About Summer School

Summer School Team

The team that runs NODA Theatre Summer School is made up of volunteers who are elected by the NODA Council with support from a member of staff at Head Office.

Jacquie Stedman - Immediate Past President and Chairman of NODA Theatre Summer School
Sarah Osborne - School Director
Michael Hastilow - Chair of Trustees
Kay Rowan - Councillor for the South East
Les Smith - Councillor for the North East
Phil Barnet (co-opted)
Alex Berriman (co-opted)
Sarah Hall (co-opted)

Summer School Director

Sarah Osborne is an experienced and inspirational drama practitioner, director and writer who has been working within theatre, training and education (both mainstream and outside of school) for over 21 years. In addition to her freelance work she is artistic director of Yew Tree Arts Ltd and Yew Tree Youth Theatre.

Her work in the arts focuses on creating quality theatre and encompasses a vast range of productions of established plays in addition to the devising, writing and direction of innovative new works many of which are ensemble based.  At the heart of all of her productions is the search for truth, integrity and creative vision.  In her work within education and training she uses drama to develop creativity, confidence and communication all essential elements in successful learning. Her education work is driven by the same ambition of excellence and opportunities for all as her work in theatre. 

NODA Theatre Summer School has a valuable place in Sarah's heart - as a tutor for 10 years she recognises it's unique and vital place in the world of amateur theatre and is honoured to now have a central role in it's direction. 

History of NODA Theatre Summer School

The school has been in its present format since August 1998 when it was held at the University of Warwick.  Prior to that time there had actually been three schools, all on a different site:  The Technical School was in Winchester,  The Drama School was in Bristol and the Operatic School was in Ripon.  Each of these schools provided education to the highest standard for its students.  Following the unification of the Summer Schools, to become the NODA Theatre Summer School, it moved away from Warwick to Loughborough University where it remained for many years until moving back to the Conference Centre at Scarman House on the Warwick University Campus in 2011.

In 2017 the Summer School moved to Yarnfield Park in Stafford. The 2020 Summer School was due to be held at The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton - Walsall Campus, but will now go on-line as an e-School.

What students say... 
"I really hope I can come to Summer School again in the future as it was a truly fantastic experience. I learnt so much and made some lovely friends. I wish I'd attended years ago!"

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please send them to summerschool@noda.org.uk