About Fresh Arts

We work with highly trained professional artists and educators to deliver our bespoke syllabus in Speech and Drama, Dance and Movement, Singing and Music and Art and Design. Our programmes of work for PPA cover, school clubs and our weekend Theatre Schools are expertly created and popular with schools, parents and most importantly children.

We have a three-strand approach to our work. The first is our work in schools and nurseries. We provide PPA cover in music, drama, dance and art and children can participate as part of the school day, which imbeds the arts into their education and strengthens their engagement with their topics through an integrated approach to learning. We also provide after school clubs in all arts subjects. We also have our unique early years programme for nurseries called Fresh Arts Tiny Frogs which are drama and dance sessions designed to help the very youngest children grow in confidence and creativity.

The second way that children can participate is to join one of our weekend theatre schools or annual holiday camps. Each week at Fresh Arts Theatre School children do speech and drama, dance and movement and singing and music and work towards an end of term show. Children also take annual LAMDA and LCM exams and do their Arts Awards and can join our professional acting agency. Our children have performed for national commercials, TV, theatre and feature films.

Davinia Khan

Prinicpal & Artistic Director
Fresh Arts was founded by Davinia Khan who trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. Davinia founded Fresh Arts Theatre School because she believes that there is a need for high quality but affordable theatre training for children in the London area.

Davinia is an actress and has done extensive work for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Young Vic Theatre, The Arcola Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, Northampton Royal and Derngate Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Northern Stage and Granada Television.

Davinia has developed all of the programmes and the syllabus at Fresh Arts Theatre School to build the confidence, creativity and skills of every child.

Pierre Khan

Managing Director & Co-Founder
Pierre is a Co-Founder and the Managing Director for Fresh Arts. Pierre has a management background and is a very practical, hands on person with a great vision for the future of Fresh Arts.

Pierre is passionate about the arts, theatre and most of all helping young people and adults to reach their full potential. His aim is to ensure the classes are accessible and to give a wide range of opportunities at an affordable price so that every child can participate.

Grace Collins

Team Leader and Head of Dance Programming.
Grace trained at Urdang Academy with a BA (Hons) in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre, graduating in 2014. Growing up in Birmingham, Grace competed in Dance and Singing festivals from a young age, nationally as well as training as a dance teacher in International Dance Teacher’s Association (IDTA) with her local dance school. Whilst attaining top A-Level grades in Drama, Dancing and English Literature, Grace began teaching dance until she left to move to London to pursue a career Musical Theatre.

In 2011, Grace started teaching at Fresh Arts as a Drama, Dance and Singing Teacher. Her credits include ‘The One Show’ (2011), ‘Strictly Come dancing’ (2012), ‘Little shop of horrors’ as “Audrey” (2014), ‘X Factor’ (2015), ‘Take Me Out’ (2016). Since then, Grace has pursued a career in Primary Teaching incorporating all of the performance skills that she has gained over the years as well as becoming a Team leader for Fresh Arts Harlesden and The Head of Dance Programming.

Essie Laugharne

Head of Music Programming and Development
Essie is our senior practitioner and head of music programming and development at Fresh Arts Theatre School.

Essie was raised in Perth, Western Australia, and relocated to the Gold Coast in 2012 to study a Bachelor of Popular Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. She also began teaching as a guitar and vocal teacher at Livingstone Christian College in 2012, through to the end of her degree in 2014.

Essie moved to London in 2015 to continue to pursue her career in music performance and songwriting, and began teaching at Fresh Arts Theatre School in February 2015. She has since taught singing, music and drama across London as part of the Fresh Arts team, and became a Team Leader in 2016. Outside of her teaching life, Essie also performs extensively across London with her trio, and records and releases original music under the artist name ESSIE.

  Jenine Clarke

Primary Consultant
Jenine has been working as a primary school teacher for 10 years. She is now the Key Stage 1 Manager at Old Oak Primary School. Jenine holds responsibilities such as planning and delivering staff meetings, updating policies, organising clubs, and delivering inset days and training. Jenine consults with Fresh Arts on developing our cross curricular approach and in particular supporting science and maths through the arts as she has been a whole school science co-ordinator for two years and maths co-ordinator for five years.

Jenine enjoys working with Fresh Arts as art in education is important because it encompasses all the developmental domains in child development. Participating in the arts lends itself to physical development and the enhancement of fine and gross motor skills in children and helps students to develop tolerance and empathy. For instance, when kids work with clay, they fine-tune their muscle control in their fingers which in turn helps with writing. In addition to this Drama can be used to great effect in small groups to help with challenging behaviour and lack of focus as the children have a chance to develop confidence and express themselves through role play and hot-seating

Nadeira Khan

Early Years Consultant
Nadeira Khan has a first class degree in Psychology from Roehampton University. She then qualified as an outstanding early years teacher. Nadeira has a passion for the arts and believes arts education gives children the freedom to explore and develop a sense of adventure with rich experiences that actively engage children. Nadeira has her own business creating sensory resources for children to play, learn and develop and ensures fresh arts programmes are fully supporting the early years curriculum.

Our Teachers

Our teachers are hand-picked and highly trained professionals.

  • All teachers have an enhanced DBS.
  • All teachers are fully insured.
  • All teachers carry out termly assessments and provide a detailed class report.
  • All lesson plans are provided by our staff.
  • All teachers work in partnership with your school to create sessions that promote a cross curricular approach to learning.
  • Termly observations carried out by our senior staff on all of our teachers, ensuring a high- quality provision.
  • All teachers attend training provided three times per year by Fresh Arts Education ensuring CPD and outstanding provision.