‘ It’s helping with confidence, I can hear singing all the time..that didn’t happen before. I think you are doing an amazing job’
( Parent, 1-1 tutorials online 2020)
3Theatreis a new approach to theatre education aiming to build confidence and positive mental health practice through the arts. 3T was founded by Claire Doyle in 2016.
With over 25 years of performance and teaching experience, alongside extensive training at the Royal Academy of Music (London) and the Theatre School of Dance and Drama (Edinburgh), Claire has enjoyed a varied career receiving an array of accolades. In addition to her wide-ranging performance experience, Claire has enjoyed playing a key creative role in a multitude of innovative theatre, film, and dance projects worldwide.
Claire has come to appreciate the brilliance and creativity of young minds and the importance of confidence, resilience, and positivity in their development. Claire’s wealth of experience and training coupled with her desire to support and encourage individuality lead to the creation of 3Theatre and the first ‘Smile!’ project.
3Theatre is an inclusive social enterprise, designed to harness the power of imagination and spread the joy of creativity … to all!
Pandemic response and moving forward into 2022
Pre-Pandemic, 3Theatre had been working with professional clients online and designing performing arts/ well-being classes for a prominent online school. These experiences helped greatly when the pandemic hit. We got to work creating new ways of working through the screen to inspire and engage our own students and were delighted to receive a second award nomination from our clients for this work.
Connection and collaboration were key during this time, and partnering up with artist Cassandra Harrison was a huge highlight. Together we set out to create unique online classes and events for young people and families. These online events brought people together from all over the world at a time when isolation was our normality. Cassandra runs incredible art classes and highly recommend you check them out!
3Theatre was also an honoured recipient of funding from both Edinburgh and Glasgow’s SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL group along with some personal donations from its members. This funding was used to work with the incredible Wellbeing Support services and an outstanding young student who had been isolated from music by the pandemic. Our heartfelt thanks go to the generous donors and this wonderful organisation.
‘ My singing lessons just mean the world to me and I would be lost without them. They help me with confidence… (to) be more sociable with friends and family and also change my mood when I’m not feeling 100%’ ( scholarship/ funding recipient 2020/2021)
In 2020 and 2021, students participated in 2 online music projects. Fundraising for Great Ormond Street Hospital our young students wrote lyrics and performed online, alongside professionals from London’s West End.
In 2021 our students were hugely inspired while working with US band OKGo, reinventing their single ‘ All Together Now’ as part of the worldwide project ‘Art Together Now’. The single and album were both launched, worldwide, on the ‘Rolling Stone’ Twitch channel ( 2021) and can now be downloaded on all music streaming channels. ( You can see all the videos by scrolling back on our Instagram account.)
Now regulations have lifted a little we are able to run ‘Smile!’ or Skills projects in person. We are also working again with schools’ specialised workshops, dance days, and after-school clubs. 3Theatre also continues to provide private 1-1 tutorials for anyone, of any age, standard, or confidence level in singing or acting.
If you’d like to book some lessons, say hello by using our registration page or emailing: [email protected]
Taken from written testimonial / online feedback 2017 – present day:
‘ ..by the end of each lesson I have so much energy. I don’t know how you do it! ( Singing Client 2020)
‘ So Impressive ‘ ( Parent / Audience member. Written feedback for ‘ Smile!’)
‘ Working with you is a creative, magical, joy!’
( English and Drama Teacher CastleHead High School ,2018/ 2019)
‘ Bags of energy and enthusiasm’ ( Parent/ Audience member 2017)
‘ Cannot wait to go again’ ( Student 2018)
About our workshops
‘ Claire is one of the best teachers I’ve ever been lucky enough to work with’ R.Connell ( Professional actor/singer. US Client Online since 2016)
‘ ** always comes out in such a good mood. It’s really impressive to watch. She feels energised by your time together!’ ( Online singing tutorial feedback 2020)
3Theatre’s award-nominated workshop is called ‘Smile!’. A creative experience, rated 5 Stars by participants, parents, and industry professionals.
The aim is simple; build a supportive and creative environment in which everyone can realise their potential. Students are given the practical tools and opportunity to explore ideas, gain confidence in their ability and instincts and be inspired to work effectively towards their goals.
3Theatre prides itself on inclusivity and students of all ages, stages, and confidence levels are welcomed with a smile.
Saltire ‘ Young Leaders’ Volunteer Award Project (13 years +)
3Theatre’s Saltire Young Leader Award Course has been running since 2017 and is a volunteer program for young adults.
Young people can apply to be part of our ‘Saltire Team’ to help out at any ‘Smile!’ holiday workshops or 3Theatre weekly classes. We give each person an area of responsibility and guide you on how to claim awards for volunteering. You’ll lead by example, helping younger students engage and communicate. It’s a perfect place to put into action time management skills and get the feel for working as part of a great team while having something of value to add to your CV or college, university, or job applications. To find out more you can apply via our registration page under ‘Saltire Young Leader Awards’ and we’ll start a conversation.
Working for the community / J.F Stout Scholarship
3Theatre believes that the benefits of the arts should be available to everyone, regardless of circumstance.
We fund selected placements for 1 to 1 tutorial and holiday workshops and, in the past, have gifted community classes for nurseries or schools. We can receive applications from individuals through our registration page by leaving us a message. We also award special placements to students who have previously attended our workshops and have demonstrated great talent, determination, and bravery.
