Class Act Theatre School prides itself on top-quality Theatre tuition with a caring approach. Weekly classes in the Swansea area take place in Cockett, West Cross and Pontardawe.

Graduating as a Drama and Dance teacher in 1989 Jill was embarking on her journey towards realising her long term childhood dream. The years spent as a teacher and later Head of Drama at Bishop Vaughan School in Swansea gave her so many opportunities to develop her pedagogy, classroom management and positive work ethic. Jill loved working with all the students and the year before she left Bishop Vaughan, she produced 5 school productions across the Drama and Dance Departments. The timetable, however, was too stifling, not giving her the freedom to explore all the creative aspects of Drama with her students and, in 1999 - following the birth of her daughter Amber, Jill knew that it was time to take a leap of faith and start the dream of creating her own theatre school.

Over the ensuing Summer Holiday Jill ran three day drama workshops and began marketing her weekly classes in Morriston, Cockett and Pontardawe. Through word of mouth the classes grew and Jill began to stage sharings with parents at the end of each term - developing marketing ideas for future production ambitions.

In 2004 CATS performed their first major production on the main stage at Swansea Grand Theatre “Children of Eden”, to a great success, and a huge learning curve for Jill. From this point CATS grew from strength to strength with annual productions in theatres throughout Swansea, Pontardawe and Neath, with invites to perform at the first ever International Musical Theatre Festival in Cardiff and with The RSC Open Stages event.

In the 20 years since its inception CATS as gained a reputation for outstanding productions and diverse audiences- including members of the public as well as parents, family and friends. 

CATS is the perfect platform to explore passion in young people for the performing arts - CATS has grown in to a dynamic, caring and well respected Theatre School because quite simply, we are a family.

Now, twenty years later in 2019, Jill remains founder Principal whilst former students of Jill - Kayte Walsh and Gareth Mitchell lead Neath and Bae Baglan and, Cockett, West Cross CATS respectively. Jill remains Principal of Pontardawe CATS and is always available to support her colleagues when needed. 

CATS will continue to flourish under the leadership of three Principals who bring their own unique skills to the students - such a great legacy and foundation.




Les Miserable Jean Val Jean Javier

2006

Welsh Premier Les Miserable Schools Addition | Taliesin Arts Centre

Les Miserable Jean Val Jean Fantine

2006

Welsh Premier Les Miserable Schools Addition | Taliesin Arts Centre

Les Miserable Jean Val Jean Cosette Marius

2006

Welsh Premier Les Miserable Schools Addition | Taliesin Arts Centre

Oliver! Fagin Artful Dodger

2007

Oliver! | Grand Theatre Swansea

Oliver! Who will buy? Musical

2007

Oliver! | Grand Theatre Swansea

Oliver! Oliver Twist Mr and Mrs Sowerberry

2007

Oliver! | Grand Theatre Swansea

High School Musical Finale

2007

High School Musical | Grand Theatre Swansea

High School Musical Drama Improv Ms Darbus

2007

High School Musical | Grand Theatre Swansea

High School Musical Sharpay and Ryan

2007

High School Musical | Grand Theatre Swansea

Seussical Cat in the Hat Musical

Seussical the Musical | Pontardawe Arts Centre

Seussical Dr. Seuss JoJo

Seussical the Musical | Pontardawe Arts Centre

Seussical ensemble singing dancing acting

Seussical the Musical | Pontardawe Arts Centre