About us

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What we offer

At Big Arena Performing Arts we offer Drama, Singing and Dance at an affordable price in Sutton Coldfield and Bilston town centre. Founded in 2009, Big Arena Performing Arts has had success in teaching Dance, Drama and Singing to children aged between 3 and 18 years of age with previous performances including Alice in Wonderland,Bugsy Malone, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, The Grinch and The Wizard of Oz. If you would like to see your child develop confidence as a budding singer, actor or dancer with guidance from experienced teachers, then Big Arena Performing Arts could be just the thing you are looking for. Parents are welcome to sit in on there childs first taster session. . It’s a good idea with younger children if the parent does stay for at least the first session, to see they settle in well.  We ask parents to complete a membership form at the child’s first attendance. This is so that we have contact details. We also ask your permission to use photos of the child in publicity and videos of show.    All of our staff are CRB checked and have been chosen for their subject expertise as well as how effectively they work with children. We foster an atmosphere which is fun, friendly, energetic and creative.  


BIG ARENA DRAMA WAS FOUNDED IN 2009 BY MIKE VENABLES. MIKE WAS THE DRAMA TEACHER AND MANAGER SINCE 2009. HOWEVER IN DECEMBER 2015 MIKE DECIDED TO END HIS BIG ARENA JOURNEY AND START A NEW JOURNEY WITH HIS OWN PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPANY. EMMA PARKER TOOK OVER MANGER JANUARY 2016 AND RENAMED THE COMAPANY BIG ARENA PERFORMING ARTS.  SINCE EMMA HAS STARTED SHE OPEN UP ANOTHER BRANCH SO BIG ARENA PERFORMING ARTS HAS TWO BRANCHES ONE IN SUTTON COLDFIELD AND ONE IN BILSTON. 

Emma Parker

Singing teacher and Manager

 Emma has always had a great passion for singing and Drama since she appeared on stage at the early age of 5 where she has sung and acted ever since. Performing arts has been present in Emma’s life since an early age and has been on the stage in various roles in different musicals. She studied music and Drama at GSCE and A’level where she gained A’s in her singing performances. Emma then went on to study Performing Arts at University of Wolverhampton where she gained a BA Drama and Performance degree in 2010.

Since the age of 14 Emma has worked in various jobs working with children in drama schools and youth related jobs. Emma’s current job is Emma Parker Vocal tutor, which she teachers from her studio at home and also works in 2 other private schools. She currently teachers 50 students at her home and has 3 teachers that work for her., Emma also teaches at Music 2000, Livingston Academy Of Dance as a vocal Coach.

Emma over the years has worked in many establishments such as the Wolverhampton Grand theatre as an Assistant vocal coach for the childrens Glee Club, Stage Coach, Dudley Performing Arts providing singing lesson to 6 schools, Wolverhampton Stage School, Drama and music teacher teaching GSCE Music and Drama at North-east Wolverhampton Academy. 

Emma worked at Big Arena from December 2012 as a vocal Coach and  worked along side Mike Venables. Emma took over Big Arena January 2016 as Manager and renamed the company Big Arena Performing Arts.

Meet the staff- Sutton Coldfield

Dance Teacher- Catherine Forrest

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 My curiosity for dance began at a young age. It was at 8-9 years old that I found myself attending regular dance classes first as a hobby which later flourished into a possible career pathway. My passion has seen me through college and university where I achieved a BTEC National Diploma and Bachelor Honours Degree both in Dance. My background in dance includes an extensive range of techniques which include the traditional conventions of Ballet, Contemporary and Musical Theatre, but also touch upon the controversial styles of Indian, African and Street Dance.

Now, equipped with the correct skills and tools I have been able to overcome many obstacles and achievements, some of them have given me the opportunity to travel around the U.K as well as overseas. Not only has Dance offered me the pleasure in teaching but also the professional aspect to perform on stage including a range of musicals, live concerts and competitions.

Now, working with Big Arena my goal is to transfer these tools within my current students in hope that too will peruse their dreams as rising performers. 

Drama Teacher- Kate Roche

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 Kate started learning stage and screen techniques when attending The Garrick Rep School of Acting for 5 years. From there she has performed in many productions from Shakespeare in the Park to independent short films at film festivals as well as The Crescent Theatre in Birmingham. She studied a Foundation in Acting at Birmingham school of Acting. Here she had lessons in Movement, voice, contextual studies and stage combat. She gained a Grade 8 Distinction in the Trinity College London Award for Plays in Production. Along with this she had the privilege of performing on Shakespeare's Globe in London. During the week days she works for a Talent Agency in London gaining inside knowledge of the performing arts industry. She originally taught French through drama in her home town and on a work placement in France teaching English. She now enjoys sharing her love for the theatre with young people here at Big Arena. 

Drama Teacher- James Walsh

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 James started at Big Arena in 2009 where he was quite shy but the next week he soon jumped right in with the older group where then that day he got the part of Mr Salt in the play ‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’ and from there he moved on to playing the part of Prince Charming in ‘Cinderella’ . Progressing to a main part meant that he’s come a long to being a great actor. He then moved on to being Dandy Dan in the play ‘Bugsy Malone’.  Then in 2015 moved on to playing the role of the Wizard in the production ‘The Wizard of OZ’ all of which were full scale productions. Outside of the Big Arena he has achieved a grade 3 distinction and a grade 4 merit in a LAMDA but all to the thanks of Big Arena. He dedicates his all to acting but not only that in early 2015 he was offered a job at Big Arena to help and support the kids out and tidying the studio. His predicated GCSE grades are as follows: English-B, Maths-C, Music-C, Product Design-B and BTEC science-merit (B). Other thing he’s achieved is a bronze award in DofE which involves volunteering, skills and physical challenges and 2 day expedition. His hobbies are Drama and running. He has a verity of interests for the future such making his own business or working in something that involves what he loves most which is drama. He has also accepted a course in performing arts diploma 3 at Sutton collage where he can pursue his dreams.  

