A spring academy groupBest Theatre Arts is a multi-award-winning Hertfordshire-based part-time performing arts school – so acting, singing and/or dancing lie at the core of everything we do.

We offer classes in term-time and in holidays to young people and adults aimed at building confidence, developing technique, making new friends and, most importantly of all, having fun!


  • To offer the best theatre arts training possible
  • To provide a safe, caring, relaxed and fun environment where children have the opportunity to be themselves, to realise their individual potential and to be the best they can be
  • To build a relationship with each student and their parents, and to provide them with attention tailored to their needs
  • To treat all students equally
  • To deliver excellence in every area
  • A Night at the OscarsThese haven’t changed since we started in 1998!

We treasure our unrivalled reputation for the quality of the training and pastoral care that we provide –and we often hear that schools have noticed a marked difference in children who have attended Best.

Our teachers set us apart. We work with industry teachers – professionals who know how to put across their experince, not simply ‘resting’ performers. All have excellent references, and have been fully police checked.

The Boy Preference

We are also OFSTED registered and able to accept Childcare Vouchers towards our fees.

Our term-time and holiday schools take place inside in venues that have been carefully selected for the quality of facilities, security and location.

A word from Best’s founders, Annette & David…

We started Best back in 1998. We are both ex-theatre professionals with considerable drama teaching experience and we wanted to create a school that we would want our own kids to attend – a safe place where opportunities are equal, where children treated with total respect and allowed to be their true selves and where quality and care was at the heart of everything. We can happily say all this has been achieved. And while we are still both heavily involved, we were thrilled when Lisa Schulberg took on the Artistic Director’s role to carry the flag forwards.

Annette & David - 2015

We are proud of what Best has become, and want to share it with everyone who is associated with us. If you want to experience the unique buzz that Best creates, come and see us in action – we look forward to welcoming you!

Annette Holland & David Bevan

From 3 months to 5 years,
a fabulous introduction to performance

Acting, singing, dancing, fun and friendship
for ages 6 to adult

Technique, stagecraft, confidence & performance
for ages 8 to adult

Skills in front and behind the lens
for ages 11 upwards