"Esther, can I just say a huge thank you. Our Joseph came home absolutely buzzing yesterday. Your drama club has made a massive difference to his confidence. I am so delighted. He now has his own special talent and he is always excited whenever Tuesdays come around. You must have worked so hard on the excellent perfomance yesterday, the students were a credit."

Dramaworkshop Parent


Dramaworkshop is a weekly Stourbridge based drama school for young people aged (7-18) and adults (18-100) whose aim is to inspire and develop confidence, creativity and imagination. It is a place where people can come to have fun, make friends and learn about the art of performing. Our projects are diverse and exciting covering all mediums of drama enabling our members to gain experience in theatre, television, radio and film. 


Although we are not a casting centre, due to Dramaworkshops contacts within the industry, there are opportunities for auditions and castings in television, theatre, film and radio. We have recently had members cast in lead roles in BBC’s ‘Line of Duty’ and ‘Doctors’.


Dramaworkshop gives invaluable training and life skills whatever direction and career path they choose to take. Drama enables people to express themselves articulately, improves self esteem and teaches the importance of teamwork.

Dramaworkshop gives children, young people and adults a safe, encouraging and creative environment to express themselves and helps them achieve their potential. It gives them opportunity

"Incredible place, with incredible people and amazing opportunities. The most talented, experienced and inspiring tutors. Honestly the reason why so many of the student go off and do bigger and better things, because of the immense support system. The transferable skills learnt like improvisation are helpful in industry and everyday life, for confidence building and social interaction. Overall a great learning atmosphere and platform for confidence building. Nothing but praise and gratitude."


Corran, ex Dramaworkshop member


From success stories about our students and team to lesson updates and events, our news section makes it easy for you to stay informed about the latest happenings at Dramaworkshop. Read the latest stories below.

Summer 2020

 In the summer we are fortunate to have the BAFTA winning workshop leader and director IAN SMITH coming in to run a session with each of our groups. With over 30 years of experience Ian's reputation is unparalleled within the industry. Amongst many others he has trained OSCAR/BAFTA/GOLDEN GLOBE winners and nominees including VICKY McLURE, SAMANTHA MORTON and JACK O"CONNELL.

Spring 2019

The BFI funded film 'RAY AND LIZ', starring 2 of our Dramaworkshop members, headed off to the film festivals and was very excitingly shortlisted for a BAFTA for OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A WRITER, DIRECTOR or PRODUCER.                                                    It is now on release in the cinemas.                                    

                Greg starring in Line of Duty

Dramaworkshop assistant director, and former Dramaworkhop member himself, GREGORY PIPER can currently be seen as a member of the OCG is series 5 of LINE OF DUTY. Greg plays Ryan Pilkington, who was also a prominent character in series 1. We are delighted to see Greg back on our screens and see if he's still as horrible this time as he was last time round.                                

Greg is on the right hand side of the above photgraph standing next to STEPHEN GRAHAM.



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             LINE OF DUTY SERIES 5

"I attended Dramaworkshop for four years before moving to London to formally train at a top drama school. Dramaworkshop gave me the confidence and the skills to get me to where I am now. During my time there, I formed close bonds with the staff and fellow work shoppers which allowed me to grow and develop in a safe and fun space. The progress I and others around me made in short spaces of time was always a delight to watch and be part of. I made friends for life, my confidence grew in social situations, and now I’m following my dream of becoming a professional Actor. I cannot thank Dramaworkshop enough!"

Charlotte, ex Dramaworkshop member



AGES 7-10

Our junior sessions run for 90 minutes and cover improvisation, drama games and performances in theatre, radio and film. This group is also benefits from special guest tutors.

Sessions run term time only.



AGES 11-18

Each session for our older groups runs for 2 hours and covers improvisation, drama games, writing, directing and performances in theatre, radio and film. These groups also benefit from special guest tutors.

Sessions run term time only.




In January 2020 we began an adult group for anyone aged 18-100.


Each session runs for 2 hours and covers improvisation, drama games, different styles of acting, developing/writing/directing, performances in theatre, radio and film. This group also benefits from special guest tutors.


Whether you are an actor looking to keep your hand in or someone who has never acted before, everyone is welcome.


The cost of these classes is £168.00 per 12 week term. Sessions run term time only.




"Dramaworkshop is the best quality in drama training that any child or teenager will experience. The professionalism throughout is of the highest standard. This is all due to the founder Esther Stanford, her passion and drive is why drama workshop is so successful. She and her staff have years of experience working in theatre, directing and television to make this the top drama training for any young person interested in acting. I would highly recommend Esther and her team to any parent wanting to give their child the best start. Outstanding not only for performance but anyone struggling with self esteem issues."



