Prestigious Award for the Jill Clewes Academy for Theatre Arts
Jill Clewes – the Academy for Theatre Arts based in Bradwell, Newcastle Under Lyme has been awarded the prestigious Kings award for voluntary service [KAVS].
The award is given to organisations with volunteers who provide the majority of the work to enable the organisation to thrive and be successful.
The Academy for Theatre Arts has been operating for more than 50 years and comprises an average of 150 volunteers, helping to run it throughout the year.
The Academy offers aspects of performing arts training and professional qualifications in classical ballet, tap, jazz, Musical Theatre, commercial, freestyle, singing and drama and concentrates on those wishing to embrace the arts.
Many successful careers have developed from its training with students who have gone on to develop careers in the West End of London and beyond, which is offered this through a BTEC extended diploma as well as regular classes.
Jill Clewes, who has run the Academy for more than 50 years, said: “I am so proud for all the volunteers that have spent so much of their time, year in year out helping us to develop our Academy for the good of our students both locally and further afield. Without that help, the Academy would not be in existence and we would not be able to provide all the benefits that we do in theatre arts throughout Northern Staffordshire.
“I would like to express my sincere thanks to all our volunteers, our staff and our students and I am absolutely thrilled that this has been recognised with the Kings award for voluntary service, which is known as the MBE for volunteers.
“Well done and thank you all!”