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Self-Expression in the Spotlight

B.O.S.S. (Be On Stage & Screen) Acting School is a new cutting-edge drama school offering classical actor training with a fresh and innovative twist!


We teach children of all ages the skill of performance on stage AND screen.

Our little actors train in all performance skills, merging the highest professional level tuition with an exciting and dynamic experience.


At B.O.S.S. we put Self-Expression in the spotlight! We build children’s confidence and help them find their voice. We want them to know they are worthy of anything they set their heart on!

Samantha Shaw

Co-Director & Teacher

The main thing you need to know about me is I like to Sing, Dance and be really SILLY!  


I grew up on the sunny south coast of England near Portsmouth. 


I attended a Performing Arts College before gaining a place on the BA (Hons) Acting Degree at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. 


Since graduating some of my credits include being the Voice recognition aid in Toyota vehicles, a lead role in the UK Tour of the New Musical ‘The Egg Rumor’ in theatres such as The Old Joint Stock Theatre Birmingham, Etcetera Theatre Camden, The Old Red Lion and more. I also got the opportunity to tour two different plays around stunning Italy for six months (being able to travel is definitely a perk of the industry!), as well as participating in various T.I.E (theatre in education) productions and pantomimes.


Besides acting, my favourite thing to do is to teach and inspire young people to do the same! There is nothing better than seeing children transform with confidence, creativity and having an absolute blast doing it!! 

Samantha-Anne Shaw

Co-Director & Teacher

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Jennifer Brooke

Co-Director & Teacher

I always enjoyed acting from a young age but I didn’t have many performing schools locally (or the confidence!) for me to explore this passion.  At 18 I successfully gained a place on the BA(Hons) Acting course at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts where I trained on stage and screen for three years. It was an incredible experience!


Upon graduating I gained a role on Hollyoaks as series regular. I worked on the soap for just under a year and loved the experience of being on set everyday and watching the behind the scenes making of each episode. Since then I have had various TV and Film credits, including BBC’s ‘White Gold’ series 1 and 2, Lionsgates ‘My Name is Lenny’, ‘Astral’ and more recently ‘The Last Letter to your Lover’. I have also worked in Theatre in The Gym Thing (Pleasance Theatre). 


Alongside working as an actor I have taught acting to ages 2-16 for five years now. I love being able to share my passion with young people and watch them grow as little performers. My proudest moments are seeing the children I work with sharing their ideas confidently with the group and building a performance as a team.  I find it so important for children to explore their own creative identity and have an outlet that allows them to express themselves - there's real power in that! 


At BOSS we love having a mascot! BOSS DOG (inspired by the Real BOSS DOGS) is special to all of our children. If you are feeling a little nervous BOSS Dog stays with you to help you feel brave, they reward children that have impressed them at the end of each lesson and cheers the children on from the side-lines!

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BOSS Teachers


Peter Hardingham

Hello, my name is Peter and I live in Balham! I trained as an actor for 3 years at Italia Conti, graduating in 2017, and have been acting ever since. I grew up in Cambridge but moved to London to follow my dream of being a performer. I love all genres of performance: acting, singing, dancing. poetry, music, etc.


Favourite Acting Role: Captain Hook!

Favourite film: Toy Story (all four!)

Favourite Musical: Hamilton

Favourite thing about teaching: Having fun and being silly through singing, dancing and acting

Random fact: I once met the Queen and winked at her


Maria Rillstone

Hi, My name is Maria, I live in London with my boyfriend and our cat Dwight. I love drama so much and trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts which was an incredible experience, I learnt so much in my time there and look forward to passing some of that onto the children! β€‹


Favourite Acting Role: Jenny in Company.

Favourite film: Matilda

Favourite Musical: Les Misérables (Matilda as well!)

Favourite thing about teaching: watching the children come out of their shells and grow in confidence! It’s awesome. 

Random fact: I hold the record among my friends for holding the most chicken Goujons in my mouth!


Lawton Charman

Hello I'm Lawton, I live in London but am originally from Brighton. I trained as an actor at Italia Conti since graduating I've realised my love of creating alongside acting. A year ago I set up my own production company making comedy sketches and short films. I'm now a keen filmmaker writing, directing, editing and producing. β€‹


Favourite Acting Role: Sir Percy Shorter in Habeas Corpus           

Favourite film: Hot Fuzz

Favourite Musical: Hairspray!

Favourite thing about teaching: seeing children passionate about creating! Using their imagination and expressing their ideas. 

Random fact: I've never met anyone with the same name as me!