ShowKids was founded by Natalie Burton, a qualified Performing Arts teacher living in Hackney. Natalie has taught in primary and secondary schools across the country across all key stages, has worked in TV, film and theatre and has over ten years experience in the education and performing arts industries. Her passion for, and belief in the power of the arts to transform children’s lives inspired her to create a new performing arts company with a difference. Her goal has always been to create immersive and life-changing arts experiences for children, unbound by the constraints of league-tables or restrictive curriculums. Her goal is to create well-rounded individuals who feel competent and confident not only when performing but in their everyday lives.
Natalie Burton – Managing Director
Natalie’s career, and her love for the arts, have been shaped by her own experiences as a child. She trained and competed regularly in Latin and Ballroom dance for 10 years from a young age, and took part in regular Speech and Drama competitions across the country. She has successfully completed a variety of qualifications herself, including LAMDA accreditations, and recognises the importance of these experiences and the life-skills she gained through them. She is passionate about providing children with these same opportunities to find their confidence and realise their own potential.
Natalie completed a Theatre and Performance degree at Leeds University and a Secondary Drama teaching PGCE at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Prior to ShowKids, Natalie was Head of Drama in a South London School working with children aged 4-18yrs and achieving 91% A*-C grades for GCSE Drama. Her students have gone on to study acting at The University for the Creative Arts, East15 Drama School, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) Natalie has 100% pass rate delivering LAMDA examinations.
Every ShowKids practitioner is recruited by Natalie through a meticulous interview process. At ShowKids we expect our practitioners to share our passions; to be inspiring, supportive, and able to tailor their courses to the needs of all children in their classes. Before working for ShowKids, references are obtained from all of our practitioners and DBS checks completed. Our practitioners will be in regular contact with you throughout your child’s course to ensure you are fully informed on their progress.
Meet The Rest Of The Team
Clare Reavey – Lead Practitioner
Clare is a graduate of Durham University where she studied a BA(hons) in Music. She plays the piano, violin, guitar, keyboard and has been a member of many choirs in London and loves everything musical theatre related. Clare has both acted in and directed a number of plays and musicals both at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at a number of schools in London. Clare completed her PGCE in Music with distinction through the Teach First programme.
Natalie Weston – Lead Practitioner
Natalie is a graduate of Kingston University where she gained a degree in Drama and Creative writing followed by a PGCE in Drama at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Natalie discovered her love for the arts in her early teens when she played the role of General Matilda Cartwright in the musical Guys and Dolls, since then her love for all genres of performance have grown from musical theatre to spoken word. Natalie has both performed in and directed a number of productions within school and at off Broadway theatres.
Michael Humphrey – Lead Practitioner
As a teacher and musical director with a decade of experience, Michael knows how to deliver a focused, efficient, rewarding and fun(ny) rehearsals. Under his direction Michael’s choir ‘In the Smoke’ have picked up awards including Voice Festival UK Community Champions (2012, 2015, 2016) and the prestigious Ward Swingle Award for Originality (2013). Michael works regularly with male and female voices – teens and adults – to get the best possible sound from an ensemble for the arrangement or composition under rehearsal. He has extensive experience in building performances for small gigs in pubs to ones in larger off-West End theatre spaces, as well as lots of a cappella recording experience and competition preparation. He is currently preparing his third album of original songs for release.
We are always looking for committed practitioners to join our ShowKids team. if you believe you share our passions and vision, and have the commitment and experience to lead our workshops, then please contact us 07889925225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.