Theatretrain is the only young people’s theatre company that has made large-scale theatre for 30 years. Theatretrain brings together the performing arts to make theatre. To tell stories through sound, movement and feelings in time and space to make very special performances.
The standard of teaching offered by Theatretrain is exceptional. Students learn from professionals who are passionate about what they do, follow a well-thought out curriculum and are able to progress students on the journey to reaching their full potential.
Theatretrain is the Performing Arts Franchise that truly believes in the power of the performing arts to transform lives. They provide the artistic framework and business support that enables people who share their passion to empower the next generation.
Weekly classes lead to local as well as large-scale national performances in London's West End and the Royal Albert Hall. Professional performing arts training, however, is not just about preparing for a career in the theatre. Theatretrain classes nurture the skills that build confident, creative and resilient young adults who can achieve success in any aspect of life.
Guided by Artistic Director, Kevin Dowsett, and his Head Office team, Theatretrain Franchisees enjoy the support of a company celebrating over 30 years of success. With a family-feel and a supportive franchisee network, they work together to nurture a community of successful business owners.
A Theatretrain franchise can operate on a part-time or full-time basis, ranging from a minimum three hours of weekend classes for 4-18 year-olds to a full schedule of mid-week sessions, holiday programmes and nursery- and school-based activities.
The head office at Theatretrain will help you find and book a suitable venue for the business. Franchisees often run classes 3 hours per week, usually Saturday mornings 39 weeks per year September to July. There is the option to extend the offer to midweek sessions at the same or different venues. Theatretrain will work you at all stages to determine what you want to put into and get out of your Performing Arts Franchise (e.g. part-time/full-time) and provide guidance on the type of sessions you can run to best achieve this.
Franchisees will recruit four team members to deliver professional performing arts training. Training and support also provided here. You may wish to teach one of the (acting/dance/singing) subjects yourself in which case you can recruit a Centre Manager.
This depends on how many classes and young performers you can attract to your centre. Theatretrain have models of projected income and can show examples from their current team, a large number of whom have worked with them for many years.
On average with a moderate success £30K-£50K per year rising to £70K-£80K.
Theatretrain are looking for ambitious individuals who believe in the transformational effects of a theatre education in young people’s lives, professional performing arts experience is desirable but not essential and no previous business knowledge is required.
The initial investment for a Theatretrain Franchise ranges from £5,995 to £34,995 + VAT. This covers the purchase of your business territory, training programme (5 days), website and launch campaign as well as the Start-up Kit.
Packages are designed for flexibility, from those who have limited start-up capital to those seeking a quicker return on their initial investment.
While I was a drama teacher and I had lots of administrative, as well as some managerial experience, I had never run my own business and it was initially quite a scary experience taking on a new venture. However, the training and support I received from the Theatretrain head office really helped me to get the school off the ground, and to understand all the business side of running a franchise.Carol Soper, Theatretrain Franchisee, Sutton
I have always wanted to own my own performing arts school. Eight years ago I expected it to be a part time thing, as an income supplement, doing something I love. Now I have three schools, additional weekday classes and this has been my full time job for 5 years! My schools are my passion as well as my job.Jess Fairfield, Theatretrain Franchisee, Royston and Welwyn-Hatfield
When I took over the Chester school in 2005, I didn’t realise how quickly I would be able to turn a hobby into a business. Theatretrain provides wonderful experiences, not just for our pupils but also for our teachers and centre directors…the support between centre directors and from head office is a key part of our success.Steve Davies, Theatretrain Franchisee, Chester, Mold and Wrexham
Theatretrain dare to be different
National performance opportunities at iconic venues such as the Royal Albert Hall
Personalised support and guidance