With this year marking the 30th anniversary since the launch of Stagecoach Performing Arts Schools, the international franchise network has come together to celebrate and educate. The event attended by franchisees from around the world broke records with 198 franchisees joining the two-day conference in Stratford-upon-Avon.
In July, the franchise is set to hit another record, running over 1,800 classes operating worldwide with 46,000 students enjoying sessions each week, increasing due to the new franchisees joining the network and growth in existing franchises. Many of these students will be taking part in their World Record attempt on 1st July
The last day of conference welcomed David and Carrie Grant as keynote speakers. As well as being amongst the foremost vocal coaches in the UK, Carrie and David have also coached senior business managers for the past 17 years. Interactively using the medium of music, they have trained, amongst many others, The Foreign Office, Shell, TESCO, Costa, Whitbread, The NHS, Express Newspapers, and now the global network of franchisees at Stagecoach Performing Arts and their support team!
Recognition was given to franchisees who had been running their Stagecoach franchises for 10 and 20 years including four who had been serving their communities for over 25 years. Then the Franchisee of the Year Awards were given out which were for both International, won by Valeska Malcherowitz of Stagecoach Frankfurt North, and UK, won by Caroline Maxwell from Stagecoach Colchester. These awards are based on quality of service, growth and performance.
The global franchise conference was followed by a day of development for the dedicated team of Stagecoach teachers. Joined once again by David and Carrie Grant, TEACHERFEST had a star-studded line-up of arts educators including professional dancer and TV star Kristina Rihanoff, internationally-renowned theatre company Frantic Assembly, author of music and performance teaching guides Dr Alison Daubney, international choreographer Ryan Jenkins and actor Ben Goddard. These colourful and interactive workshops are just another reason why their teaching provision is considered second-to-none and why parents and students choose Stagecoach.
David Grant summed up the impact Stagecoach franchisees can make, “We’d obviously heard of Stagecoach before but having spent time with the franchisees, we were completely unaware of the high-level training and professional development they undertake in order to be a great creative force locally. We also love the fact that everyone is welcome. It’s not just for showbiz, it’s for life.”
“Our dream has always been to create a great business with a nurturing and thriving community. Our collective passion to unlock the potential in children through the performing arts, allows us all to enrich each other’s lives and be proud to say that we’ve had a role to play in developing Creative Courage for Life,” says Stagecoach CEO, Sarah Kelly.