Meet the Team

sarah-trueloveSarah Truelove – Founder of Stage Door Drama

Sarah trained at the Arts Educational School, London at both the stage school and the Adult Drama / Acting course (Dip. Acting, Arts Ed).
She has worked with the RSC, Kent Opera, Kentish Opera, regional theatres, cabaret circuits and the BBC.

In more recent years Sarah has directed numerous plays, pantomimes and musical theatre for local amateur dramatic societies including the Rotherfield Players, Pantiles Players and many more.

Sarah is also teaching Drama and LAMDA at a local independent prep school.

Sarah believes that drama classes offer children a chance to be creative and expressive whilst interacting with other children and encouraging team building. Better diction, posture, coordination and memorization are some of the skills they will learn.

Sarah strongly believes it is worth considering the enriching prospects that await your child at drama classes.

                               Mel Dolding – Admin Assistant/Chaperone

MelBoth my daughters are part of Stage Door Drama and I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it too.  I love my Saturday mornings at Stage Door.  It is a privilege watching the talented young people every week.  I work as a Teaching Assistant at the local primary school during the week and love working with children.  I believe that Drama plays a really important role in children’s lives – encouraging confidence, independence and self esteem.  Stage Door provides this as well as the acting skills they might need for future roles in life.

 louise-hawleyLouise Hawley – Safeguarding Advisor

I have a life long love of live theatre. Being involved in drama is fantastic for children’s confidence and development.  I am delighted to be Stage Door Drama’s safeguarding advisor,  bringing together my professional experience as a social worker with my interest in the dramatic arts.  HCPC Registration Number SW78633.



 catherine-irelandCatherine Ireland – Movement / Choreographer

Catherine was a professional dancer with The Young Generation and other dance groups in the 70’s and 80’s, also appearing in many commercials, films and television programs . Her love of dance took her into choreography for her local drama group. She enjoys working with Sarah and the children, giving them the chance to express themselves through dance.


Our Students!

The most important members of the group.  They all work so well together and really are just like one big family!