About Stage by Stage

Stage by Stage Academy is the performing arts school which has been based in the heart of Exeter since 1994.  Our practical and progressive training prepares young performers to become confident all-rounders in singing, dancing and acting, either as a preparation for further vocational training, or simply for the fun of it!


Integral to the learning process are the full stage productions we mount, which allow for real on-stage experience for every single student.  Our shows have garnered rave reviews in venues across the city, including ‘Annie’ and ‘West Side Story’ at the Northcott Theatre, as well as further afield, with ‘The Company of Wolves’ and ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ receiving 5-star acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival, and ‘Children of Eden’ proving a major hit in London’s West End!


Each show is designed to reinforce the training carried out in class throughout the whole STAGE BY STAGE academic year, and to challenge the skills and abilities of every one of our performers.


As a result of our training, STAGE BY STAGE students are frequently cast in professional theatre productions, such as the national tour of ‘Annie’ and ‘Oliver’, BBC Radio and television, including leading roles in children’s TV programmes.  Many of our graduates have gone on to even greater success at top vocational colleges such as the Brit School, Mountview, Bristol Old Vic, Arts Educational, Millennium College, Central School of Speech & Drama and RADA.


A wide range of examinations are available through STAGE BY STAGE, which is a registered centre for GCSE and A’ Levels.  Dance and drama exam preparation is taken as a separate option by many of our students, who regularly achieve the very highest grades.  However, many students are equally happy to pursue our classes purely as a stimulating hobby.


STAGE BY STAGE has a membership of over 200 children, aged between 4 and 20 years, all working towards a common goal: joy in performance!


Ian Trafford


Tel: +44 1392 211244

E-mail: ian@stagebystage.co.uk


Stage by Stage

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Our students have progressed to work on such top West End stage shows as:




42nd Street

West Side Story

Mary Poppins

Mamma Mia


Peter Pan

Dirty Dancing

Singing in the Rain

South Pacific

American Psycho

Spring Awakening

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory


Priscilla Queen of the Desert

The Mousetrap

Beauty & the Beast

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

- as well as in BBC, ITV and Chanel 4 dramas, The Voice Junior and even Hollywood movies!


News flash...


Senior Academy has just visited the Edinburgh Festival with TGHE COMEDY OF ERRORS! The show was described as a ''hidden gem' and 'a pulsating hour of high quality theatre'!  Congratulations to the whole cast!


Huge congratulations to our 'Cabaret' group who won the Exeter Dance Festival Performance Award (the overall "championship"), beating 40 other trophy winners in the biggest dance event of the Devon dance calendar!!!

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