Our Teachers

After working as a professional actress for 15 years, drama principal Stephanie Johnson felt strongly drawn to teaching and passing on the skills and knowledge she had learnt along the way.

Through drama you learn about yourself and the world around you. Whether you want to shine on stage or build your confidence, drama is an amazing tool. We are a small team of teachers with a true passion for performing.  We are truly dedicated to sharing this passion with our students.

Stephanie Johnson / Principal

Stephanie Johnson - Cornwall Theatre SchoolContact Stephanie


A real triple threat, Stephanie is an actress, singer and dancer with a London Academy of Dramatic Art Training in Drama and ISTD qualifications in dance.

Stephanie followed in the footsteps of her mother: actress “Meg Johnson” of Emmerdale fame and made her professional debut at the age of 18 playing “Dainty June” in the iconic musical “Gypsy”: Crucible theatre Sheffield.

She then went on to appear in National tours and repertory theatre performing in well ­known musicals such as: Oklahoma,National tour, Hold Tight it’s Sixties Night, National tour, Godspell National tour, Chicago (Oldham rep) Damn Yankees (Birmingham Rep) Slice of Saturday Night (Colchester Rep) Pirates of Penzance (Theatre Royal, Plymouth). She has played Principal girl in 5 professional pantomimes.

Stephanie made her West End debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Aspects of Love” (ensemble, understudy Juliette Trapani, Prince of Wales theatre) and went on to play leading roles in West End shows: My One and Only, (London Palladium), Cats (Gumby understudy Grizabella, New London) Grease (Miss Lynch, understudy Jan, Cambridge Theatre). Which Witch (Piccadilly Theatre) She performed at (The Royal Albert Hall) alongside West End star Ruthie Henshall and appeared in acclaimed composer Howard Goodall of (Black Adder and Red Dwarf fame) production of Girlfriends ( The Arts theatre).

She has worked with some of Britains leading directors, choreographers and producers such as Arlene Phillips, Cameron Mackintosh, Trevor Nunn and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Stephanie worked for 2 years at Dean Close school, Cheltenham, teaching the Acting LAMDA syllabus to over 100 students with outstanding results.

Stephanie teaches “Musical Theatre” for The Jason Thomas pre vocational course and regularly guests for other reputable local schools such as Duchy Ballet and Capital dance. She has been teaching the performing Arts for the past 15 years and has been the drama Principal of Cornwall Dance and Drama for the past 10 years . She looks forward to a bright and happy future for Cornwall Theatre school.

Emily Faulkner / Musical Theatre Teacher

Emily Faulkner - Cornwall Theatre School

Emily teaches Drama/Musical Theatre classes in Falmouth, IDTA classes in Truro and assists in Stephanie’s Truro “Show-Time” classes. She has a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts achieving Triple Distinction with 100% BTEC points. Emily also achieved high distinctions at Grade 5 and 8 in Musical Theatre Singing.

Emily’s love of the theatre began at the age of 3 when she played a little lightning bolt in her playgroup and since then she hasn’t stopped! Emily joined Cornwall Dance and Drama at the age of 18 in Stephanie’s academy where she played ‘Mama Rose’ in the musical ‘Gypsy’. She was so inspired by the talent and confidence she gained and now 4 years on she is able to inspire others through teaching.

Emily’s love of Cornwall is just as big as her love for the performing arts and she is honored to have performed in beautiful Cornish locations such as the famous Minack Theatre and The Hall For Cornwall.

Emily has worked with many theatre companies down in Cornwall. The most recent being Rogue Theatre Company, shows include; Winter Wood and the Wild Woodland Summer Ball.

Emily also offers children’s entertainment for parties and special occasions. See our Dance party page.

Meg Johnson / Patron

Meg Johnson - Cornwall Theatre School Note from Stephanie:

When it was suggested to me I should find a patron for my school. I looked no further than my talented and inspiring mother “Meg Johnson”. My earliest memories are of sitting in the wings or in a TV studio watching her in awe. She passed on her passion and love of the theatre to me and I feel very blessed. We even worked together on numerous occasions . I played her daughter “Dainty June” in the iconic musical Gypsy . We performed in the “Pirates of Penzance” in Plymouth, “Dame Yankees” at Birmingham rep and Mum even played my fairy godmother in Cinderella, twice! I am thrilled to introduce Meg as the Patron of “Cornwall Theatre School”.

Meg’s West End credits include: Chicago (Adelphi Theatre) she created the role of Mama Morton. Aunt Nettie ­ Carousel (Shaftesbury Theatre), a National Theatre production, Annie Get Your Gun (Prince of Wales Theatre and National tour), Nine (Royal Festival Hall) Stella­ Follies (Shaftesbury Theatre), Mrs Bumble­ – Oliver with Ron Moody and Roy Hudd (Adelphi Theatre and International Tour).

Regional Credits: Sunday In The Park With George (Leicester Haymarket), Mrs Lovett ­ – Sweeny Todd (Manchester Library Theatre) for which she received “The Manchester Evening News Drama Award” for best Supporting Actress, 42nd Street (National Tour), Wizard of OZ (National Tour), Ma Ma Rose­ Gypsy (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), Pirates of Penzance (Plymouth, Theatre Royal), Trumpets and Raspberries (Library Theatre, Manchester) for which she received another MEN award for best Supporting Actress and Saturday Night at the Crown (Oldham Coliseum) for which she received a MEN­ Best Supporting Actress Award.

Her TV work includes Brookside (Mersey TV), The Thing About Vince (Carlton TV), Coronation Street (GTV), Peak Practice (Carlton TV), The Wildhouse (BBC TV), Hollyoaks (Mersey TV), The Practice (BBC TV), Taggart (STV), Victoria Wood Various series (BBC TV) and currently Pearl in Emmerdale (Yorkshire TV) for the past ten years.

Meg is delighted to be a Patron of “Cornwall Theatre School”

"Being a part of Cornwall Dance and Drama was one of the best times. I met loads of amazing people and had an awesome time. It boosted my confidence and gave me the courage to perform." - Kirsty Atkinson

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