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Trestle School of Drama

Trestle School of Drama is fully inclusive and runs weekly sessions for ages 4-21 years. With nearly 40 years’ experience in arts and education and a wide range of expert specialists at our fingertips Trestle is the perfect place to start your journey with drama and grow with us.

The longest standing professional theatre company in St Albans offers its students the opportunity to work, learn and play at Trestle inspiring them to grow in confidence, make friends, improve communication and explore their creativity.

We aim to create a stimulating and professional environment within which our participants can find their own creative expression. All tutors are Trestle trained and DBS checked.

w/c 6 JAN until w/c 24 MAR
There will be no sessions during half term w/c 12 FEB

SATURDAYS 9am-10am
For ages 4-6
Get started with drama and learn key skills through creative play.

SATURDAYS 10am-1pm
For ages 11-15
Develop your acting skills with a focus on text and voice.

SATURDAYS 1.30pm-4.30pm
For ages 7-10
Build your skills and begin to explore creating your own stories to share on stage. Gain experience in text, movement and ensemble vocal work.

For ages 16-21
Develop your artistic process in intensive cross art sessions tailored to your needs be it, drama school prep/ text work /movement or advanced skill development.

COST: £22.50 per 3 hour session / £7.50 per hour session for BEGIN participants, paid in termly instalments. Bursaries are available where financial support is needed.

For more information on each session DOWNLOAD AN INFORMATION PACK HERE (please save/download to your computer to fill in)
or contact the team on or 01727 850950


Karene Horner-Hughes
Karene joined Trestle shortly after finishing her degree in Drama and English Literature at Portsmouth University. She has been working with youth groups and as a freelance drama practitioner for 12 years and has been trained by Trestle as a mask and physical theatre specialist. As well as her work with young people Karene is an actress and singer and has appeared in Trestle Theatre’s tour of Yarico and as Boudicca in our Herts Hidden Heroines HLF Project. She is also an experienced prop maker and puppeteer. Karene is very excited to start with Trestle School of Drama and takes real pride in seeing her students’ flourish (she also has an unhealthy obsession with baking).

Helen Barnett
Helen Barnett joined Trestle in March 2017. After studying drama at Loughborough University she went on to gain an MA in Directing from East 15 Acting School. She then went on to work as a freelance theatre facilitator and Director working with companies such as The Bush Theatre, The Tricycle Theatre, Polka Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre on various education and outreach projects alongside her role as Artistic Associate with Sphinx Theatre Company. She was also guest lecturer on the third year of the Acting Course at Northampton University. Helen is thrilled to be bringing back the youth theatre to Trestle and can’t wait to see who’s going to be joining us. (She also enjoys belting out the occasional Disney number)