My Music career started at a young age gaining Grade 8 in Singing by the age of 13. I went on to study at The Academy of Contemporary Music where I became a sought after vocalist, singing and producing  for various labels.  I have written, performed and recorded songs with Sony Music (“Easy Words” available on ITunes, Spotify under my then stage name Phee Johnston.)  This song was then used by Sony Pictures USA in the hugely popular television show “Dawson's Creek.” I have also written and recorded for “Save the Children” for their fund raising Christmas campaigns. 

In recent years I was Head of Musical Theatre at Croydon College, which provided me with the challenging opportunity to work with a diverse range of students, some of whom had extremely disadvantaged backgrounds. With these students putting in hard work and dedication I’ve also watched many of them gain scholarships at such prestigious stage schools as The London Studio Centre, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Arts Ed and The Italia Conti Academy.  

 

 

A lot of my students successfully audition for West End musicals, gaining full contracts for shows such as The Lion King, Goodnight Mr Tom, War Horse, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Shrek and Mary Poppins, Grease, Hair Spray and The Sound of Music. I also have a high success rate for television and film castings, my students have achieved roles in Eastenders, Casualty, The Bill, Call the Midwife, The Boat That Rocked, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and countless TV ads. 

I have produced, directed and choreographed shows at Theatres all over the UK  and I sit in on audition panels for talent castings. 

 

Now I aim to bring accessible, inspirational, motivational and above all professional Performing Arts Education to the Midlands.

The Philippa Yeates Theatre School has good connections with casting agents in the West End of London and we put many of our talented students up for auditions! 

Our yearly show that we produce is always a fantastic experience for all our students to work towards. We use professional theatres for our performances and our very popular awards cermeony we hold yearly really gives our students something to strive towards.

We are a happy, family run school. We support our students to be the best they can be and care a great deal for their creative development. 

I look forward to welcoming you personally to our classes very soon!

Philippa x

A very warm welcome to our happy school!

Originally from Brighton, my partner Mark and I now live in Stanwick. We have 2 boys, Noah George who is 3 and Luca, our new baby! We also have our family dog, Fieval!  

Before the birth of my first son I lectured in London at the highly respected Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. Over the twelve years I was there I trained numerous students including the platinum selling, West End and Strictly star  “Pixie Lott” and also various other stars of stage and screen. I now enjoy the satisfaction of watching their careers flourish.  

 

I am also an Actress and professional Vocalist and have had a fruitful and varied career performing in countless productions. From “Nancy” in Oliver to “Mole” in The Wind and the Willows and everything in between! 

I have also done TV work - Eastenders to Insurance Commercials! 

 

A very warm welcome to our happy school!​

Originally from Brighton, I now live in Stanwick. I have 2 boys, Noah George and Luca, with one more on the way! We also have our family dog, Fieval!  ​

Before the birth of my first son I lectured in London at the highly respected Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. Over the twelve years I was there I trained numerous students including the platinum selling, West End and Strictly star  “Pixie Lott” and also various other stars of stage and screen. I now enjoy the satisfaction of watching their careers flourish.  

I am also an Actress and professional Vocalist with a fruitful and varied career performing in countless productions from Oliver to Eastenders! I have also been lucky enough to write, perform and record songs with Sony Music and the "Save the Children” Christmas campaigns. 

Philippa Yeates Theatre School can now proudly say that we bring accessible, motivational and above all professional Performing Arts Education to the Midlands.

The Philippa Yeates Theatre School has strong connections with casting agents in the West End of London and we put many of our talented students up for auditions! 

 

A lot of our students successfully audition for West End musicals, gaining full contracts for shows such as The Lion King, War Horse and Hair Spray. I also have a high success rate for television and film castings, my students have achieved roles in Casualty, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and countless TV ads.  

The yearly show that we produce is always a fantastic experience for all our students to work towards. We use professional theatres for our performances and our very popular awards cermeony we hold yearly really gives our students something to strive towards.

We are a happy, family run school who support our students to be the best they can be and care a great deal for their creative development. 

I look forward to welcoming you personally to our classes very soon!

Philippa x

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