Kerry Watkins AISTD


Head of ​LIPA 4:19

Kerry’s extensive knowledge and experience of the performing arts has been gained from her work both as a professional performer and as a Principal of many theatre schools. She trained at the prestigious Performers College in London, graduating with distinction both as a performer and an associate teacher. She then went on to enjoy a very successful career working in television and the West End, both as a dancer and commercial choreographer.

After many years working as a professional performer, Kerry was driven by a strong desire to reapply her knowledge for the benefit of future aspiring young performers. Before taking Principal roles for a number of London stage schools, she was invited to teach master classes at various UK colleges and her work has been performed at London theatres such as HRM Sadler’s Wells and the Royal Albert Hall.

Whilst acting as a Principal, she formed a strong belief that performing arts schools should be safe havens for young people. Kerry strove to create stage schools that not only instilled excellent technical skills but also developed a strong sense of togetherness between students. This creates an atmosphere of confidence and belief, while allowing students to have strength to express themselves to the best of their abilities.

From 2003 Kerry has been Principal for LIPA 4:19, where she has overseen the successful development of a thriving stage school held at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.