Samantha Holloway

AISTD

Starcast Performing Arts Schools Founder

Sam moved to Salisbury when she was 10 years old and attended dance classes at The Salisbury School of Dance nearly every day after school. From there, she went on to train at one of the UK’s most prestigious Dance and Musical Theatre Colleges – Laine Theatre Arts, for three years full time in all genres of Dance, Musical Theatre and Drama. At Laines Sam also gained her full teaching qualifications in ballet, modern and tap.

Sam then embarked on a ten year career as a professional dancer in Theatres and TV world wide, working with the UK’s top choreographers and directors.

At the age of 28 Sam was offered a position at Stagecoach Theatre Arts in Surrey, as a Children’s Theatrical Agent and Schools Inspector, where she found professional work for children in the West End, TV and Film. During this time Sam opened her own Theatre Arts Schools where she had over 350 budding starlets training in Dance Classes, Singing Lessons and Drama Classes! Many of whom worked professionally in TV and Theatre, in productions such as the West End’s production of “Oliver” and “Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang”.

Sam moved back to her home town of Salisbury in 2008 where she opened Starcast. She has mentored many students who have gone on to professional full time Theatre Colleges such as Laines, Wilkes Academy and Mountview.

Sam loves working with the children and teenagers in Salisbury, she believes the students really appreciate and respect the training and opportunities that Starcast offers.

Sam has such a strong beliefs that Theatre Arts can benefit every child. With Starcast she hopes the children will learn to be confident, expressive, diligent and happy – skills for life!

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  • My two boys love coming to Starcast. My eldest is 7 years old and he has been attending for a year now. Starcast has helped bring out his confidence and with making new friendships. My youngest is 4 years old, he has just started the Mini Stars group. He cannot wait to go every weekend! Starcast is really helping bring out his charismatic personality!

    - Jessica, Starcast Parent
  • I have been training at starcast for 8 years now. My favourite thing about starcast is the atmosphere and how enjoyable it is and how it can fix your mood after a boring day at school. If you’re thinking about joining starcast but are too shy/ scared of making friends, you shouldn’t be. Starcast is such a loving place to be and eveyone is a group and is a part of a family and will take you onboard. Starcast has boosted my confidence more than I ever could of imagined, I made new friends from different schools. I am 14 years old. Starcast is by far the best group I have ever been too and I’m so lucky to have such a loving family like the one at starcast. I am so thankful for everything they have done for me and can’t wait for many more years of shows and exams x

    - Millie, Age 14 - Starcast Student
  • Harriet who has been obsessed with musicals and watching talented acting from a young age absolutely loves coming to Starcast . You are all so loving and kind and Harriet is so lucky to have this on her doorstep. As a parent it's lovely for your child to belong to something and keep them on the straight and narrow. Harriet was quite anxious up to the age of three, seeing her perform on Saturday made me burst with pride in her confidence.

    - Lindsey - Starcast Parent
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