Supporting individuals on their learning journey in all aspects of speech, drama and communication

Currently teaching all syllabi

LAMDA Lessons

LCM Exams

Youth Theatre

Spotlight School of Speech and Drama was formed in 2009 and specialises in providing speech, drama, oral communication and business focused sessions for people in the Manchester area. 

Our company is not a franchise.  We provide a very personal teaching service which is tailored to suit the individiual needs of our students.

We offer traditional group and individual children's drama lessons and also provide a wealth of other communication development related services for adults at

All Spotlight sessions are being taught face to face in the Hiya community room in Sale, Manchester or for students who are unable to travel to our central location we have options available via Zoom.

Current Exam Plans:

  • LCM face to face exams will take place in Manchester along with some virtual exam options during the school day in holidays and term time (virtual exams only available to those taking a course of one to one tuition)
  • LAMDA's face to face exams will be available in Manchester as usual. Please visit the LAMDA website for the latest information 

Lessons and Opportunities

Children attending our fun and fast paced weekly classes also benefit from a full calendar of events as the face to face world opens up for us again. Children can select courses for special events such as festivals and competitions, exams and performances. Spotlight is regularly approached by casting agents and television programmes to take part in productions. We were the voices and faces of the CBBC Christmas choir and we regularly attend auditions and interviews for other exciting projects. All children attending group and private lessons are considered for any opportunities that come our way.

Professional Qualifications

With links with LAMDA, The National Theatre, The University of West London and The London College of Music, students and clients can take exams in speech and drama, oral communication and other performing arts and professional subjects.

In the UK, the LCM graded exams are accredited by OfqualDCELLS and CCEA at Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the National Qualifications Framework, and UCAS points are awarded for higher grades. 


Our Teaching Team

Nicola Dodd

Artistic Director @ SDYT / Principal Teacher @ Spotlight Drama

Nicola trained as a Speech, Drama and Communication Teacher with University of West London - London College of Music (LCM). Spotlight Drama was launched by Nicola in South Manchester in 2009 to provide a platform for students of all ages to learn performance skills, meet new likeminded friends and gain professional qualifications along the way. Nicola also teaches LAMDA syllabus and supports students with interview technique for university entry and graduate work placements and schemes.

Nicola's 15 years experience of working in a major blue chip company and further studies in the areas of performance coaching and psychology have enabled her to develop the necessary skills to support people through many performance, speaking and communication challenges.

In 2018, she created Spotlight Drama Youth Theatre, a not for profit organisation, focusing on creating opportunities for young people to perform in professional theatre spaces.


Associate Directors:  Madeleine Edmondson, Rachel McGeough, Claudia Haley, Thomas McGeough & Thomas Latham

Our Supporting Artists

Spotlight Dog

Spotlight Office Guard Dog and Companion

Keeping our technical equipment protected, Ted is a highly qualified guard dog having trained in the streets, fields and gardens of South Manchester. Ted's hobbies include ball catching, watching football and eating.

Spotlight Cat

Spotlight Office Administrator

Helping our office team, often in the role of 'paper weight', Coco is happiest amidst the hustle and bustle of daily office life. She also has a beautiful purr and enjoys making her own podcasts. Her hobbies include dressing up and sleeping.