We are so excited to have professional actor Jessica Duffield join the team, leading our Saturday Acting Classes in Cottingham, passing on her expertise knowledge and skills to our pupils…

Hi I’m Jessica and my very earliest performance came at age three, singing a solo of Bobby Shafto! I quickly fell in love with the theatre and performed regularly in pantomimes, school productions and play competitions.

Having successfully auditioned for the National Youth Theatre in 2005, I went on to read Drama and French with Spanish at University, which also included a year living in Paris.

Following my degree, I gained a place at Drama Studio London, where I trained professionally as an actor and was nominated for the BBC Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award for Radio.

Since graduating from Drama School I have toured nationally to theatres such as The Lyric Hammersmith, Nottingham Playhouse, The Yvonne Arnaud, The Criterion and the Tristan Bates Theatre. During my time in London I also worked in various mainstream primary, secondary and special schools across the city.

As a founding member of She Productions Theatre Company, company in residence at East Riding Theatre, Beverley, I have co-written and performed in shows including The Three Kingdoms and The StorytEllas.

In 2016 I completed a PGCE at the University of York and have subsequently taught French, Spanish and Drama at Hymers College, Hull. I also directed a production of Twelfth Night, one of my favourite plays, for the Shakespeare Schools Festival 2017.

I am thrilled to be joining the NLD team!

If you are interested in joining our Cottingham Acting Classes, please come along for a FREE taster session at the Zion Reformed Methodist Church on Hallgate. Join Jessica every Saturday 7-11yrs (10.00am-11.30am) & 12+yrs (11.30am-1.00pm). To book please call 01482 641690, email or send us a message.

Feature Film Debut for NLD Pupil Eloise Groom

We cannot wait for the cinema release of ‘The More You Ignore Me’ this Friday 6th July. Our talented pupil Eloise Groom plays the part of Young Alice alongside a stellar cast including Sheridan Smith, Mark Addy and Sheila Hancock.

‘The More You Ignore Me’ is a warm comedy drama focusing on the life of an unconventional family in 1980’s rural England, based on the book by Jo Brand and produced by Genesius Pictures. Keith English who directed the film said:

“It’s not often you read scripts as unusual and as good as this one. Jo Brand has used all her insight gained during her years as a psychiatric health worker to create a story that pulls no punches, but makes you laugh and leaves you with a wonderfully positive feeling at the end.”

Don’t miss out and GO SEE!!!


We are thrilled to welcome Michaelle to the team who will be leading our Commercial Dance Classes in Welton…

Hi, my name is Michaelle and I am originally from Ecuador. I started dancing from a very young age; this was thanks to my mother who saw I had the potential to dance as I was very flexible and picked up movement quickly. Ballet was my first introduction to dance and I also took up gymnastics, figure ice skating and cheerleading.

My true passion, however, is dance and over the years I have trained in commercial, street dance, folk dance, capoeira, contemporary, salsa, and belly dancing. At the age of 16 I enrolled on the performing arts course at Hull College; taking classes in acting, singing and dance. I then made the decision to pursue a career in dance and studied for my dance degree at Hull College, graduating in 2016.

During my three year course I had the opportunity to participate with East Riding Youth Dance and I also worked with Northern Ballet, exploring the process of teaching children. This experience led me to working with young people, teaching dance and passing on my love and enthusiasm for performance.

I am currently undertaking a yoga teacher training course, which has helped me to gain more knowledge about the human body and the importance of breathing. My yoga training compliments my teaching of dance as I am able to help children to become more flexible, relax, and ultimately help them to believe in themselves and their abilities.

I am extremely excited to be part of the teaching team at Northern Lights Drama and to work with the school’s talented pupils.


We are extremely proud and excited to announce that three of our pupils have been cast in the Summer Shakespeare Season at the new Shakespeare Rose Theatre in York. James Lewis who attends our Acting Classes in Anlaby has been cast as Prince Edward in RICHARD III, directed by Olivier Award Winning Lindsay Posner. Eloise Groom who attends our LAMDA Classes and William Simpson who attends our Acting Classes in Cottingham have been cast in MACBETH, directed by Damian Cruden, a fellow Olivier Award Winning director.

What a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to work with a team of world renowned actors, directors, producers and creatives. The Shakespeare Season runs from 25th June – 2nd September 2018. To find out more and to book your tickets please go to

We cannot wait to spend our summer holidays in York!!!

*James Lewis featured bottom left (actor in centre) playing the part of John Tate in rehearsals for ‘DNA’ by Dennis Kelly at our Acting Classes in Anlaby.
*Eloise Groom featured top left and bottom right, receiving her LAMDA Acting Examination Certificate.
*William Simpson featured top right playing the part of the Dormouse in rehearsals for ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and bottom centre at our Acting Classes in Cottingham.


