Activate your Potential


Activate design and deliver DYNAMIC, CREATIVE & INSPIRING performance classes. We teach Acting, Singing & Dance Classes for the young stars of the North East. Through this we instil confidence in all students by nurturing each child’s individual potential. One of the most direct benefits is that this develops self-belief and increases each child’s confidence in their performance and communication abilities. All these skills will grow with your child and help them thrive in the wider world. At Activate we encourage every child to aspire to be the best they can be and activate their full potential.

Our team!

Louise & Patrick Rimmington-Kane

Company Directors

Louise graduated from De Montfort University with a BA Hons in Performing Arts, She then spent a number of years touring with professional Theatre companies and performing in shows in both the UK and Europe. Louise has performed and directed performances and Musicals in rep theatre. She has taught at many Theatres and Stage Schools before setting up Activate Theatre. She has used her professional experience and creative vision to establish and grow Activate  into an exciting and magical theatre experience for all the young performers of the North East. Louise is also a Trained Arts Award Advisor and oversees the Arts Award journey for the Activate Stars. 

Patrick studied Performing Arts at the University of Surrey. After graduating he worked for many touring theatre companies touring in the UK, Germany and Italy performing a wide range of material ranging from Shakespearean classics to modern musicals. Patricks real passion is writing and technical design and loves the platform that Activate gives him to demonstrate these art forms.

Charlotte Carfoot

Dance Teacher

Charlotte has many years of professional experience within the world of performing arts. She has graduated from Teesside University with a First Class Honours Dance Degree. She also achieved a Diploma in Performing Arts, and recently qualified as an Arts Award adviser with Activate Theatre. Charlotte has a passion for teaching and has taught an array of ages all the way from pre-school to adults.  

Carolyn Flanagan

Drama Teacher

Carolyn has worked in and performed in many Theatrical settings. She has taught the young stars of the North East for a number of years and has written, directed and devised a collections of outstanding shows. She continues to be an inspiration to our Activate Stars.

Peter Kerry Forbes

Dance Teacher

Peter Kerry-Forbes is a dance artist, actor and writer based in the North-East of England. He is a dance teacher with Activate Theatre, an Associate Artist / Core Ensemble member of State of Grace, and the Artistic Director of Not So Silent: Dance Theatre. In 2014 Peter came back to the North-East to continue training, teaching and creating his own work. Prior to this he has been performing around the UK and overseas in various stage productions, events, television programmes and feature / dance films. After graduating from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in 2012, with a BA (Hons) Dance (Performing Arts) degree

Isha Dubre

Mini/Rising & Shooting Stars Assistant/Office Administrator

Isha works for Activate in the office dealing with all enquiries and focusing on business development. Isha is the point of contact for all our Activate stars as she is there to welcome all students to their classes and deal with any enquiries parents may have. Isha also assists and teaches in all classes. She has a strong foundation in dance where she learnt Ballroom, Tap and Contemporary Dance. She has taken part in many productions including Little Shop of Horrors, Aladdin, Cinderella, Avenue Q and her most recent production of Alice in Wonderland.


Amy Frances Duggan

Assistant and Vocal Coach

Amy had the fantastic opportunity at the age of 10 to perform the role of ‘Debbie’ in Billy Elliot The Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London where her career in the Performing Arts began. She was then offered a Scholarship placement at a London full time Theatre School. She furthered her Musical Theatre studies at The BRIT School of Performing Arts, London and then onto KSA Trinity College London where she achieved a Professional Musical Theatre Performer qualification. She is now studying a BA Hons in Performing Arts.

What people have to say about us!

"Brilliant group, really well organised and structured with some really fun activities."
Amy Jefferson
"Have children in Twinkle and mini stars. Both children love the activities. I attend Twinkle Stars with my 2 year old and the session is well planned and filled to the max. The staff are so good with the little ones and create a lovely atmosphere. "
Phil Cooper

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07896 554555

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