The Geraldine Connor Foundation has partnered up with The Dance Studio Leeds to offer a series of top-quality musical theatre workshops. All workshops are led by professional musical theatre artists to ensure that participants receive the very best instruction and have the opportunity to work with industry specialists.

In line with GCF’s ethos, these workshops are open to everyone (16+yrs); there is no need to have previous experience of musical theatre. However, these workshops are not just for beginners! Workshop leaders Nigel and Leonora are experienced facilitators and always get the most out of everyone’s talent. They are excellent at tailoring each workshop to the individual needs of each group.

A typical workshop lasts three hours and will include:

  • Introduction to musical theatre technique through warm-up exercises.
  • Learn one or two songs from a musical and set them to music
  • Perform the finished product to the class at the end of the workshop

I enjoyed feeling successful even as a beginner... The instructors were fab

In 2019 we ran workshops based on songs from Miss Saigon, Les Misérables and Hair. These were all very successful and received great feedback, so we are planning more workshops for 2020. Keep an eye on our website and social media or sign up to our newsletter to stay updated! 

We would also love to hear your suggestions of musicals you'd like to see in future workshops - email [email protected] to let us know. 


A  head shot of Nigel Wong smiling into the cameraNIGEL WONG

Nigel is an actor, singer and musical theatre director. An original Carnival Messiah cast member in 1999, Nigel has since performed in the West End, at the National Theatre and on the BBC. He starred in Miss Saigon at the Drury Lane Theatre from 1995-96, playing the role of ‘the Commissar’ as well as in the ensemble, and also covered the part of the Engineer.

A black and white head shot of Leonora Stapleton.LEONORA STAPLETON

Leonora was a professional dancer for over twenty five years. In 2000, she was invited to become a dancer in The Lion King on Broadway and later became part of the management team for the show in New York and the Netherlands. After leaving the show she went on to become an Associate Choreographer for Disney’s musical Tarzan, which has been performed on Broadway, the Netherlands and Germany.