About our Drama School
The Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School, which is a not for profit organisation, opened in 2001 as a Prince’s Trust Business. Since then we have won multiple Business of London Awards and have a growing and solid reputation within the performing arts industry. We are not a franchise, and the principal and our team of teachers are involved in all branches of the school.
Born & bred in Hackney, Anna decided that she wanted to provide local, affordable, accessible and at the same time high-quality performing arts classes to the community she grew up in. Knowing that depending on public funding for arts was chancy at best, she decided to open the school to anyone interested, and offer support to families who needed it. From our humble beginnings with only 70 students, we now have classes in various locations throughout London, with over 300 students, and have opened Fiorentini Weenies classes for 4-6 year olds. In 2011 the Fiorentini Foundation charity was setup to provide a fund-raising entity to help children needing support to participate in performing arts education.
Whilst at the drama school, students are in classes according to their age and follow a timetable of drama / film, dance and singing. This timetable is put in place to ensure that students become all-round performers. Our guiding principle is to provide a safe, supportive environment for young people to explore the performing arts, whether they have dreams of entering the profession or simply wish to use the performing arts classes to learn some valuable life-enhancing skills. We have an incredible team of staff who encourage team work, self-expression, confidence, communication, discipline, respect and fun. We are open to all children whether they wish to enter the performing arts industry or not, but we are very proud of the achievements that many of our students have gained through the Anna Fiorentini Agency (see details below).
We have received positive feedback from parents who have been delighted with the increased confidence and self-assurance of their children. There has also been acknowledgement from regular schools of the positive difference they have seen in children who have enhanced their academic studies since attending our school due to an increased thirst for learning. To see what some parents have said, please see our testimonials page.
What makes us stand out from the rest?
The Agency - Students of the school may apply to be represented by the Anna Fiorentini Agency. The Agency has an established reputation within the industry, and has received praise for the professionalism and enthusiasm of our clients. Over the years the Agency has placed some of our clients in a number of well known productions. These include: the films Swallows & Amazons and Song for Marion; West End productions of Oliver!, The Lion King, Matilda, Bugsy Malone, and numerous productions at the National Theatre; and TV shows Hank Zipzer, and East Enders plus a number of music videos and commercials. And of course there is our former student, Jermain Jackman, who went on to win The Voice UK shortly after winning our very own Fiorentini's Got Talent.
Our teachers - We are proud of the caliber of our teaching staff - a majority of our teachers are from high profile performing arts backgrounds and bring their knowledge of the industry to their classroom. Because they are working in the industry they can use their experience to guide any of our students who are interested in a career in performing arts. They also have a fabulous rapport with young people.
Performance Troupe - There is an opportunity for students to audition for our Performance Troupe. They meet separately once a week to rehearse routines, which are performed in various venues, including local hospitals, hospices, care homes and community events. The troupe is also available to hire for corporate events.
Extra curricular events - There is much more to our drama schools than weekly classes in singing, acting and dance. We encourage our students to take part in our extra curricular and social activities, such as Oscar Nights, Fiorentini's Got Talent and various fundraising events. Students gain skills and enjoyment through participating in these opportunities.
Summer holiday courses - We offer week-long summer courses in July and August. On the Friday afternoon friends and family are invited to attend a performance, showcasing the work the students have done during the week. During the Musical Theatre week students are taken to an professional theatre performance. Recent outings have included Bugsy Malone, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, Shrek, Blood Brothers, Mama Mia, and Legally Blonde.