About Us


Jesters Theatre Academy was founded in 2012  and is run by a West End Musical actress and a highly experienced performing arts teacher.

Together they have made Jesters THE place to discover your talents and sense of adventure.

The atmosphere at Jesters is happy and relaxed. We believe in learning skills and techniques through fun, and regularly perform full scale productions on stage aided by our professional sound and lighting technicians. We also give public performances and are regularly offered gigs.

All tutors and guest workshop leaders are experienced teachers who are professional choreographers, directors or performers.

Everyone is Welcome at Jesters. Whether you come for the love of performing or whether you come with dreams of having a performing career. Jesters is about nurturing talent and making sure fun is had by taking part in creative drama, funky and fun choreography, and vocal training in musical theatre and pop styles; all whilst making new friends in a relaxed environment.

Jesters prides itself on nurturing and developing each student as an individual which sets us apart from other such stage schools. 

Our Story

Annie and Joanna started Jesters out of a love of all things Musical Theatre. Both are professionally trained actresses and have been performers since a young age, both having performed in the West End, on stages across the UK and in TV and film. Annie is also trained dancer and Joanna is an award winning Voiceover Artist. They met whilst teaching for another theatre school and immediately hit it off and became best friends.

The idea for starting a school together came from both ladies having an issue with theatre schools having too many children in a class, too high a fee, not enough personality being shown and feeling detached from their pupils because there were just too many in front of them to connect with.

Jesters started with just seven pupils in one venue and now members are in the triple figures and classes are held in 3 towns!

Annie and Joanna are both dedicated to creating a fun, crazy, friendly and imaginative school. Jesters caters for the individual needs of each pupil. They both strongly believe that EVERY pupil that wants the opportunity to learn and perform should get the chance to take centre stage.

Don’t Dream It. Do it!

“We would love to welcome you into our family!” 

Love Annie & Joanna



The Team

Charlotte Moyes

Debbie Tombleson

Petra Hardman

Stacey Lofthouse


What Our Families are Saying

“My son has always been known for leaping across the living room and pretending that the floor is made of slime… so one day a friends said “take him to a drama group”. So I did… We found Jesters and he has grown so much! It’s exactly the right outlet for his energy and the girls that teach it are full of beans! He loves attending and asks each week if it’s Jesters day. I’m so pleased I found them”

JM Juniors Chelmsford mother

“Jesters is like a second family to me. I’m so lucky to have made the friends that I have here. It’s my safe place and I look forward to coming each and every week!”

JG YT member Chelmsford

“ My daughter loves coming to Pierrots after school. She races me all the way there! We tried some other ballet schools and she quite ‘fitted in’. Here she’s made some good friends and comes out smiling and giggling rather than ‘I felt lonely and was bored’. There’s also a bonus that I get to sit in the café for 45minutes with a hot chocolate and have a natter with some other mums!”

SC Pierrots Mother