Leigh On Sea

The Leigh On Sea academy is our brand new academy.

It offers actor training for ages 5 - 18 and is accepting enquiries now for our Autumn 2021 term and launch! Book now to avoid disappointment.

Please enquire about ages and appropriate groups. Division of groups by age is not an exact science at HAYA and is based on the individual needs and the demographic demands at the time.

You will be taught the craft of acting

  • Voice and Speech
  • Movement
  • Acting for screen / Naturalism
  • Theatre performance skills
  • Stage Combat
  • Devising and Theatre Making
  • Accent and Dialect
  • Improvisation
  • Character development
  • LAMDA 1:1

Each year our young actors are given the opportunity to show off their acquired skills in an actors showcase / performance - traditionally this is performed at a local theatre or as part of a wider festival.

Every actor at HAYA is offered a place on our agency books. This is purely optional and does not affect or impact upon the training and enjoyment of the workshops should you decide not to join.

Actors who join the agency will be seen regularly for professional work in Film, TV, commercials and theatre through castings and auditions with some of the industry’s leading casting directors.


“HAYA is a brilliant experience for young actors. I’ve been at HAYA for 6 years and throughout my journey here I have grown as an actor and as a person. I’ve cultivated long lasting meaningful friendships with a community of young actors who have helped me through hard times. As a company we often create amazing performances that showcase our talents as well as stretch our abilities” Max Bradley-Cole - 17

“Sarah Hunt and all the HAYA family have been working for my child for 6 years. They are incredibly child focused, enabling a high level of skill-based training in a nurturing environment.” - Kate McMillan-Hunt (parent)

“My daughter started at HAYA during the first lockdown when it provided a creative haven from the pandemic. It was the first time she was able to explore acting for camera (rather than musical theatre) and her acting (and directorial skills really matured as a result. Being rather industry-naive, we were initially concerned about signing up to the agency and booking jobs but we needn’t have worried as Sarah was supportive, attentive and informative throughout the audition and filming of a rather complicated shoot - we’ve been continually impressed with how she always has the child’s best interests at heart and how much she really, really, knows what she’s doing. Thanks HAYA!” - Seeta Seetharaman (parent)

Term dates

Our classes run every Monday throughout the term time at The Salvation Army Leigh on Sea

Minis - 4.30 - 5.30
Juniors - 4.30 - 6.30
Seniors - 6.30 - 8.30

Boy talking
Girls reading a script

Success Stories

Our HAYA actors have been busy filming for BBC, Netflix, C4 and many more. Your story could feature here soon!

Come and join us

Everyone is welcome at HAYA between the ages of 5-25. Whatever your background or experience, at HAYA you will be taught everything you need to know that will enable you to flourish as a professional actor.

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Where We Are

We have four Academies.