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Our leading team at Stage Makers Academy are not just ‘good with children’, they have the ability to remember what it feels like to be a brand new human and to appreciate the magic in discovery. 

The Stage Maker leaders want to share the experience in a fun, positive, meaningful and lasting way. 

We want to raise aspirations and inspire children and young adults to make positive life choices!

Our incredible team is truly the heart of Stage Makers Academy. It’s their dedication, passion and talent that keeps students invested in the learning process. 



Elena Malekkou

Hello Everyone! My name is Elena & I am the founder of Stage Makers Academy. 

I decided to open a Drama School locally as I felt there was a need for Performing Arts based training like ours. 

I myself trained in Acting at a London Drama School. I then went on to complete 4 years studying Drama & Film at University and spent a year training in California, all at which I began directing & choreographing Productions for Children’s Theatre. After graduation I worked for two global Production & Post Production companies in Film & TV before deciding to follow my dream of opening up a Drama School. Taking my expertise & experience in both industries, our programmes have been carefully tailored to explore Stage Performance & Stage Production. 

Among a million and one things we have learnt from this past year, I hope we can all take away the importance of health & happiness as these are our two fundamental needs. Stage Makers Academy is here to support healthy young minds and lives with the sole aim of nurturing expressive, happy & confident children all through the power of Drama. 



Amber Ogunsanya-William

Hi everyone! My name is Amber, I'm an Award-Winning Child specialist and inclusive practitioner in dance and entertainment across England. My dance styles include Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop & Ballet (with grading from the Royal Academy of Dance in classical Ballet). I'm also a playworker with a first-class honours degree from Chickenshed Theatre in Inclusive Performance. I'm officially an NSPCC champion of childhood and a Royal Opera House family fun day compère. . I'm so excited to meet all the budding young performers and can't wait to share my love of Musical Theatre with the next generation.



Mia Taylor

Hi I’m Mia, I have been  dancing since I was 6 and have always loved performing. I currently take acting & singing lessons and recently took my lamda  grade 6 acting exam. I am so excited to be joining the wonderful team at stage makers espcially after meeting you all at the summer show & camps. I can’t wait to continue seeing the students shine!



Liv Kerner

Hi I’m Liv, I am currently training at Italia Conti studying a Level 6 Diploma in Professional Musical theatre and also trains as part of the Jodie Steele Associates elite squad. Liv is so excited to be apart of the Stage Makers team, and share her enthusiasm and love of theatre with everyone!

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