Born in 2016, Sorelle London Academy opened it's doors for the first time and immediately made an impact setting the tone to become one of the most successful, young and current theatre schools on the market.

Sorelle Academy is founded by sisters Rachel and Jessica Simmons, who both have a collective passion for performing arts. They share an array of professional experiences from West End musicals, European tours, cruise ships, television and commercials.

Since both graduating from the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, the duo wish to pass on their knowledge of show business to young stars who are looking to learn and expand their craft in the performing arts industry.

 

SLA teaches children from 3-16 years in all aspects of performing arts from jazz, street dance, musical theatre, acting and singing.

At Sorelle, we offer one-on-one private coaching along with annual performances in theatres, holiday clubs and workshops with casting directors and well known choreographers.

We pride ourselves on giving the children professional, enjoyable training and a place where they will build great friendships and make memories to last a lifetime.

MEET THE TEAM

Rachel Simmons
Director, Co Founder, Dance Teacher

Studied at: The Italia Conti Academy.

Three best words to describe yourself: Hardworking, Passionate, Funny.

What accomplishment are you most proud of? 

Creating Sorelle Academy and seeing the school blossom.

What's the most courageous thing you've ever done?

Im petrified of needles, so does a blood test count?

What is your favourite place you've travelled to?

I worked as a lead singer for Costa Cruises & other touring productions so i've fortunately had the opportunity to travel a lot. It's hard to pick a favourite but Italy has my heart.

What's your dream job?

To be an X factor judge.

If you could have any super power what would it be and why?

The power to stop time to avoid being late for anything!!

Why do you love working at Sorelle Academy?

I know I'm biast, but I adore working at Sorelle Academy. Sorelle is run by my sister and I and we are one big family here! Sorelle is a place where the children can express themselves creatively and we create a warm, friendly and safe environment for them to do that.

Jessica Simmons

Director, Co Founder, Dance Teacher

 

Studied at: The Italia Conti Academy.

Three best words to describe yourself: Fun, Energetic and Happy.

What accomplishment are you most proud of? 

Touring the world with the smash hit musical "The Bodyguard" and of course opening Sorelle Academy.

What's the most courageous thing you've ever done?

Living in Germany on my own for 18 months.

What is your favourite place you've travelled to?

It has to be Japan. I was there for 6 weeks and got to enjoy the culture and see some amazing places.

What's your dream job?

The dream was always to have a theatre school with my sisters and we are very lucky to have made our dream a reality.

If you could have any super power what would it be and why?

I would like to fly, so I can fly through traffic jams.

Why do you love working at Sorelle Academy?

Sorelle Academy is a place where children can come to express themselves freely and creatively. Watching our students grow in confidence each week makes all the hard work behind the scenes worth it. My sister and I run the school and working with my family means everything.

Rob Metson

Head of Drama

 

Studied at: Lamda & London School of Musical Theatre.

Three best words to describe yourself: Hardworking, Precise, Kind.

What accomplishment are you most proud of? 

Playing Claude in the 50th anniversary production of HAIR.

What's the most courageous thing you've ever done?

A bungee jump.

What is your favourite place you've travelled to?

India.

What's your dream job?

Film director, writer & producer of my own work.

If you could have any super power what would it be and why?

Telekinesis - because I wouldn't have to get up from watching the telly to get a bag of crisps.

Why do you love working at Sorelle Academy?

The people. I've worked at a few stage schools and the kids and staff here are the friendliest and nicest bunch!!

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Zac Cooke

Head of Singing

Studied at: London School of Musical Theatre.

Three best words to describe yourself: Silly, Driven. Motivational.

What accomplishment are you most proud of? 

Running a successful photography business.

What's the most courageous thing you've ever done?

I've defended a tribe from a pack of wild lions. Oh no, I dreamt that! Parachuting off a mountain, now that wasn't a dream.

What is your favourite place you've travelled to?

Waiheke Island, New Zealand.

What's your dream job?

A Hollywood film, something with depth and meaning. Although, I wouldn't mind staring as Spider Man.

If you could have any super power what would it be and why?

Teleportation - No more commutes and you could see the world in a blink of an eye.

Why do you love working at Sorelle Academy?

What's not to love?! The children come wanting to learn. They are kind to each other and create a safe environment to learn and practise their skills. The creative team make me feel valued as a teacher and teach the staff and students with equal respect.

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