Dance, Drama & Singing in York

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  North

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. 


Meg  Owen-Smith


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Meg has competed in Ballet, Freestyle and Musical Theatre styles in competitions all over the Yorkshire area and holds a Musical Theatre diploma.

She has performed in professional productions such as Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. Recently you might have seen her on stage in Les MiserablesThe Addams Family Musical and The Wizard of Oz at The Grand Opera House.


Sam  Hird



Sam has worked with many theatre companies as a teacher, singer, actor, musician and even set-builder.

With Pick Me Up Theatre Co. he has played leading roles including Jean Valjean in Les Miserables,

Anthony in Sweeney Todd, The Balladeer in Assassins and Freddie Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady.



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!