Director and Founder

Dramaworkshop was founded in 2010 by Esther Stanford a mother of 2 and a professional actress/writer/director/producer with over 30 years of experience (she started very young!) who learned her craft at the renowned ITV/CENTRAL JUNIOR TELEVISION WORKSHOP.


Esther has a very varied career as an actress working in all the different mediums. Television shows she has starred in over the years include EASTENDERS, DOCTORS, HEARTBEAT, THE BILL. Theatre performances include RSC THE SWAN THEATRE STRATFORD and THE EDINBURGH FRINGE. She has also starred in the lead role of 2 award-winning films.


As a playwright, Esther has had 2 plays performed at the BIRMINGHAM REPERTORY THEATRE. In 2019 her new play, ABOUT JACK, was performed in Birmingham (MAC), Nottingham and London (NEW DIORAMA, REGENTS PLACE). This autumn it is being performed again. Tour dates to be announced shortly. The play stars ESTHER, REBECCA FULLER, GREGORY PIPER and MELANIE HAMILTON. As a screenwriter, she currently has  2 television shows in different stages of production and just shot her first short LEAP, starring BAFTA nominated and RTS winning star of THE DUMPING GROUND, KIA PEGG.


Having worked in theatre, television, radio and film Esther feels a need to give back some of the wonderful experiences that she had during her ITV Workshop days and help children with a passion and interest in drama to achieve their potential and have fun!





 Tim is one of the best directors you could wish to meet. Having trained at ITV WORKSHOP (alongside Esther) Tim went on to work as an actor for many years appearing on TV, in films and on stage. He has just finished as the head of drama at Oldswinford Hospital School and is the Principal of Pauline Quirke Academy Edgbaston. He is an exceptional director and really knows how to bring out an actors performance. With 30 years of experience under his belt (like Esther, he started very young!) he is a huge asset to Dramaworkshop.


Assistant Director

After cutting her teeth at Dramaworkshop Rebecca has gone on to have a fabulous career. Starring in C4’s RAISED BY WOLVES, presenting at THE SKILLS SHOW at the NIA and taking lead roles in theatre productions up and down the country in plays including THE CRUCIBLE and CLOSER. With Gregory, she is currently Rufus Norris' Ambassador for NATIONAL THEATRE Tour of MACBETH.


Assistant Director

GREG CAN CURRENTLY BE SEEN IN LINE OF DUTY SERIES 5 AS RYAN PILKINGTON, A MEMBER OF THE OCG.                             Greg also cut his teeth at Dramaworkshop and has a tremendous amount of experience under his belt already. Appearing in a prominent role in LINE OF DUTY (series 1) and in BBC 1 drama FRANKIE he also has a huge amount of stage experience performing up and down the country as the lead in shows varying from SPRING AWAKENING to COMEDY OF ERRORS. Along with Rebecca, he is currently Rufus Norris' Ambassador for NATIONAL THEATRE Tour of MACBETH.

Esther is a talented and passionate teacher who infuses her students with this same energy and allows them to experience a wide range of acting projects. 
My son has not only developed practical skills, discipline, in both his acting and everyday life, but has also found a great role model and supporter in Esther.

Dramaworkshop Parent

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AGES 7-10


The cost of this class is £108.00 per term - 12 x 90 minute classes. 

Everyone is entitled to 1 free taster session before they commit. Please contact us for details.

Payments must be made in full at the beginning of term or, alternatively, can be paid in 2 instalments. 

AGES 11-18


The cost of this class is £132.00 per term - 12 x 2 hour classes. Classes run term time only.

Everyone is entitled to 1 free taster session before they commit. Please contact us for details.

Payments must be made in full at the beginning of term or, alternatively, can be paid in 2 instalments.




Each term we award the "Maurice Martin Scholarship' to a young member (7-18) of Dramaworkshop we feel is deserving of recognition.


This award is given in memory of Esther's grandfather who had desperately wanted to act but who, due to circumstance, was unable to pursue his dream.

"When I joined Dramaworkshop, I was a shell of myself, totally shy and unconfident. But within a just a term of being there, I felt myself change for the better. Dramaworkshop is a fantastic place to help young people's confidence grow, whether that be in performance skills or as a person. It has endless fun games, improv sessions, and creative opportunities for young people to get involved in including filming, live performances and script work. The tutors at Workshop have all had experience within the acting and performing industry so offer great advice and directing, along with creating a great supportive environment that many students feel they can open up to. Dramaworkshop is also a great place to meet new people and make friends, I know I've found friends for life at Dramaworkshop, ones I now socialise with regularly.
I owe a lot of who I am to Dramaworkshop I enjoyed every minute of being there."


Neve, ex Dramaworkshop member


Chawn Hill Church, Chawn Hill, Stourbridge DY9 7JD

07588 454083

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