acting classes whilst also encouraging writing and devising within the classes themselves.
Windmill Young Actors meets weekly during term time with each term culminating in a performance at the wonderful Windmill Theatre at Blatchington Mill School.
Through the group experience of creating unique pieces of theatre Windmill Young Actors aims to equip the next generation of performers and people with the tools to express themselves freely and imaginatively whilst learning to act in a safe and fun environment.
We believe that through structured rehearsal and team work, a young ensemble can create thought-provoking, exciting and passionate performance suitable for everyone. Whether it is to improve skills or to increase confidence, Windmill Young Actors will inspire wonderfully rounded, centred and focussed young performers.
27 March 2014 - More announcements
Brighton & Hove, Crawley, Hangleton, SouthwickView timetable
The prices below are for a term of 10 weeks.
£70 Concession (low or no income)
£85 Blatchington Mill Students
Assisted Place - drama should be available to anybody who wants to try it so if you can't afford the concession price contact us and we'll see what we can do.
Come along and try out for free!
This recommendation was made verbally by a parent speaking to the KalliKids team and confirmed in writing.
My son and daughter have been going to The Windmill drama classes for approximately 18 months. They attend every Saturday morning and are always happy and motivated to go. The classes are very diverse with them not only enjoying the acting side, but being able to help with the scripts and direction. I have seen a great improvement in their self-confidence and my son is actually considering becoming an actor! As well as a great social side they are constantly challenged with the context of the scripts. I have been impressed with the productions but it would be nice to see a bit more comedy! I am more than happy with the class it’s great to see their confidence growing.
The girls go every Saturday to Windmill Young Actors and love it - they would never want to miss out on going. Tanushka and Ben are extremely motivated and ensure the kids enjoy their time each week. They communicate extremely well with the parents so we are always aware of what is going on and when performances are etc. I've seen both my daughters grow in confidence since going there and the performances are such strong evidence of what they are learning.
Millie has been going to Windmill Young Actors for four years now. They are very creative in the way that they teach the children - they include opportunities to write and direct as well as the usual general drama skills. They previously performed a piece that all the children had contributed to the writing of, and they have all now worked on this, and let the piece evolve through their contributions and learning. Ben and Tanushka teach the children the notion of the whole of drama, including writing and interpretation. Millie really loves going - it would be great if more classes were available.
Matthew has loved being part of Windmill Young Actors for the past few years and has really gained in confidence on stage. The new skills and acting techniques he learns each term keep it all fresh and exciting.
Our girls have had a fantastic experience with WYA. Our eldest is now 13 and has attended since 7. A brilliant, intelligent club, with the children's creativity at the fore. Excellent leaders. They love it!
Simply add a password and you are good to go!
27 March 2014
14 December 2013
02 October 2013
Ben has been working as a director of young performers for almost 10 years. At the age of 23 he was made Director of Acting at ‘Bedazzle Theatre Company’ and helped it grow into what is now one of the biggest youth theatres in Essex. Moving to London, Ben worked for a number of companies as a freelance practitioner and director which included managing, writing and delivering programs and workshops in schools across the country. He was Youth Director on ‘A Christmas Carol’ (King’s Head) and ‘Anyone Can Whistle’ (Jermyn Street) and on the latter cast young performer Jessica Adair in her debut theatre show. Jessie went on to perform in the first cast of ‘Matilda’, toured nationally with ‘The Sound of Music’ and is currently performing in ‘Billy Elliott’ in the West End. Now living in Brighton, Ben works full time as a film producer, writer and director where he manages and produces video projects for blue chip clients, large brands – including Philips and Very – and large scale charities, including Cocaine Anonymous and Alpha International. Ben’s film directing debut – short film, Treasures – which he also wrote, has been screened at a number of festivals across the world and has received nominations for Best Short Film and Best Director. It stars Windmill Young Actor, Anna Simmonds, who won an Accolade ‘Award of Merit’ for Best Supporting Actress whilst the film won the much coveted ‘Award of Excellence’ from the same competition. Ben has also guest directed for a number of companies in Brighton and London, including Stagecoach, Theatre Workshop and Anna Fiorentini. Having just become a father of twins Ben is keen that parents of young performers are properly informed and given clear and helpful guidance if their children wish to enter into what is a very challenging profession. He is passionate that young people be equipped with the tools to express themselves freely and imaginatively whilst learning vital voice and movement skills and increasing confidence through rehearsal and performance.
After completing a BA Honours in Philosophy,Tanushka trained in theatre. She set up her own ensemble, Company:Collisions, in 1999 which toured 5 major productions all across the UK and many commissions and street shows. She was a winner of one of The Young Vic Young Director Awards in 2002. Her production of Medea, developed at the Young Vic, toured international festivals in Cyprus and Albania, representing British Classical Theatre. She also toured street theatre shows in France and Spain. Her work has appeared twice at the London International Mime Festival. Her last production, Rest Upon The Wind, performed to sell out audiences in London’s West End before touring extensively in the Middle East during 2012. She now works as a freelance director and movement coach and has directed many plays around the UK including Shakespeare, Classical Theatre, Children’s Theatre and New Writing. Tanushka has a passion for working with young actors and finds working with young performers deeply inspiring and energising. For a year she directed young actors at the Miskin Theatre.She has also directed two shows for apprentice actors/emerging artists in Liverpool, Hope Street and Aberystwyth Arts Centre. And end of year shows at The London Metropolitan and Northbrook Colleges.
10% off party supplies
Monthly offers for kids activities
Bookmark your favourites
Win an iPad Mini (T+Cs apply)