“Everyone deserves the chance to fly!” 

// Wicked The Musical

Welcome to the Performers Family!


Thank you for your interest in Performers Stage School, the premier training ground for young performers aged 6-19 years and now Performers Big Kids for Adults -  we have something for everyone with an interest in the Performing Arts.  Take a good look through our site to give you a flavour of what you can expect from attending our classes.  We hope you find the answers to any questions you may have - if not, please get in touch, we would love to hear from you!

Classes are held weekly at:

All Saints Community Association,

Stanley Street, South Shields,

NE34 0BX


















Performers Stage School opened in September 2000 expanding to add Performers Big Kids to our Portfolio in 2019.


We offer a wonderful training ground for young talent in South Tyneside, blending the 3 performance disciplines of Drama, Dance and Music together to develop our pupils skills and confidence and make them the best Performer they can be!  Some might say, a Triple threat.


The school is the brain child of performer, facilitator and educator David Ducasse who has a career and training that many rivalled contemporaries can only dream of!







David studied Musical Theatre at Newcastle College and continued his training at Sunderland University and Graduated with a Degree in Performance at Northumbria University.


As a performer he has appeared all over the world on stage and screen but is best known for being part of the Group SCOOCH who had chart success in the 90s and represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007.


As a Practitioner, David has taught in many schools and HE establishments.





Suzanne trained locally until the age of 18 when she won a scholarship to study opera and vocal studies at The Royal College of Music in Manchester where she achieved a BA Hons (Music).


Since grauating she has performed in many hit musicals including The Phantom of the Opera, Disney's Beauty & the Beast, Acorn Antiques the musical, Fiddler on the Roof and The Sound of Muisc.  As an actress she has performed in many plays and pantomimes.


As a teacher she has worked extensively for the past 20 years in various Stage Schools and colleges around the country including being Head of Musical Theatre at Newcastle College FE.


She currently works for a number of local theatre schools,, a Secondary school and teaches privately in Sunderland.




Lisa has danced since the age of 4 and has travelled the world gaining  knowledge and experience in her discipline.


Training at Valerie Shepherd Dance Academy until the age of 18, Lisa competed successfully in regional competitions regularly. Aged 18 she moved to America after gaining a scholarship with the Young Americans during a competition she represented England in. Training at the California Pacific College of Performing Arts, Lisa studied and performed with the prestigious group and was inspired to return home and further pursue her career. 


On returning home, she began to teach for Valerie Shepherd Dance Academy whilst doing a Dance degree. During this time and since graduating Lisa has choreographed for local amateur societies, ran junior school dance clubs, worked as choreographer for a Theatre School,  taught dance at Central Newcastle High School and currently at New College Durham


Lisa has a BA honours in dance and is a qualified teacher with the NCDTA (Northern Counties Dance Teachers Association)

Lisa teaches Performers Big Kids every Wednesday, Performers on Sundays and runs our brand new Fun. Family, Dance Club Sunday afternoon straight after Stage School.



The school's approach is modern, informative, practical and relevant. Classes are physically and mentally demanding but also bags of fun! 

The Teaching staff have high expectations of each pupil - believing every pupil is unique. Considering this our teaching strikes the balance between developing technique, repertoire,  and encouraging individual expression, whilst giving pupils real time experinece in first class productions in professional theatres.

We try to create and instill in every young performer an approach that is hardworking, rigorous, truthful, energetic, generous and absolutley commited.

Come along and join us this week  - get in touch!




About Us

David Ducasse 

Principal & Director

Suzanne Richardson

Head of Music

Lisa Petrie

Head of Dance

20 years and still fabulous!

Meet the Team!

9am - 12pm