Activate Theatre runs CREATIVE, FUN and INSPIRING Acting, Singing & Dance Classes for ages 4-18yrs. We are based in County Durham and run classes in the local area. We also offer a series of events and workshops within the community and for schools. Please view our events page for further details.


> Build Confidence

> Increase Performance, Communication and social skills

> Promotes Emotional and Mental Wellbeing

> Have the opportunity to take part in live shows

> Opportunities to take part in a variety of performance events

Our aim is to nurture each child’s individual potential, and give them the opportunity and a safe space to try performance activities. To build and increase their skills and have the opportunity to work with industry professionals.

The skills that our Activate stars learn during classes and taking part in shows and events, will grow with them and help them thrive and be more confident in social situations and the wider world.

At Activate we encourage every child to aspire to be the best they can be and to…

‘Activate their full potential’


Please contact The Activate Team before attending any face to face class to check the class times and days are correct. Activate endeavour to run all advertised classes.

Classes & Events


Meet the Team

Louise Rimmington-Kane
Company Director

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 also teaches 121 LAMDA classes with our Activate stars. 

Patrick Rimmington-Kane
Company Director

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.

Tulsi Kendall
Teaching Assistant & Cheerleading Coach

Tulsi is currently a business administrator for Activate Theatre, she assists and teaches across many of our classes. Tulsi was educated at the University of Sunderland, and graduated with a BA in Performing arts in 2019. Tulsi previously studied a Level 3 extended diploma in Performing Arts at New College Durham. Tulsi has vast experience in all aspects of performance. Performing in many musical, dance and drama productions across the North East. Tulsi has an array of teaching experience in drama and dance and is a fully qualified Cheerleading coach with BGU. She also participated in her University’s competitive cheerleading squad; “Sunderland Stars”. She travelled to many competitions across the UK, and developed a love and passion for the sport. Tulsi loves working for Activate Theatre, and is very passionate and excited about training the young performer’s of tomorrow.

Carolyn Flanagan
Drama Coach

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 collection of outstanding shows. She continues to be an inspiration to our Activate Stars.

Amy Duggan
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.

Megan Laing
Dance Teacher

Megan is our fabulous Dance Teacher & local professionaldancer & fitness coach, based in the North-East of England. She is a dance teacher with Activate Theatre & the director and founder of Megs Moves. Megan has performed in many professional productions and continues to create and inspire our Activate Stars.

Bradie Lammin
Mini / Rising Stars Assistant

Bradie first came to Activate as a student in 2014, and quickly developed a huge passion for the performing arts. Since joining, her talent and commitment to the arts has shone through and she was asked to become an assistant for the Mini and Rising star classes. Bradie has performed in many shows and performed some leading roles including, Mary Poppins, Morticia Addams, The Genie and many more. She is currently studying Media at New College Durham and has been working very closely with Activate to build on her work experience in social media by assisting with promo material for the company. 

Eva Caden Lambert
Mini / Rising Stars Assistant

Eva first came to Activate as a student in 2012, and quickly developed a huge passion for the performing arts. Since joining, her talent and brilliant improvisation skills and character work has gone from strength to strength. She was asked to become an assistant for the Mini and Rising star classes. Eva has performed in many shows and performed some leading roles including, Gomez Addams, Aladdin,  and many more. She is currently studying her A Levels at St Bede’s Sixth Form.