ICTheatre Academy

ICTheatre Academy (formally BRICTT Academy) meets on a Saturday morning from 10am – 2pm.  We are the Saturday Academy for the Institute of Contemporary Theatre in Brighton.

ICTheatre Academy provides accessible, affordable and professional Musical Theatre training in all aspects of Performing Arts for students from 8-16years in Brighton and surrounding areas.

With a maximum of 20 in a class, our students take part in 4 classes each Saturday in drama, acting, musical theatre and contemporary vocals with specialist and qualified tutors in each area. Our Academy is split into 4 age groups and rotates every 55 mins with a short break for lunch in the middle. You do not need any previous experience to take part in our Saturday Academy just enthusiasm and commitment.

Children will gain a wealth of experience from each subject, giving them versatility within the performing arts industry. Whether your children are doing it for fun, or wish to seriously develop their talents, her at ICTheatre Academy every child matters and we aim to help fulfil every child’s potential.

As well as our Saturday school ICTheatre also runs a Summer School in Brighton where students enjoy the experience with many coming back year after year and going on to train on our Further Education course for 16-18 year olds and Degree courses for 18+.

Junior ICTheatre Academy

4-7 years
10am – 11.30am

Our enthusiastic multi-talented teacher works with the children for the whole morning and the children enjoy 30 minutes of each subject with our experienced and professional teacher. The dance session helps accelerate co-ordination and balance through movement and funky dance routines. Vocal warm-ups and techniques help the children engage with their speech and vocal sounds, whilst the drama session develops their confidence, working with stories, poems and expression. Our Junior Academy offers a super introduction to the world of performing arts.


Term Dates 2020

Term 1 Term 2 Holiday Dates
11th January – 15th February 29th February – 4th April 22nd February
25th April – 23rd May 6th June – 18th July 11th & 18th April
30th May

Fee Information

Termly fee for ICTheatre Academy
£300.00 for 12 weeks of tuition (This can be paid via direct debit)
Includes a T-shirt

Concessionary Rate
£210 per term (proof of disability and/or unemployment is required)

Sibling Discount
10% off for siblings of existing students

Termly fee for ICTheatre Junior Academy
£120 for 12 weeks of tuition


Safeguarding Policies

At ICTheatre Academy the wellbeing and safety of our students is our utmost priority. All our Academy staff are subject to an enhanced DBS check and receive safeguarding training and advice.


Meet the Team

Emma Edwards

Emma Edwards

ICTheatre Academy Principal
Professional theatre credits include playing Madame Giry in ‘Phantom of the Opera’ in the West End at Her Majesty’s Theatre London and on the National Tour. Emma covered and played the role of Norma Desmond on the National Tour of ‘Sunset Boulevard’ and was the alternate Countess in ‘Gambler’ Monchengladbach, Germany. Playing numerous roles in ‘Sweeney Todd’ at the Bridewell Theatre, London, she went on to sing in the 20th Anniversary concert performance of ‘Sweeney Todd’ at the Royal Festival Hall.

Emma currently teaches at ICTheatre Institute for Contemporary Theatre and is the Principal for the ICTheatre Academy.

Mia Longman

Mia Longman

Dance Tutor

“Hello I’m Mia and I am the dance tutor at ICT Academy. My classes aim to enhance dance technique, familiarity with different styles, choreography pick up skills and confidence building. I cover a range of dance styles that change frequently throughout the term, in the hope that the pupils become as diverse as possible and perhaps find a dance that they really connect to. These main genres being musical theatre, contemporary, hip hop and commercial.

As a dancer and theatregoer myself I feel that storytelling, as well as good technique, is absolutely essential for dance. It’s what takes a piece of dance to the next level. So performance and narrative are elements that the pupils will hear a lot of in my classes.

Whether your child is at a beginner or advanced level, the class is fundamentally about trying something new and having fun.”

Charlotte O'Connor

Charlotte O’Connor

Vocal Tutor

Charlotte is an award-winning musician, songwriter and performing artist (Exposure Music Award’s Best Overall Act & Best Rock Act 2011) (Amazing Radio’s Best Rock Act) (The David Thomas Award 2017) She has had airplay all over including BBC Intro South, BBC6 Music and has shared a stage with Hazel O’Connor (her auntie), The Subways & The Buzzcocks.

Her last single was a pop/neo-soul mix which was released via a successful crowdfunding campaign. She brings her experience in the world of popular/contemporary music into this session in a fun, encouraging way, exploring ways to aid her students in finding their own voice and liberate themselves through the power of music.

In these sessions so far students have progressed their skills in harmony work, mic technique, pitching, breathing technique, performance skill, timing and songwriting.

Harry Newman

Harry Newman

Musical Theatre Tutor

Harry Studied Musical Theatre in Manchester earning a Degree and since then he’s continued learning and gained two Diplomas, one in MT Performance and one in Teaching MT and Voice.

Musical Theatre has always been a passion for Harry since a young age and he jumps at any opportunity to discuss it.  In his classes, the children will take the skills they’ve learnt in the other three classes and bring them together to create ensemble pieces from the vast musical repertoire emphasising teamwork and storytelling in an energy-filled classroom.

Summer School

Saturday 25th July – Thursday 30th July 2020
£150 for 6 days

Our summer spectacular, Broadway and Beyond, brings together singing, acting and dancing through four famous Broadway shows. Broadway and Beyond are led by industry professionals and combine talent with fun in a week of workshops in preparation for a performance at The Old Market Brighton.


Additional Saturday Classes


Beginners Ballet 

£4 per session payable in 6 weekly sessions.

For those Academy students who wish to improve on their dance skills, this is the class for you.  Ballet is the foundation for all dance.  Focusing on strength, flexibility, core stability and discipline.


The Circus Project

Fee £5 per hour payable in 6 weekly sessions.

The Circus Project runs an extremely popular Youth Circus Programme for children aged 7+. Students have the opportunity to explore a range of aerial equipment including Silks loop and Hoop as well as ground-based activities, juggling, hula hoop and acrobatics. These sessions encourage students to build strength, flexibility, coordination and confidence in a supportive, fun and non-competitive environment.

Please wear suitable clothing for hanging upside down ie: leotard, leggings, vest, t-shirt. No shorts or clothing with zips, please.