Welcome to NJ Theatre Academy

We are a friendly Saturday school in Coggeshall, Essex.  We offer professional training in performing arts for ages 5-18.  All abilities are welcome and all of our classes are taken by DBS checked qualified professionals with a wealth of experience.

The Agency

NJTA Kids is a division of NJ Theatre Academy.  We provide representation for young performers ages 5-21 who wish to work professionally. You do not have to attend NJ Theatre academy to join our books, but acceptance into the Agency is by audition only. Contact us for audition dates.

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Summer School

Every year NJ Theatre Academy hold a week long summer workshop. It is always an unforgettable week with fantastic learning opportunities, heaps of fun with great performances. Summer school 2017 runs from 7th to 11th August and is based on ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

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NJ Theatre Academy perform annually in large scale original productions. Throughout the year our pupils take part in workshops, concerts, TV, Film and much more…

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What We Do

At NJ Theatre Academy in Essex, it doesn't matter how much experience you have had previously in performing arts. What matters is that you are willing to learn.

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The main focus of acting classes is for the children to have fun, we offer a range of activities that will help support your child, and teach them to express themselves.

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Our singing classes start with both physical and vocal warm up exercises where the students are taught about the physical process of singing and what is required.

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Our dance classes begin with a warm up to music tailored to each specific age group. The junior class focus on fun exercises, whereas other classes offer much more.

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Why Choose NJ Theatre Academy

We keep class sizes small and believe in treating each child as an individual to realise their full potential by nurturing and building confidence not only in performance but also in life skills.

Our teachers are friendly, patient and with tons of professional experience in accredited schools and universities, we can ensure that your child is getting the best possible tuition.

Nikki Wales - Principal

Nikki started training at the age of 6 as a gymnast and acrobat, by the age of 9 she discovered her love of musical theatre and performing.

Nikki went on to train as a full time student at The Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts in London. She then went on to perform as a singer/dancer and actress in the west end and all over the world in plays, musicals and bands.

Nikki has taught hundreds of children over the years and many have gone on to have successful careers in the industry.

In addition to her dance teaching qualifications Nikki is also a qualified british gymnastics coach and Acrobatic Arts instructor.


Not just a girlie dance school with crowded classes like so many in the Colchester area. Great for both boys and girls who want to develop their performing talents. ‘Jenny Noakes’
It was a fab show, so funny and the kids were fantastic. Thank you NJ Theatre Academy for giving them these great opportunities. ‘Jo Wilkinson’
Jo Wilkinson
Well done NJ Theatre Academy, you’ve all worked so hard and put in so much effort, it really showed. Such a fantastic show, we thoroughly enjoyed it. We could watch it all again. ‘Claire McNamara’
It was an amazing and hilarious show. We laughed the whole way through. The whole gang at NJ Theatre Academy are superb. ‘Tracey Price’
Can’t recommend NJ Theatre Academy enough, my daughter has been attending for 9 years and still loves it. What makes it so special are the teachers who bring out the best in each child. ‘J Wilkinson’