We create and deliver workshops, team building classes, and performance experiences
If you are part of a school, community group, private company, or charity and have an idea to create something special, please get in touch using the registration page and leave a comment or use the contact form on this site. We love brainstorming unique and inspirational ideas. Anything from the script and story creation, rehearsal to performance, workshops that inspire or team, after-school clubs, themed days that use the arts to explore subjects from the classroom.
To find out more about our previous projects you can check out our Insta, Facebook, Twitter, and Facebook for updates and a sneak peek into 3T life!
Join us on social media @3Theatre
Follow or like our pages and posts and you’ll get to see information on courses and classes, creative adventures, student stories, and shout-outs in recognition of students’ personal success. We put all testimonials from recent projects on there too…so you can see what people are saying about us!
Sample feedback for 2020 online workshops and tutorials:
‘It was lovely to see them beaming from the fun and exercise…I really can’t recommend Claire enough’
( 2020 client/ lock down classes/ Social media review)
‘ ..such lovely sounds of singing, laughing, jumping around from both girls. A bit or normality in the most abnormal of times….I can’t recommend @3Theatre highly enough’ ( Easter ‘ Smile!’ Online 2020, Online recommendation from social media)
‘ @3theatre we love you! Seriously. Watching ** doing ballet with you is such a wonderful thing. Thank you for your amazing work ‘ ( Online Ballet, after school classes 2020)
…or have a scroll down to read more sample testimonials from 2016 onward..
Building Confidence, Creativity and Communication
Music and Movement / Dance
Acting and Voice
Team Work and Solo Work
Reading and Writing
Creative Problem Solving
Growth Mindset and Creative Thinking
Incredible.Unforgettable.Awesome,amazing…I love it!
We are learning every day from experienced people.
I developed confidence, social and communication skills.
Saltire Award Student Feedback ( collective)
Commenting on their ′Smile!′ experience 2018
Thank you 3Theatre! Working with you was a creative, magical joy.
100 Voices of Inspirational Women 2018/ 3T Funded Project S1-S6 students
Thank you SO much to Claire Doyle and 3Theatre for the fantastic week our three children had at the Smile workshop. Thank you for understanding and letting them be who they really are!
Natalie A Reguis
′Smile!′ Summer 2017
So impressive and the best thing my daughter has ever done.
′Smile!′ Easter 2017
Both my children Choose ‘ Smile!’ because Claire allows them to use their imagination to create a story,tell it in their own words and perform in a way they feel comfortable with.The pride and confidence they gain from this is immeasurable, thank you to 3Theatre for another wonderful experience!
′Smile!′ 2016 and 2017
I did it! I can do it again.I want to do more.
′Smile!′ Student Summer 2017
Claire is one of the best teachers I’ve ever been lucky enough to work with. Incredibly talented as a performer herself and with all of her teaching experience she’s simply the perfect tutor to bring out the best in anyone who wants to succeed creatively, in any of the performance disciplines.
T.V and Film Actress (USA) Friend of 3T and Client
Smile was an enjoyable and well run theatre project, ending in a well staged and enthusiastic performance that was fun to watch. All the children seemed very happy to be on stage and they had clearly gained a lot of confidence to to work as a group. Thank you!
Summer ′Smile!′ 2018
Thank you so much for making this morning’s event such a fantastic success. The event went perfectly and the feedback was excellent. Your involvement in this morning’s event was much appreciated…. Thanks to you , the children, audience and VIPs had a wonderful time.
Principal Arts Officer Brunton Theatre
On behalf of everyone at E Linton can I thank you for the fantastic job you did with the (students). …they loved it and had a real ‘moment to remember’ yesterday. Your enthusiasm was inspirational. Many congratulations. Lots of positive feedback from our parents too.
Head Teacher, East Linton School
Thanks . My youngsters enjoyed it SO much and it meant a lot to them all. For some of them in particular …. it will have boosted their self-esteem hugely. For me, seeing their faces today on the stage was just great, and to watch you working with them as been a privilege. Thank you Claire!
Teacher, North Berwick High School
You were brilliant… hopefully there will be further opportunities for more things like this.
Depute Head, Teacher Prestonpans Primary
When I first met our workshop leader, I thought she was really nice. She was a good teacher and she taught us well. I thought the rehearsals were going to be difficult, having to learn different parts. I was absent on the day of the first rehearsal so I thought “Oh no! It will be really hard to catch up!”, but I was wrong, it wasn’t hard at all….the event was really good… and I’d love to do it again…
Performer, Olympic Choir
The Olympic Torch Relay was really fun, and I would love to do it again but I obviously can’t! I signed up for it because I wanted to get better at performing. Claire was an amazing coach and the workshops were sooooooo much fun!
Performer, Olympic Choir
The practice sessions were fun as Claire, who taught us everything, was really upbeat, enthusiastic and energetic… I’ll remember it forever.
Performer, Olympic Choir
The ladies and I really enjoyed the whole event, especially working with Claire, she was such an enthusiastic and patient teacher. The show was brilliant…
Ageing Well Group, Midlothian Council
…the performance on Friday… was one of the best events I’ve ever been to.