History and Background

Centre Stage School of the Arts was founded by Peter Hodgson and Ali Tompkins in 1999.
Having trained as actors in the UK they then retrained as teachers and used their passion for arts training to help children develop life skills. Having always been involved in children’s theatre it was a labour of love to build a school based in drama, music and dance that would develop communication, group collaboration skills, confidence, imagination and creativity – a fantastic foundation for any child.

As a testament to it’s popularity and need, Centre Stage School of the Arts has grown from 1 room in a condo in 1999 – to a shop house in river valley road 2001 to 2007, to centres in the West (2007) and East (2012) and dance studios at Fusionopolis in  2011.


Performance drama was added to the wide curriculum in 2001. Now, Centre Stage has classes covering Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Drumming, Music, Creative Play, Drama, Speech and many workshops which blend the many and varied disciplines.


Now producing 16 theatre productions a year – Centre Stage is one of the few arts schools that gives its students the opportunity to perform in front of live audiences in fully staged productions.

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