Congratulations go to Emma Smithurst (Beard) who has successfully auditioned for Aesops Theatre Company. She will be touring for a year with them with leading roles in nine different plays! Well done Emma a fantastic achievement! Also Congratulations to Martin Woodhams who has been selected for a featured role in a new TV series for The Crime and Investigation Channel.

Congratulations to everyone selected to take part in A VOICE IN MILLION Concert at the O2 in January next year. Some pupils have already taken part in recording sessions at Shepperton Studios and a few lucky Biz pupils were surprised to get a visit from the X factor finalists who turned up to show their support.

Congratulations also go to all the Biz pupils who have been filming a new series Copycats for CBBC. Also to Fern Dolphin who has successfully auditioned for the new CBBC TV show Roboidz.

Congratulations also to Chloe Elliott, Joe Hough and Tom Orme who were selected to perform in the award winning production of An Inspector Calls at The New Victoria Theatre, Woking this April.


The Biz Theatre School and their agency Biz Management is delighted to announce a new series of one-off workshops aimed at older students and those serious about a career in the performing arts. We will have also have some exciting guest teachers including some special audition and musical theatre workshops with top casting directors. Contact us for more details about the agency and forthcoming workshops: email us for more details.

BIZ STUDENTS STAR IN NEW FILM. Congratulations go to Will Southey and Amelia Farquharson who have just been filming roles in a new film Imaginary Dad.  Will plays the lead role of Matt and Amelia plays the supporting role of Susie. Both have been invited to attend the premiere later in the year. The Director Simon Green remarked how professional and natural the Biz children were, especially as Amelia is only 6.

Congratulations go to Tom Orme who has just been cast in the lead in a new short film My Friend Malcolm.

Congratulations go to two of our students who have been offered West End roles, Indeera Shankla who is currently playing the role of
Nala in The West End production of The Lion King and Tristan Semon-Ward who has won the role of Gavroche in The West End production of Les Miserables. Tristan Semon-Ward, aged eight, will fill the well-worn shoes of Gavroche, the heroic street urchin, in the Queen’s Theatre’s production of Les Miserables. Tristan, said The Biz was to thank for much of his success. He said: “I just like acting so much. I don’t know how I got started but I like The Biz because I really enjoy acting and singing and dancing. They are all of my hobbies.”


Meanwhile fellow leading light of The Biz Theatre School Indeera Shankla, 12, is playing the young cub Nala in a production of The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. “I was really excited when I heard I was in The Lion King. It was a great opportunity for me to be in another West End musical — two years ago I was in The Far Pavilions at the Shaftesbury Theatre.”

A very successful year for The Biz Theatre School has been rounded off with a stream of the school’s students being featured on TV. We are approached on a regular basis to put forward students for both live and recorded features on the BBC and commercial television. Earlier this year, two pupils were chosen to appear in the new series of Vroom Vroom.

Another call to the school’s appointed agent resulted in two students being selected to appear in a new TV advert for the RSPCA. Recently, 5 more Biz students appeared live on CBBC Xchange in a challenging feature where they had to learn classical singing with Opera singer Katherine Jenkins and beat-box with Jay Sean and perform live at the end of the programme. Needless to say the students rose to the challenge and we had a great day at the BBC. Other students also appeared on BBC’s Xchange programme and The Mysti Show.

The Biz Theatre School once again appeared at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End in December having been asked to take a starring role in the Childrens Variety Performance.