The Denbigh Workshop was formerly registered as a charity in 2016, as the result of two working mum’s discussing the lack of quality, inclusive and affordable theatre provision for the young people in our area. One of our main aims is to promote personal and community development through positive change and social inclusion. In 2016, we set up our inclusive youth theatre to provide an affordable creative activity for young people. We started with four children, we currently have 38 young people who attend regularly, 10 being young carers who are fully funded to attend for the year by CFIW.
We currently deliver an inclusive Saturday morning Youth Theatre, a Community Choir, and we deliver employability and confidence building workshops for Adult Learning in the Community for Wrexham Flintshire (ACL) and Communities for Work. We are on the TRAC and ADTRAC framework tackling barriers to learning with creative arts-led solutions with Arts Award.
Our theatre company provides creative Education & Outreach for three projects for Chester Zoo to primary schools throughout the North West and North Wales. In the summer 2019 we participated in Wildlife Connections festival with Harry, Bee and Rose and 2018 we were chosen to be part of the Wild Worlds Festival promoting and tackling plant blindness with our family-friendly theatre show Tree, Plant Bee & Me.
We are working with North Wales Police and PACT to deliver our hard-hitting workshop It Could Happen To You, to Senior schools throughout North Wales.
Denbighshire free press
High Sheriff of Clwyd Awards
In March 2018 we were awarded the High Sheriff of Clwyd award in recognition of our work to support disadvantaged young people. We attended the ceremony to receive our award with two of our Saturday morning volunteers.
Tracy (Spencer) Jones - Artistic Director
Tracy is a professional actor and co-founder of The Denbigh Workshop, with West End, National No.1 touring theatre, fringe, Rep and TV experience. Credits include Coronation Street, Houdini & Doyle, Emmerdale and Sherlock Holmes, Blood Brothers (Mrs Johnstone & Mrs Lyons) and Girls Night Out.
Having trained at LIPA, she graduated amongst the first intake with a 1st class BA Hons Degree in Performing Arts/Drama (1998).
She has worked in corporate roleplay for 15 years as an Actor/Facilitator using forum theatre, immersive performance and interactive performance including hot seating and in-role for numerous organisations including the Banking industry, HM Prison Service, JAC, NHS, ONS, Police Crime and Complaints Commission and KPMG.
Tracy tutors LAMDA Verse & Prose at Myddelton College in Denbigh and she is a freelance Voice Tutor for Hijinx Theatre and MHC residential, working with adults with Autism and learning disabilities.
Christine Parle - Tutor
Chris is a professional actor, trained at Elliott-Clarke College in Liverpool. She is an experienced actor with West End, theatre and TV credits including Cold Feet, Home Fires, Peaky Blinders, Emmerdale, Close to the Enemy and Coronation Street.
Freelance TV technique tutor for Hijinx in North Wales and an actor/facilitator in roleplay for various companies including JAC and NHS.
Chris appeared as Mimi the lead, in The Denbigh Workshops ‘Tree Plant Bee and Mi’ for Chester Zoo’s Wild World Festival summer 2018 performing to 1000’s over the 12 week festival and performs as Mum in It Could Happen To You our hard hitting road safety workshop with North Wales Police.
Sean Jones -Tutor
Sean was born and bred in Denbigh, attended Clywd Youth Theatre at Theatr Clwyd before training at London’s prestigious Guildhall.
He is a professional actor with years of experience and appeared in London's West End and National tours of Bill Kenwright’s Blood Brothers as Mickey for many years and is the resident comic for UK Productions for the last 6 years in Rhyl and New Brighton. Also seen on our screens in Emmerdale, The Royale, Hollyoaks, and The Chase.
He works as a freelance tutor for Theatr Clwyd and also offers Blood Brother Workshops and Shakespeare from the Actors Perspective. Contact email@example.com for more details.
Sarah Davies - Tutor
Sarah born and bred in Denbigh is a huge asset to our Saturday Morning Youth Theatre and Summer schools. Trained as a teacher at Glyndwr University, she has years of experience singing professionally throughout the country with her one-woman show.
She has worked as a Freelancer Tutor for Shine and Cynnig for many years.