We are so priveleged to have such a hard-working, passionate and courageous team of professional practitioners who deliver every workshop or project to the highest of standards, allowing your son or daughter to flourish.

Our fantastic South Side Theatre Academy team have one aim and that is to make sure every young person that we work with goes home with a smile on their face having learnt something new and had fun! For us theatre is about being able to relax, have fun and not worry about anything else, whilst exploring your imagination. We have an extensive team at South Side including Musical Directors, Choroegraphers, Lighting Technicians and Acting Directors. Each member of the team works closely with the children and teens to make sure the workshops and rehearsals are exactly what they want them to be, meaning that they engage more and develop both as actors and as young people, growing in confidence, teamwork, friendships and so much more. All of our lessons are adapted for each group by our professional practitioners, as we believe all children learn in different ways. Being able to respond to each and every young persons needs is something that we ensure all our team bring into the class or rehearsal.

The South Side team are always happy to check-in with yourselves too. We’re just an email or phone call away during the week, or available for a chat before or after any class or project. So whether you have a concern, a question or just want to check-in on how your son or daughter is doing then we’re always happy to talk.

All of South Side’s team are interviewed and go through rigorous training, ensuring they understand the South Side ethos and promises we make to ensure every single South Side member flourishes with us.

All our team have a valid DBS check. 

Toby Ward-Smith - Youth Director & Founder

Toby has a distinction in Performing Arts Teaching from the Performance Arts Awards and is the first port of call for all things South Side. Toby has extensively performed in and around South West London, including Bugsy Malone at the New Wimbledon Theatre, In the Heights at the Stockwell Playhouse and It Snows at Putney Arts Theatre and the Orange Tree Theatre. Alongside performing Toby has worked in Children's theatre for numerous years, starting out as a Class Assistant in the Children's Theatre Club at the Lantern Arts Centre, before leading their Easter Holiday Projects. He then went on to be the Assistant Director of the Young Company at the Churchill Theatre Bromley. And has directed various productions locally too. 

Toby believes that theatre should be accessible for everyone, which is why he launched South Side Theatre Academy with an aim to run all-inclusive, professional drama classes and productions for all young people. He is the first point of contact should you have any questions or enquires. 

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