Wondering after a week of school how to let go?
Want to explore who you are and what you can do?
WLDT is the place where you can act, sing and move as you want to
- We use drama scripts and improvisation skills to help you stand up and speak out.
- We use movement and dance to explore physicality, coordination, and the joy of being alive.
- We use music and singing to express the feelings bubbling inside to make sound, noise and song.
Our mantra is FUN and CHALLENGE
Three hours each week where you can be YOU!
Three hours to explore all the wonderful stuff inside you
We have a dedicated office manned Monday-Friday 10 – 6 to answer your questions.
We encourage commitment and time-keeping from all our students.
We have regular end of term showcase to demonstrate new skills, ideas and confidence.
We regularly mount a large scale production or professional showcase to show off everything we’ve achieved.
If you have questions, please email or call and talk to Sam or Esta.
Founded by Esta Charkham and led by Sam Kermer, WLDT has a regular team of theatre professionals to shape, support and inspire students.
Sam was professionally trained as an actor and filmmaker and trained at Arts Educational London. As a Director of West London Drama Training, Sam heads up the team teaching and guiding over 150 children to develop skills, confidence and ready them for auditions that come their way.
If somewhere there’s an entertainment pie, Esta Charkham’s had a finger in it for most of her life.
Esta started her working life as an actress on stage and television. However it wasn’t long before she was drawn behind the scenes finding her niche as one of the UK’s leading Casting Directors. Series such as The Professionals and American mini-series gave way to bigger responsibility, casting Quadrophenia, Scum and Oscar winning Chariots of Fire.
With this experience she branched out and became a Producer. Her first project was the HTV/Goldcrest family drama series Robin of Sherwood. Two series later and she moved to Central Television to reformat and produce Boon for ITV, watched by over 13 million viewers.
From here, Esta produced landmark series Birds of a Feather for the BBC, Channel 4’s cult comedy series Nightingales; children’s series No Sweat; sit-com Grown-Ups for the BBC and winning a British Comedy Award for One Foot in the Grave. She was awarded an honorary degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in recognition of her work with students.
She puts her success down to many things; getting up early, answering the phone after two rings and wands of mascara, but most of all to her good fortune in meeting and collaborating with great talent.
She lives in West London and lists her hobbies as online shopping, talking, filling in consumer questionnaires.
What little spare time she has is taken up with collecting underwear and clothing and volunteering for an asylum seeker and refugee project.
Head Of Acting
Owen is an actor and professional acting coach.
As an actor Owen has worked with companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, BBC and Imaginarium.
Owen’s Children’s coaching credits include working with CBBC on the “Worst Witch” and on Hugh Hudson’s feature film “Altamira.” Owen has taught at some of the UK’s leading drama schools including the Arts Educational Schools, Performance Preparation Academy and Identity. Owen is currently “Head of Acting” at West London Drama Training.
Head of Singing
Since graduating from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Simon has musically directed four shows at Above The Stag Theatre, the UK’s only dedicated LGBT Theatre, including the Off-West End Award nominated ‘The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)’.
Simon is currently co-writing a musical with Fringe First winner Chris Larner and developing new stand-up material. He teaches piano, singing and woodwind and plays at musical theatre bar ‘Overtures’ in Marble Arch.