We have years of experience in creating a professional, inspiring, yet safe and welcoming environment for the Jigsaw classes. One of the key elements in running an exciting school is finding the right teachers. We interview a lot of candidates so that we can find the best possible teachers for our classes. A Jigsaw teacher is somebody with a lot of energy, a real passion for performing and someone who loves working with children.
Most of our teachers work or have worked in the performing arts industry. We aim to have a range of professional performers and teachers in each of our schools. Some of our teachers dedicate 100% of their time to teaching and provide a consistent environment for the students’ learning. Some of our teachers are still performing so are around for a short time and then take off on tour with a west end production. These teachers keep the school fresh and up to date with all the latest choreography, techniques and ideas inspired by the current performing arts industry. It’s important that we provide children with an equal balance of the two to ensure that they gain the most out of their Jigsaw classes.
Whoever the teacher, we can certainly guarantee that at the heart of everything we do, is the individual child’s development. The children all have their own reasons and goals when they come to Jigsaw and we have to make sure we are meeting their needs. Whether the child wants to work towards a professional career in performing or they want to build confidence in other areas of their life, both are equally important to us.
We run two training sessions per year in central London which is compulsory for new teachers to attend and existing teachers come along now and then to brush up their skills. This ensures that our teachers are following the same structure when delivering their classes and therefore we keep our standards equally high across all of our schools.
Classes are also regularly inspected by Jigsaw head office management team to make sure standards remain high throughout the entire year.
To give you a taste of the kind of teachers we have at Jigsaw, here are a few that have been around for a while:
Audrey graduated with a BA in Dance from the University of North Carolina, USA. She also did a semester abroad at Middlesex University. Since living in London, Audrey has performed and choreographed for many dance companies. She has taught various dance styles to many age groups and is also a qualified Zumba Instructor and Cheerleading Coach.
Steven has worked at a number of Jigsaw venues since 2006, he currently teaches singing at Jigsaw Harrow and Hendon. Steven trained at the Mountview Academy for Theatre Arts where he gained a BA (Hons). Since graduating, he has been working as an actor/musician. Steven also teaches singing and drama throughout London and the Home Counties. He also works as an Artistic Director for Welling Arts Partnership.
Tammy has worked at Jigsaw Harrow for many years as a performing arts teacher. She trained at the RSAMD and the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. Her professional acting credits include "The Cazalets", "Strange" and "My Hero" for the BBC and work with the National Theatre. Tammy now directs for her own theatre company and in Higher Education and London drama schools. Tammy's teaching is wide and varied having taught children drama for well over a decade and she specialises in Drama and Music for the under 7s.
Lauren is the dance teacher in Jigsaw Balham and Jigsaw Croydon. Lauren recently graduated from Paul McCartney's Theatre School LIPA after studying a degree in Dance and Performing Arts. She has danced since the age of 5. Lauren now wishes to continue her 8 year teaching experience in London and follow a career in musical theatre.
As well as managing Jigsaw Croydon, Michael runs his own Jigsaw franchises in Wimbledon and Mitcham. He is also an actor and a cabaret artist. Michael's work has been produced at Trafalgar Studios, The Soho Theatre and on National Tours as well as having numerous other Theatre, TV and Film credits. He also teaches in schools, runs workshops and lectures at Universities and Colleges.
Amy worked for several years as a professional dancer and actor. Following this she worked as the Touring Dance Officer (National & International) for The English National Ballet. Alongside her work for Jigsaw, Amy now leads workshops and residencies for The Young Shakespeare Company. She writes and delivers creative workshops for the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, and for The Garden Classroom. Amy is also Co Artistic Director of The Secret Garden Theatre Project.