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ESSA teaching team


We are a vibrant performing arts school for ages 5-18, offering a range of workshops to help young people develop their skills in dance, drama, and singing. Our passionate teaching team strive to nurture children's confidence and creative talent through fun and engaging lessons and activities. Children will have the chance to show off their new skills in our regular performances.


We offer a variety of holiday clubs and workshops in the Ipswich and East Suffolk area. Check out our workshops page for details of our upcoming events.


Rock of Ages Show Postponed

11 March 2024

We would like to announce that our Easter Rock of Ages show, which was due to take place at Woolverstone Hall on 13th April, has been postponed until the summer holidays (date T.B.C.).

We will instead be running a holiday club workshop based around musical theatre and Rock music! Expect hits from musicals such as, We will Rock You, Rock of Ages, School of Rock and many more.

Head on over to our workshops page for more info.

Musical Theatre Rocks Easter Workshop
Contact us if you would like to discuss a payment plan

18 Feb 2024

Now taking payment plans!

21 Feb 2024

We appreciate that times have been hard lately, and arts education can be difficult to access for many families. At ESSA, we believe in the power of arts education to instil confidence in children through allowing them the freedom of expression, and are committed to providing affordable arts education to children in Suffolk.

If you would like to sign up but are stuck for cash right now, simply email us at and we will happily discuss an instalment plan.

Workshop now to be held at Copleston High School

21 Feb 2024

Show in a week Easter workshop

Dear ESSA Customers,


I am writing to inform you that we have had a change of venue for our Easter workshop. The show will go ahead as planned, however the workshop will now be held at Copleston High School, as detailed below.


Workshop to be held 8-12 April 2024, 9am-4pm.

Copleston High School,

Copleston Road, 




If you have any questions, please email us and we will be happy to discuss.

Kind Regards,

The ESSA Team.

New Theatre School Set to Enliven Ipswich


East Suffolk Stage Arts to Offer Vibrant Performing Arts Workshops for Ages 5-18


Ipswich, Suffolk - 17/02/2024 - In the face of challenges posed by budget cuts threatening arts education in Suffolk's communities, local teacher Nat Curtis is taking a bold step forward with the establishment of East Suffolk Stage Arts (ESSA), a dynamic new theatre school. ESSA will provide a rich tapestry of performing arts workshops, specialising in dance, drama, and singing, and will welcome students of all skill levels, aged 5 to 18. No prior experience is required, just a passion for creativity.


At ESSA, accessibility, affordability, and, above all, enjoyment are paramount. The school aims to create a nurturing environment where every participant has the opportunity to shine, regardless of age or ability. While auditions may be held for larger roles, ESSA ensures that everyone will have a part to play.

Founder Nat Curtis, pictured, whose passion for arts education knows no bounds, emphasises the transformative power of the arts in fostering confidence and social development among children. "Arts education is invaluable," she asserts, "and at ESSA, we're dedicated to nurturing natural talent and providing pathways into the performing arts industry.”


Joining Nat is drama teacher Liz Weighill, a recent college graduate with a lifelong love for performance. “I’m excited to be able to share my passion for musical theatre with our students and I’m very much looking forward to seeing how their ideas help bring the show and it’s characters to life,” Liz shares enthusiastically.

Our principal, Nat Curtis

To inaugurate its 2024 season, ESSA will stage a production of the West End hit musical, 'Rock of Ages.' Set against the backdrop of the 1980s, this high-energy extravaganza promises a nostalgic journey filled with shoulder pads, bad wigs, and infectious tunes. The production will take place at the esteemed Woolverstone Halls Hayworth Theatre, culminating a week-long Performing Arts Workshop during the Easter half-term.


Caitlyn, an 11-year-old aspiring performer eagerly awaiting her role in the show, expresses her excitement: "I love performing because you can escape into another world and be a different person. I am excited to learn how to act in a partnership as I haven’t done this before, and I am hoping to get the part of Sherrie.”

East Suffolk Stage Arts invites the Ipswich community and beyond to embark on this thrilling journey into the world of performing arts. For more information on workshops, auditions, and performances, visit our workshops page, or contact

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