About Us


 Our Vision


Tread The Boards is an independent performing arts school with a personal, friendly approach, based in York since 2006. Our aim is to increase the confidence of every child and young person in our classes, helping them to achieve their ambitions not only as performers but in every aspect of life.

We are proud to see our pupils progress through the classes, developing as confident individuals and performers and making lasting friendships. Many also appear in theatre productions and films – our local knowledge allows us to keep you informed of auditions and opportunities at the earliest opportunity.


Alison Morgan

Drama and Principal Teacher


Alison is a prize winning playwright and qualified secondary school teacher with many years of practical experience in directing, acting and production.

She combines her role at Tread The Boards with that of Artistic Director at Infinite Riches Acting Company, whose productions in 2017  include Jane Eyre, Nevermore and original play 7.20. 



Hayley Patrick

Hayley Patrick

Hayley Patrick-Copeland


Hayley has competed at national level in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Line, Latin, Ballroom and Contemporary dance styles, as well as performing in dance shows, cabarets, pantomime and musicals. She also runs her own Dance school, Evolution Dance. Hayley is an associate of IDTA and is the choreographer for York Light Youth, her most recent shows including  West Side Story and Barnum. 

More details can be found at www.evolutiondance.net


Kirsty Hughes


Kirsty is a recent music graduate from The University of York. Her passion for singing was hugely inspired by the musical theatre she grew up performing and listening to, and she has also been active in the jazz/contemporary music scene since moving to York. Kirsty regularly performs in recitals, weddings and functions in the York area as well as travelling to sing in Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir in London.


All staff have extensive practical backgrounds in the performing arts and are Enhanced DBS checked.

All of us regularly perform in stage productions, recitals and concerts in York and around the UK, believing that the best way of leading is by example!