A big congratulations to all pupils who took their LAMDA Acting Examinations in March 2018. 100% pass rate with all pupils achieving a Merit grade or above. Over 60% of pupils were awarded the highest grade of Distinction with some marks in the 90s!!! These are the best set of results since launching our LAMDA Examination Classes in 2016. We are so proud of all our pupils and want to say a big thank you to our super duper Acting Teacher Peter who leads the classes every Monday at Hessle Town Hall. For more information and to book please go to our LAMDA page, call 01482 641690 or email


Our fabulous singing teacher and assistant Zoe is on the front page of The Journal this month!!! Zoe is the lead, playing the part of Elle Woods in ‘Legally Blonde – The Musical’ produced by Beverley Musical Theatre at Hull New Theatre 19th – 23rd June 2018. This is a must see show so don’t miss out. Show your support for Zoe and have an awesome time at the theatre. Buy your tickets here


WE ARE HIRING! We are looking for DANCE TEACHERS to join the team. We run weekly COMMERCIAL DANCE and MUSICAL THEATRE classes (term time only), regular Holiday Workshops, Masterclasses, and a week long Summer School across the East Riding. Are you a reliable individual who is enthusiastic and passionate about teaching dance and working with children?

Please apply by sending your CV and covering letter to

Further information available upon request.

We look forward to receiving your applications,

Hannah & Tilly.

Ben Ainsworth to Appear in Emmerdale on ITV

Ben Ainsworth (10), from Lund, will appear as a cheeky schoolboy within a classroom scene in Emmerdale on ITV this Tuesday 17th April.

“This is a great achievement for Ben” said Hannah Levy, Head of Acting at Northern Lights Drama Theatre School. “Ben is a very talented actor and we are extremely proud to have one of our pupils appear in this popular tea time soap.”

Ben joined Northern Lights Drama in 2016 and attends the Theatre School’s Holiday Workshops, Masterclasses and weekly LAMDA Examination Classes in Hessle and Production Club in Beverley.

Ben’s dad, Tim Ainsworth, recognises the contribution Northern Lights Drama Theatre School has made to Ben’s professional development. He said: “I am extremely grateful to the team at Northern Lights Drama for their continued support and belief in Ben. Hannah and Tilly are always there to provide help and advice about working professionally in the industry and Ben wouldn’t have achieved so much without their belief in his talent.”

Northern Lights Drama Theatre School has forged strong relationships with reputable theatrical agents who represent a select number of pupils. Before landing the part in Emmerdale, Ben played the role of Benji in Priscilla Queen of the Desert on board the Norwegian Epic Cruise Liner, sailing across the Mediterranean for six weeks. Ben impressed the producers so much he was then asked to play the part again for a further six weeks in the Caribbean.

Ben is very excited to see himself on television: “I couldn’t believe it when I found out I had got the part and would be in an episode of Emmerdale. The filming was so much fun and I learnt a lot from the experience. I really love to perform and I can’t wait to see the episode on Tuesday.” 

Northern Lights Drama Theatre School does not restrict entry through audition as Hannah and Tilly see their role as developing everyone, irrespective of whether they wish to pursue a professional career or not. Tilly Oakshott, Head of Musical Theatre at Northern Lights Drama Theatre School said “Our classes can help develop a young person’s confidence and interpersonal skills in addition to acting, dance or singing ability. Those like Ben who progress towards professional work in theatre, film and television are prepared for auditions and a career within the industry.” 

Trial your first class for FREE! Musical Theatre, Acting, Commercial Dance and LAMDA Examination Classes available for 3 – 18yrs and adults in Anlaby, Beverley, Cottingham, Driffield, Hedon, Hessle, Market Weighton, Welton and Willerby. To book please contact us.

Also featured in the Hull Daily Mail – read the article here.

Pupils Perform in ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ in the Carribean

A big GOOD LUCK to twin brothers Conrad and Marcus who have been chosen to perform on board the Norwegian Epic Cruise Liner in the Carribean, sharing the role of Benji in ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’, for six weeks.

Conrad and Marcus are taking over the part from NLD pupils Ben, who played the role over Christmas, and Harrison, who has just finished a six week run of the show. Ben and Harrison loved every minute and we are sure Conrad and Marcus will too #BreakALeg!

Easter Workshop Winner Announced!

And the Winner of our Easter Workshop Competition is… ASHLEY PARKER! Featured is Ashley’s little girl who attends our Musical Theatre Classes in Hedon.

Ashley’s name was chosen at random from the reviews we received on Facebook and here is her experience of NLD…

“Absolutely amazing classes. My little girl started attending when she was just 3 years old (she’s almost 5 now!) and has come on leaps and bounds since starting NLD. She has attended classes in Welton and Hedon,
workshops and the week long summer school. No matter what she attends she always looks forward to it and tells me what a fantastic time she has had! Would highly recommend NLD to everyone!”

Thank you to all who entered and for your lovely reviews on Facebook.

Hannah & Tilly x