Performing Arts

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Saturdays during term time, Middlesbrough Town Hall

Juniors (ages 7-11): 10am-1pm

Seniors (ages 12-18): 1.30pm-4.30pm

MTH Performing Arts provides quality training in acting, voice work, singing, movement & writing for performance for 7-18 year olds.

MTHPA aims to build confidence, ensemble & performance skills, encourages students to take ownership and to meet peers who share the same interests.

Workshops are led in a fun and fast-paced environment, with students expected to work hard and to the best of their ability. Our home is the beautiful historic building, Middlesbrough Town Hall which boasts professional performance spaces where the students train in on a weekly basis. We offer a wide variety of performance opportunities where students can perform in parades, events, showcases and other celebrations across Middlesbrough.

Our tutors have a wide variety of training and are both Masters of Art specialising in Theatre and Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media and both continue to work across the industry keeping their practice current which allows them to deliver top quality workshops with the students at MTHPA.

We work in an all accessible and inclusive environment and celebrate differences widely across our provision.

Three girls performing on stage and clapping their hands. One is wearing a witch's costume.

Meet Our Tutors

Our tutors are fully DBS checked & welcome new students.


Jessica is a professional theatre maker, movement practitioner, director, actor and singer with a wide variety of experience. Jessica co-runs a theatre company called Night-Light Theatre which explores & makes theatre with social justice at the heart of it. She works with some of the top industry professionals, working in film & theatre and has toured nationally. Jessica is most interested in encouraging the next generation of creatives to put a stamp on the world we live in with their own work and giving platforms for young people’s voices to be heard. Jessica holds an MA and BA in Theatre.


Lauren is a writer from Durham, with a background in dance and musical theatre. She has completed both her BA English Literature and Creative Writing (University of Westminster) and MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) writing across a range of mediums. In her writing work she wrote and developed pieces for theatre, digital theatre and web series, as well as having experience in tv production. Lauren trained in dance across a range styles such as ballet, theatre craft, pop and tap. Lauren is looking forward to working with MTHPA to help students developed their own ideas for performance.

How to join

If you are interested in joining please email our project coordinator Samantha Spruce on who will be able to give you further information. Sessions are £9 each. To join in, you can also book through the Middlesbrough Town Hall website for juniors and seniors or contact box office on 01642 729 729.

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14 hours ago

Join family workshops, sing and play-alongs and a classical concert on Friday 19th August in our FREE Family Festival at Middlesbrough Town Hall! 👪🎶Create recycled instruments, learn songwriting and take part in under 5’s music making and Big Family sessions in drumming or sing & play along.At lunchtime, bring your own picnic and you’ll be treated to a concert of classical favourites by the wonderful Borealis Orchestra.Young people will also be able to complete their Arts Award Discover, a certificate awarded by Trinity College London.All activities are FREE to attend, book here: #teesside #teesvalley #familyevent ... See MoreSee Less
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5 days ago

Free opportunity to join our Gig School next week in Middlesbrough! 🎸~ Please sign up by Saturday 6th August to take part ~Gig School runs 8th - 10th August for young musicians, working with experienced tutor Neil Walker to form bands, create songs and stage your very own performance here at Middlesbrough Town Hall.On Monday 8th August & Tuesday 9th August activities will run 10am - 3pm at Outwood Academy Riverside On Wednesday 10th August activities and rehearsal will run 10am - 5pm at Middlesbrough Town Hall, followed by a performance at 5pm, which family and friends are invited to attend (no ticket required).SIGN UP NOW: partnership with Club Creative.#middlesbrough #bands #gigs #teesside ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

Call for young musicians to perform on Middlesbrough Town Hall stage!Are you under 21 and love to perform? We're looking for solo musicians, bands and DJs to take part in our young people-produced music festival on Sunday 30th October, 3-9pm.To take part, email or out more: #teesside #concert #festival ... See MoreSee Less
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