AN Edgewater resident’s passion for performing arts has led her to expand Stagecoach Theatre Arts School, which is opening its first south-of-the-river location in Como.
Stagecoach Theatre Arts School principal Alison Tasker started planning for the new school in February.
“In the UK, Stagecoach really is a household name,” she said.
“Initially I was thinking maybe I could open a school in Leederville but I have this opportunity to open south of the river.
“I spent a long time looking around and stumbled across Como, which is a great location and also has a big space, a big parking area.”
Stagecoach Theatre Arts School was founded in the United Kingdom in 1988 and launched its first Perth school in Nedlands almost 20 years ago.
Ms Tasker said she hoped to open a second school south of the river in six months.
“I’m hoping to expand within my territory, which runs from Como to Fremantle and down to Cockburn,” she said.
Ms Tasker said this would be her first time being a principal but she grew up studying drama and music at West Glamorgan Youth Theatre alongside a Hollywood actor.
“I did A-levels in English and drama with Michael Sheen,” she said.
“I didn’t take it on as a vocation but it still feels great to be more involved in performing arts.”
There are now Stagecoach schools in Joondalup, Nedlands, Guildford and Como.
The Como school is set up at Lifestreams Christian Church and will have an open day on Saturday, February 9, at 2pm.