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Kim Laughton



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Kim Laughton is the course leader for the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts. Before joining Tresham, Kim worked at The Duston School as an Actor in Residence. Kim’s job meant that she directed and choreographed large-scale shows whilst also teaching the BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts.

Before Kim started her career in teaching, she worked as a professional musical theatre actress for six years. She trained in musical theatre at Arts Ed, London for three years. Her professional experience includes ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ (West End and UK tour), Disney’s ‘Beauty and The Beast’ (International tour), ‘The Boy Friend’ (UK tour), ‘A Night at The Musicals’ (UK tour), and ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ (London). Kim has also sung in numerous concerts in the West End and has also played the lead role of Peter Pan for three pantomime seasons. Kim now choreographs locally in her spare time and has recently choreographed ‘Rent’ which won a NODA award for best musical in the East Midlands region, ‘The Boy Friend’ and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’.

Kim cites her most satisfying professional projects that she has worked on as being:

  • The opening night on her West End debut which she says was “such as huge buzz, one that I will never forget. It was always my ambition to be in a West End show.”
  • Performing Disney’s ‘Beauty and The Beast’ in Athens, Greece was a highlight of her career as she was performing to packed audiences every night and the cast were staying in a five star hotel!
  • She also really enjoyed playing Peter Pan as she got to fly above the audiences heads, something Kim describes as being “really magical.”

¬†On teaching, Kim has said that she loves creating theatre and seeing it evolve from an idea or words on a page to a full-scale production. She really likes being able to teach someone the techniques of how to do something and then watch them refine it. Kim particularly enjoys the second year of the course when the students audition for drama and dance schools and universities. Kim says, “it is really fulfilling when they get into good places to further their training and it makes me really proud to have been a part of their journey”.