Best Youth Theatre
Based at The Maltings Arts Theatre in central St Albans, over the past few years, under the leadership of Lisa Schulberg and Dawn Hudson, the group has gone from strength to strength.
In 2015 TheBYTE’s moving and disturbing production of The Boy Preference was selected from over 300 groups across the UK to perform at the National Theatre.
In 2017 our production of Just won three awards at the Welwyn Drama Festivals and our younger group began a new tradition with an open-air summer production at the Roman Theatre of Verulamium – The Birds.
In 2018 our stunning production of These Bridges showed everyone what could be accomplished with commitment and teamwork and our second open-air show at the Roman Theatre, Are We Connected? was a huge success.
We have two groups – the first for school years 8,9 and 10 (meeting 4.30pm-6.15pm), and the second for school years 11,12 and 13 (meeting 6.15pm-8pm).
Come and give it a free trial – just click the relevant class below, or call or email us! There is no audition, but entry is subject to availability.
What a wonderful world it is for the very young – every day filled with new sights, sounds and experiences. Bestbeans helps develop in your child the skills needed to make the most of them.
Bestbeans are classes from Best Theatre Arts for babies and toddlers in St Albans and offer the best start for your child – a brilliant new way to begin their voyage through childhood with growing self-esteem, easy sociability and a good sense of fun.
First Class is a gentle introduction to communications skills and performance from Best Theatre Arts. Learning through play and experience is vital and your child will have the chance to try things out in an atmosphere of fun and support. Of course not all the children are comfortable with performance – indeed many are initially nervous or shy. But it is amazing how quickly that changes as we help them grow the confidence to move forward.
It’s a place for making new friends, building confidence and having a fantastic time – a safe, friendly and dynamic atmosphere where even the most timid child will feel able to join in. And perhaps the best recommendation comes from the number of children who come back to our holiday courses year after year. No experience is necessary, and there are no auditions. Every week is different so children can come to as many as they like.
If you are looking for drama classes, acting training or the whole range of performing arts for the theatre in Hertford or St Albans, there’s no better place to start than Best Theatre Arts.
Best’s core course features an hour each of acting/drama, singing and dancing on a Friday or Saturday.
Best Youth Theatre (aka TheBYTE) is creative, re-inventive, challenging and progressive – a well-established, dynamic young people’s theatre company in St Albans.
Based at The Maltings Arts Theatre in St Albans, We build confidence and skills in a supportive, friendly and open environment in which all the group feel able to give things a go. And, most of all, we have FUN! TheBYTE is part of Best Theatre Arts, St.Albans’ leading independent theatre school for young people and is run by Lisa Schulberg, principal of Best School of Acting.
Best’s LAMDA classes have achieved truly remarkable results- we are delighted that so far we have achieved a 100% pass rate – the vast majority (over 90%) at either Merit or Distinction!
We offer expert tuition to all grades of LAMDA examination. Each grading takes a course of eight 20 minute classes and there’s a huge variety of performance skills you can choose to explore – acting, devising, reading, musical theatre – either individually, with a friend or in larger groups.
If you’re looking for a way for your children (aged 6 to 16) to burn off some energy, improve their confidence, meet new friends and have some fun, look no further than our fantastic holiday courses that run during the school holidays from 10am-4pm daily, usually Monday to Friday. A Best Theatre Arts holiday workshop is not just a drama class, a singing class or a dancing class – it is a place for making new friends, building confidence and having a fantastic time – a safe, friendly and dynamic atmosphere where even the most timid child will feel able to join in. And perhaps the best recommendation comes from the number of children who come back to our holiday courses year after year. No experience is necessary, and there are no auditions.
Best School of Acting is an entirely new concept in children’s part-time theatre training – a term time course offering professional training to young people interested in advancing their acting and drama skills. Based in St.Albans, the three-hour weekly sessions on term-time Saturday afternoons (2pm-5pm) are purely based around drama and performance.
Best shortlisted for award!
October 12, 2018
We are delighted to announce that Best Theatre Arts has been shortlisted for the Hertfordshire Business of The Year Award for Corporate Social Responsibility! We’re thrilled that this should happen in our 20th anniversary year. The winner will be announced on 22 November so fingers crossed, but it’s a huge honour to be shortlisted so… Read more »
August 13, 2018
3 weeks of brilliant shows performed by the nicest groups of children we’ve ever had! It’s been an absolute pleasure. Now we are looking forward to seeing everyone again in September. Have a lovely summer break everyone!
The Beast beats Best!
March 2, 2018
The awful state of the roads means there will be no Best, Best School of Acting or First Class classes tomorrow (Saturday 3rd March). For those with LAMDA classes prior to exams on Sunday we have made special arrangements.