Bilston Staff

Martyn Davies-Dance Teacher

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Hello my name is Martyn, my passion for dance started when i was around 12, i started performing with my local amateur theatre company and joined a local dance school where i entered dance competitions and learnt the art and fell in love. 

After my school days i went to college to study Performing arts and completing the course with a BTEC level 3. I went onto working professionally on holiday parks across the UK as a dance captain & Assistant entertainments manager from 2010 - 2014, After 4 years on the holiday parks I then went onto dancing on cruise liners dancing around the world and learning different styles, Oh and seeing some amazing countries, Since being back of the ships I've rejoined a amateur theatre company and dancing as a hobby now. I joined Big Arena Performing Arts because i want to share my experience and passion to help others learn and become the performer they strive to be.

Emma Barnsley- Drama Teacher

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 Hi
My name is Emma. I have an long history in Drama, specifically teaching. I have my degree in drama (BA hons) and have extensively studied practitoners and techniques from the recent past to expand and improve my knowledge. I love performing arts and am passionate about helping young people to enjoy performance. I always strive to be friendly and approachable and am happy to help with any part of the performance process or any concerns. 
 

Grace Bradshaw- Vocal Coach

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  I found my love of singing from a very young age and learned many instruments but soon realised that my voice was my favourite. I attended a local youth choir based in Walsall from the age of 9 until 19 after I’d started my degree. I followed music through primary and secondary school and discovered theatre at age 12. I studied at the University of Wolverhampton where I graduated with BMus Popular Music with First Class Honours.


I also work as a Singing Teacher in the Stafford and Wolverhampton areas.


I have been involved in youth theatre and amateur dramatics since the age of 14 and I am still actively involved in amateur dramatics now. 

Wednesbury Staff

Joash Musundi-Vocal Coach

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 “Hello, my name is Joash. I have been singing and performing to varying degrees since I was a child. I took this love of music into my education and the end result has been a Masters Degree in musical theatre. Through my studies I have looked at the work of different composers, practitioners, and artists and have built a solid knowledge on how to perform, especially in musical theatre. With voice being my primary instrument, I have taught singing and acting through song to a wide range of children, engaging them with musical theatre in a very practical way. Musical theatre has opened my eyes to various life experiences and stories and I aim to use the performing arts to not only educate young people on the craft, but to educate them about life and the world around them.

 

As an educator I create a comfortable and enjoyable environment, where young people learn and thoroughly have a good time. I do this while fostering a safe space for young people to express themselves in the arts” 

Martyn Davies-Dance Teacher

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 Hello my name is Martyn, my passion for dance started when i was around 12, i started performing with my local amateur theatre company and joined a local dance school where i entered dance competitions and learnt the art and fell in love. 


After my school days i went to college to study Performing arts and completing the course with a BTEC level 3. I went onto working professionally on holiday parks across the UK as a dance captain & Assistant entertainments manager from 2010 - 2014, After 4 years on the holiday parks I then went onto dancing on cruise liners dancing around the world and learning different styles, Oh and seeing some amazing countries, Since being back of the ships I've rejoined a amateur theatre company and dancing as a hobby now. I joined Big Arena Performing Arts because i want to share my experience and passion to help others learn and become the performer they strive to be.
 

Tina Barnes- Drama Teacher

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Hi, I’m Tina.  I’m an actress and scriptwriter and have been teaching drama part-time for almost a year, running after school clubs with Top Hat and at the Pauline Quirke Academy - Worcester. 


I’ve always been creative and knew what I wanted to do from a very young age. I attended dance school from age 7, then at secondary school joined external drama classes & took writing workshops. I continued to drama school, where I trained for 3 years at the Birmingham School of Acting. Here, I developed a great love of stage & screen combat and have continued to further my skills in this area, attending various stunt courses and using my skills for roles in a number of film & theatre jobs. 


TV credits include, Doctors, Emmerdale and The Bill, plus a variety of commercials. I’ve also worked on independent movies in the UK, along with many short films. Some theatre credits include: Lady Macbeth in an adaptation of Macbeth at The Blue Orange Theatre; Hermia in The Kaos Dream, an abridged version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that toured the UK; The Darlaston Dog Fight, a new play which premiered at the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, 2018.

I really enjoy passing on my love of acting, theatre & film. I try to encourage and motivate in order to bring out the best performances of people. Seeing students, of all ages, grow in confidence and ability really makes it all worthwhile!

Volunteers

Courtney Jenkins- Dance- Bilston

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 Hello my names Courtney,
My passion for dance started when I was about 7 I attended dance classes 3 times a week.


I have been involved in a lot of a activities to do with dance such as dance shows in school and out side of school/ musicals such as disco inferno and hairspray which was an amazing experience for me as I had the main parts which showed of what I could do and improve my confidence and ability.


I have joined Big Arena Performing arts Bilston because I think it is a way where I can show my ability and to help others achieve their goals

David Ormsby- Drama- Wednesbury

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 A Bachelor of the Arts and graduate of the University of Wolverhampton with a 2:1 Degree (with honours) in Performing Arts.

An aspiring performer and writer, who's always eager to learn and grow within the performance and creative industry.

Having a passion for performing since an early age, looks to provide a service to any and all who look to explore thier own passions for performance.

Alison and Bob Parker- Bilston

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