The S.L.T.A (Sleaford Little Theatre Academy) for young people aged 8 - 18 years offers a wide variety of performing arts workshops and bespoke projects along with creating dynamic, diverse and inclusive theatre. We encourage members to learn a myriad of creative skills while having fun in a safe theatre space.

SLT Academy - Class of 2020

We believe it is essential to enrich, educate and inspire a future generation of creative talent.


Our Classes

Drama and theatre classes for children and young people aged 8 -18 years, to take place in the theatre on Saturdays during term time. Classes will be designed to support participants in developing confidence and self-expression through practical theatre training and taught by experienced and dedicated theatre-makers leading to a performance in a real theatre space.

More great reasons to join the Academy:

  • Great value for money - just £10 per week for 2 hours
  • Run by friendly and experienced teachers with full DBS certificates
  • No auditions will be required to join the classes or youth shows
  • Academy members will also have the exclusive opportunity to audition for SLT adult members' shows when youth actors are required and will not be subject to any extra youth membership fees
  • Everyone involved will have the opportunity to perform for friends and family in an annual academy production for 2/3 performances on the SLT stage


Our Groups

  • Junior (ages 8-11)
  • Intermediates (ages 12-15)
  • Youth (ages 16-18)

Group times will be confirmed at the beginning of each term and will depend upon the number of children registered and the number of groups running each day. All classes last for 2 hours and will run at some time between 10 am – 5 pm.


Our Fees

£120 per term (12 weeks)

If you have any questions about fees or the availability of places, please email the lead teachers, Maria and Joanne at [email protected].


Our Teachers

SLT Academy Teachers

Joanne Moules

Joanne achieved a National BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts and went on to work as part of a professional production team at the Birmingham School of Acting (formerly The Birmingham School of Speech & Drama) producing up to 15 full-scale productions a year and teaching Stage Management and Technical Theatre.  Within her 3-year role at the company, she was privileged to experience a wide array of roles from Dresser to Company Stage Manager and learnt that ‘every role is vital’.

Since leaving the professional theatre to live in Sleaford and have her son, Jo has been using her talents more ‘on stage’ rather than ‘backstage’ and has performed in many full-scale productions with local theatre companies.   Her passion is for all things theatrical and has wide-ranging expertise in backstage skills and technical theatre.

Maria Bates

Maria has worked as a freelance drama teacher for over 25 years, directing youth and adult productions, delivering performance arts scholarships, Theatre In Education shows and workshops in dozens of schools, academies and theatres throughout London, the South East and Lincolnshire. She held the position of Training Director and Child Protection Officer at South London Theatre for 3 years.

She brings with her extensive experience of directing and drama facilitation, specialising in giving children the opportunity to grow and develop their confidence, teamwork and communication skills through practical theatre training.

Both Jo and Maria believe that the arts are a vital creative outlet that MUST be nurtured and encouraged at all levels. They are honoured to work alongside each other at this groundbreaking Academy and guide your children through their own theatrical journey, wherever they wish it to lead.


Autumn/Winter 2021

'Whatz 'Appnin' in the Willows'?

We are delighted and excited to announce that SLTA will be opening its doors again in September and we are now taking bookings!

This time we are jumping straight in with rehearsals for the Spring production and the training elements of the workshops will be incorporated into this process.

The show:
'Whatz 'Appnin' in the Willows'?
by Maria Bates.

It is a story based on 'Wind in the Willows' but set in 1920's London. Think 'The Great Gatsby' meets 'Bugsy Malone' but with characters very much like those in Wind in the Willows, only human.


Term Dates

The term dates for 2022 are:


January - 8, 15, 22 & 29
February - 5, 12, & 26
March - 5, 12, 19 & 26
April - 2

Show Dates + Extra Rehearsals
April 3rd - Full Day
April 6th - Tech
April 7th - Dress
April 8th & 9th - Show - Starting at 7pm

To register for Winter/Spring 2023 of the SLT Academy, please complete our online registration form.