About Shine Performing Arts

How We Got Started

June Young founded Shine Performing Arts September 2018.

We run drama, film and production classes for young adults and children. We inspire confidence in our young performers and introduce them to new techniques and skills of the performing arts.

Our Classes

We deliver a full performance experience as part of our classes.

Our children learn all aspects of the industry. We ensure that we develop skills to succeed on stage and in life off stage.

Our Team

June Young

Founder & Principal Bitterne branch
June Young trained at The Sander Theatre School in Southampton. June has also achieved two teaching diplomas.

June Young is associated with the  Licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (LGSM) and an Associate of the New Era Academy (ANEA)

June has experience working as a part time teacher where she discovered her passion for supporting and working with children. She focused working with children with social difficulties, confidence issues as well as developing their talents. June’s mission is building confidence in children while having fun along the way

Every child is unique and has something special to offer. So come and join our wonderful Shine family.

Principle New Forest Branch

Angie Lavery

About me

I have a wealth of life skills experience and particularly enjoy helping young people develop and grow into confident young adults. I am a loving Grandmother and safeguarding children is my top priority. 

I have previously owned a B&B in Weymouth and a rare classic car hire company in the New Forest for several years. I also worked in the NHS Estate Department supporting the Recreational Department and Occupational Health Department for adults with learning difficulties. 


Mike Bell

About me

I started my photographic career over 25 years ago. I have worked at two very busy high street studios. I specialise in portrait and wedding photography.

I successful run a headshot and portrait business from my home studio in Burridge, Southampton. I am married with two lovely children and in my spare time my hobbies include running and reading.

Production Crew

Colin Osborne

About me

I am Colin AKA ‘CC’ (Colin the Cameraman). I am the resident video cameraman and video editor. Also known as ‘the man who can!’

I am an Audio Visual technician by trade with over 30 years’ experience in all things technical. I have a passion for art, photography and videography. Last but not least I am a proud husband and dad to 5 children.

Assistant Teacher

Beth Bidwell

About me

I studied a level Three Extended Diploma in performing arts at Brockenhurst college. I achieved a Distinction in GCSE Acting and a Distinction in level 5 LAMDA acting exam. 

I love working at shine because it’s a safe space where all our creative minds can come together and see what we can create! I work with the younger classes to help further their understanding of the arts. Working with the younger kids I keep them engaged and focused with leading games and improvisations techniques which they really enjoy.

I am part of the directing team at shine where I have written script a for the younger West End class and I am helping produce it too. I have experience with directing at Ashurst’s filming of Harrington.

Assistant Teacher

Eden Perkin

About me

Working at shine has widened my understanding for drama and developed my passion for the arts.

Being able to teach the younger groups has been such an incredibly opportunity and has allowed me to learn even more. I’ve been involved in many projects and each one has brought many other opportunities and given me more experience. I’m really excited to see what the future of Shine holds and I’m so honoured that I’m able to be a part of the growth of such an amazing company.

Assistant Teacher

Ellie Ross

About me

I’m currently a year 11 student studying drama, dance and French.

One of my passions is drama and that’s what pushed me to join Shine Performing Arts. This incredible company has taught me so much about acting and the industry. Shine has allowed me to pursue my dreams and given me many opportunities along the way.

I am so honoured to be an assistant teacher for the Hythe group and help them learn about the industry just like Shine has done for me. I’m incredibly excited to be assisting them on their journey of learning the art of drama.

Assistant Teacher for all classes

Logan Young

About me

I am 18 years old and a teacher at Shine. I knew from a very early age that acting, performing and music would be the path I would follow. I am now assisting my mum, June at Shine Performing Arts. I relay all my experiences I’ve learned in the Performing Arts industry to young, aspiring actors in the classes. I am very passionate about helping younger children improve their confidence and to realise their potential in performing, script and song writing, filming and indeed any other discipline associated with the industry.

I am currently studying for a Level 3 BTEC in popular music and a Foundation BTEC qualification in Performing Arts at college. I hope to continue with a degree at University which covers all aspects of performing and production, whilst pursuing my acting career with SPA Agency.

I have achieved a few acting credits to my name including Downton Abbey when I was younger, The World’s Most Evil Killers and appearing as a leading role in a professional theatre production.  

Head Teacher at Hythe

Helen Kempsey

About me

I love of performing started with dance. I trained with Emjay Dance Academy in Southampton and went on to win competitions around the country including at Sadlers Wells in London. I achieved  a BA Honours Degree in Performing Arts and after university successfully auditioned to work with Capital Radio Hampshire’s on-air team- broadcasting live from local events and reporting on travel news in the area.

After a varied career in radio I then decided to train to teach. I successfully completed my GTP teaching qualification in 2010 and since then, I have worked in the local secondary schools as a Drama and English Teacher. Currently I am sharing my skills with a younger audience at a local infant school. Between 2013 and 2018 I also ran ‘Disco Duck’ classes locally for Pre-school aged children with their parents/carers. I am very experienced and have taught the LAMDA syllabus to both children and adults alongside working on many live performances as a director or as a choreographer. 

I am a fully trained Paediatric first aider with experience of working with children with Special educational needs and disabilities of a physical and emotional nature. Safeguarding is an extremely important responsibility, so I am proud to say years of experience in this area to support children during classes.