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Welcome to Northern Star Theatre Arts
Sunderland's Biggest
Children's Theatre School

Last day of term Sat 21st July. New term starts Sat 8th Sept.

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Northern Star Theatre Arts headed by Geri Feeney a professional actress brings you a new standard in Performance Arts teaching. It has been my dream to create a business that would make a positive impact on the development of the region, inspiring creativity and pride in Northern talent.

Geri graduated from London’s premier performing arts establishment Mountview Theatre School. Thereafter she enjoyed a successful career in Theatre, Television and Radio. Geri learned that show business is tough and to have the edge you have to have something special. To give your child the best start, in what is an increasingly competitive environment is essential and there we can help you.

Theatre is my life. There’s nothing quite like, the nerves of auditions, first rehearsals, seeing raw ability come together through team work and dedication to produce a great show. Nothing surpasses the buzz the audience gives at opening night as the curtains close surrounded with applause.

For Geri what started out as a hobby as a child, grew into something bigger. Making friends, sharing experiences in singing, dancing and acting was totally exhilarating, and fun and has stayed with her to this day. As a result of her fourteen years hands on experience in teaching performing arts for, she believes it’s important to give back some of the inspiration she felt as a child to her students.

What does our school offer? Well, importantly at Northern Star we offer a friendly environment, where kids can learn from people with actual experience of Theatre, Television and Radio, people who really care, teachers with real passion, knowledge, who if your child wants, can take them to the next level. There are many performing arts instructors in the area, who are self taught and haven't experienced being part of a professional West End Show, or trained at a top theatre school in London! Always check this out before you try a school as it is so important! The quality of teaching out there can vary massively!

Naturally your child learns confidence at NSTA, but more importantly whether they go on to a theatrical career or not, our students learn essential life skills, creativity and stretch their imagination.

So give your child the best start in life! Join Northern Star Theatre Arts theatre school in Sunderland!

Best Wishes

Geri Feeney

Took from the Sunderland Echo below:


Sunderland orphans star in Annie

Members of the Northern Star Theatre Arts school who have been selected to play orphans in the production of Annie at the Sunderland Empire later this year.  Teacher Geri Feeney is pictured with, back row, left to right; Tia Zanetti, Rennea Hawthorn, Emilia Dove, Laura Simpson, Evangeline Ferguson, Gemma Dodsworth and Leah Cook. Front row; Beth Cutting, Katie Todd, Jenae Shaw and Lucy Robinson.


A DRAMA teacher who acted on the West End stage in Annie now has her own brood of orphans to look after. Geri Feeney has a special place in her heart for the musical after she appeared in the London production of the show starring Paul O’Grady and Lesley Joseph.

Now, 13 years later, things have come full circle and she is teaching the next generation of Annie stars.

Eleven girls from her Northern Star Theatre Arts school, based in Sunderland High Junior School, have been hand-picked for a national tour of the show starring Hi-de-Hi’s Su Pollard when it runs at the Sunderland Empire.

Geri said: “This is a great experience for the girls to be working on a professional show alongside established actors such as Su Pollard.

She added: “The producers had heard about my connection with the show and how good the school was and approached us to send some girls for an audition.

During her time in the West End, Geri performed many chorus and understudy roles in Annie.

She was fresh from graduating from the London-based Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and it was her first major acting role. Geri said: “It’s funny because I had always wanted to be an orphan in Annie, but at 22 I was too old. I remember when I was 10 and the show came to the Sunderland Empire. I auditioned to be an orphan and was broken- hearted to be told I hadn’t got through.

“I think it’s a good lesson to teach the girls because even though I didn’t make it the first time, I went on to be in the show in the West End.”

After a stint in the capital, Geri moved back to Wearside to raise a family and start her own stage school.

Northern Star Theatre Arts

Sunderland College
Bede Campus

Durham Road SR3 4AH

Tel: 07817 855 280 info@northernstartheatrearts.com


Our School Sunderland Empire show

will be performed Sunday 8th July 2018.

We are formally dedicating our performances to a past student who sadly died last month.


Northern Star students have been selected again to perform in Evita at Newcastle Theatre Royal May 2018


Our school was chosen to form the children's choir for 'Joseph' at

Newcastle Metro Radio Arena!

Bill Kenwright productions asked our students to be the children's ensemble in 'Evita' when it was at the Sunderland Empire in April 2017!!!!!


Bill Kenwright productions asked 64 of our students to appear in 'Joseph' when the production came to the Sunderland Empire in May 2016!!


Only our students were selected to play the 'Orphans' in the National Tour of 'Annie'

with 'Su Pollard' at the

Sunderland Empire




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