About Act Out Performing Arts
Act Out started life in 2008 in Muswell Hill, under the name Kidz on the Hill founded by Lou Turner. After 9 years of building a wonderful school with a truly unique family feel, Lou handed over the reins to professional actor & theatremaker, Rosie Ward. Kidz on the Hill became Muswell Hill School of Performing Arts, until 2021 when the programme began to expand beyond Muswell Hill.
Act Out Performing Arts was created to continue the growth of our unique format, while maintaining our supportive and student-centred ethos. Each Act Out venue and format has a manager who personally oversees the running of their school, to ensure we are always tailoring & adapting the content & programme to our current students.
Rosie Ward, Principal
Walthamstow, Tuesday School
Muswell Hill, Thursday School
Walthamstow, Saturday School
Rosie trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
She has over 10 year experience in teaching drama and has worked with young people aged 3 - 18 years old. She is passionate about developing confidence and general life skills through performing arts. She teaches drama and directs the annual theatre shows at Act Out Muswell Hill & Walthamstow
Rosie develops and writes the scripts & class content for the Act Out Performing Arts Programme.
As an actor, she has worked on a range of projects, from Shakespeare to musicals to children's theatre, as well as an extensive voiceover CV. She is a professional singer and performed with Take That (Odyssey Tour) and Hugh Jackman (The Man. The Music. The Show) at London's O2 Arena; and at The Oliviers 2011 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
Theatre Credits include Ariadne Ovid’s Metamorphoses (Vaults Festival, PantsOnFire), Cleopatra Anthony & Cleopatra & Goneril King Lear (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival); Lady Macbeth Macbeth – UK Tour & Viola Twelfth Night – Bloomsbury Theatre + UK Tour (Young Shakespeare Company); Soloist New Musicals Project – Leicester Square Theatre & Soloist British Musical Future Hosted by Stiles & Drewe – The Other Palace (AsToldBy Theatre)
She is the Company Director at UpFront Theatre Company, which runs interative PSHE workshops in secondary schools. She is the founder and Artistic Director of East London Shakespeare Festival.
BA (Hons) Degree in Acting from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
NFCE Cache Level 2 Certificate of the Children and Young People's Workforce (England)
Isabella Vaughan - Manager
Muswell Hill, Wednesday School
Muswell Hill, Saturday School
Isabella trained at the National Youth Theatre (NYT) and the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA).
Isabella has been working at Act Out Muswell Hill for the last 5 years and is delighted to be taking on the role of Manager! Her teaching style involves a strong sense of play and exploration to encourage children to express themselves creatively.
She will continue to teach the youngest group; Wicked Crew alongside LAMDA classes and assistant direct the annual shows with Rosie.
Alongside her work with Act Out, Isabella is a professional actor, currently working with the renowned Guildford Shakespeare Company. She is also a keen writer, her first play was selected to be part of the Lyric Hammersmith's Evolution Festival in 2019.