Lots of drama as Stagecoach principal Miriam Leary-White celebrates 10 years
A passionate drama teacher who set up Stagecoach Performing Arts Bishop’s Stortford six years ago has celebrated her 10th anniversary as the institution’s principal.
Miriam Leary-White started off inspiring burgeoning young actors in Harlow but, in 2013, the married mother-of-one moved the franchise to Stortford and it now accommodates more than 200 students throughout various weekly classes held at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Great Hadham Road and the Charis Centre in Water Lane.
As a long-standing member of the Stagecoach family, Miriam began her training in the performing arts when she joined Stagecoach Harpenden aged 10.
She then started her teaching journey by helping in Hertfordshire schools before moving to India, where she taught salsa in Delhi and Mumbai. On returning to the UK, Miriam obtained a degree in musical theatre from the prestigious Guildford School of Acting, whilst furthering her experience as an early stages teacher at Stagecoach Chertsey in Surrey.
Miriam, who lives in St Albans, now leads a team of teachers to coach young actors, dancers and singers aged two to 21. To mark the 10-year milestone, the troupe have hosted a number of celebratory events and shows.
Miriam said: “It’s an honour to have been principal of Stagecoach Bishop’s Stortford for 10 years, teaching such amazing students and watching them grow and develop during their time at the school, fostering creative courage for life.
“I am privileged to work with a great team of teachers who are really dedicated to the students, who in turn are passionate about our classes.”
Stagecoach Performing Arts Bishop’s Stortford is part of a network of more than 2,000 extra-curricular performing arts schools worldwide. Visit www.stagecoach.co.uk/bishopsstortford or call 01279 905 670 to find out more.