Masterclasses and Holiday Courses



Over the last 25 years I gradually came to the conclusion that many children would benefit from Masterclasses in The Art of Auditioning.    I have seen many children unsuccessful in the audition process because they have not shown their considerable talents to a panel of directors who only have a very short time in which to make a decision.

So I started these classes in October 2010 and now travel all over the country.   They are completely independent of any productions I might be casting.   The classes are specifically designed to empower children and to help them understand what creative teams are looking for, how to behave and how to use their nerves.   They also include a wealth of other practical information.   I am not intending to teach children how to sing dance or act – they know that already – but I do want to help them develop good audition technique.

The classes last 1.5 hours and aim to thoroughly prepare for the audition experience.

  • Children should be aged 7 and over.
  • I hold a chaperone’s licence with enhanced CRB disclosures granted by RBWM
  • Each session is complete and is not part of a course.
  • These one off sessions are fun and will help children to view auditions as an enjoyable challenge rather than a scary experience.
  • Children take away information reminding them of the things we have covered during the class.


  • £25 per child.
  • All fees payable in advance.

Please email if you are interested in being put on the list to be notified of future classes.

Please click here to contact me using the form, or call me at my office on:

  • Landline: 01628 773048
  • Mobile: 07824 337222.
  • or email


Jo Hawes Performing Arts Programme for 2017!       NOW BOOKING!!

The previous courses were so much fun and feedback has been terrific!

BRILLIANT!     T.  had a ball .   “wonderful workshop,  D had a fantastic time”     “an amazing 3 days”   “I sincerely hope that you will be running more similar courses in the future as all the children and parents with whom I spoke were delighted”  “A. enjoyed herself so much she is already planning her return.

The next courses will be as follows –                          

WC October 23                         Venue – Sir William Borlase, Marlow.      Four days of fun with Mark (Wedgie) Hedges, Carrie Grant (West End Musical Director)  & other friends!  Age 7 upwards. £260   Age 7 upwards

On our courses we plan a varied programme of singing, dancing and acting with Mark (Wedgie) Hedges and Carrie Grant (West End Musical Director) plus a very exciting selection of other classes given by industry professionals designed to provoke interest and teach a variety of special skills.

We run various different activities including –

  • Singing and Dancing with Mark Hedges and Carrie Grant
  • Audition training
  • Stage fighting
  • Puppetry
  • Make up workshops
  • Photography workshops with Elizabeth Keates
  • A short presentation for parents to watch on the afternoon of the final day.
  • A Q and A session for parents.
  • On certain courses only – A Flying workshop run by Freedom Flying who fly children, celebrities and many weird and wonderful objects all the time. Places for this activity are limited and are on a first come first served basis.                                                                                                          


  • Various dates around the UK on weekends throughout the year.
  • October 17 in Central London 2 hours 5.30 – 7.30   £35.
  • For further information or to book a place please email    Please register interest as soon as possible – these classes and holiday courses are very popular.


Mark Hedges  JoH  Carrie Grant

Photograph by Elizabeth Keates