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Stagecoach - Kids & Young Person’s Arts Franchise

Build your business at a pace that suits you, part- or full-time. Enjoy a high ROI business of your own while also having the freedom that comes from your perfect work-life balance.

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With twenty years of experience in Australia and 35 years of experience internationally, Stagecoach Performing Arts has a track record of success that now consists of 300+ franchisees worldwide.

Stagecoach franchisees can achieve profits of up to and above £45,000. We’ve designed our business model to help you grow and succeed. Given the massive demand for quality education and extra-curricular activities for children and young people, it’s clear why our highly respected brand has enjoyed such longevity and success.

We welcome anyone and everyone from a diverse range of backgrounds. No prior experience is necessary and can even work to your benefit as your life and what you know can bring extra colours to our family.

You can build your business at the pace that suits you, part- or full-time. It means you have a high ROI business of your own while also having the freedom that comes from creating the schedule to suit your perfect work-life balance, be that working 9-5 or, for instance, later in the evenings.

With almost twenty new territories opening just last year, now is the prime time to join us in our continued global expansion.




We’re proud to have received several accolades, including:

  • Winner of the Continuous Improvement Award for the Best Franchise Awards 2023
  • Winner of the Continuous Improvement Award at the Best Franchise Awards due to a three-year increase in our Franchise Satisfaction Score 2023
  • Finalist in Leadership & Culture for the British Franchise Awards 2022

We are members of the Franchise Council of Australia and the International Franchise Association, reflecting our commitment to excellence. We’ve also been consecutively placed high in the top 100 franchises in Elite Franchise, reinforcing our reputation as a top franchise choice.

Perhaps most impressive of all – and certainly a major factor to help attract new clients – are our established collaborations with industry giants like Disney Performing Arts, Sony and DreamWorks Animation, providing unique opportunities for our schools and students.

Many Stagecoach franchisees have celebrated their ten-, twenty- and twenty-five-year business anniversaries with us. One franchisee recently celebrated 30 years of operating their school, showcasing the sustainability of our model.


“Stagecoach has done an incredible job of building a great culture with their franchisees. They lead from the top down and I’m very proud to be part of the brand. There’s a reason they’re known as the best in the business and I hope to contribute to that reputation as I move forward with my franchise.”

- Kristi Wenaus, Halifax, Canada

“A friend who had recently acquired her Stagecoach franchise motivated and inspired me to take the leap and purchase my own. It was a significant and somewhat daunting step, but Stagecoach stood by me throughout the entire process – for which I will forever be grateful.”

- Natalie Wright, Stoke Newington, UK


Our core mission is to teach students life skills, fostering qualities like resilience, creativity, and courage that extend beyond the performing arts. All this while having fun!

At Stagecoach Performing Arts, we specialise in providing an exceptional extra-curricular performing arts education for students aged 4 to 18. Our unique approach not only nurtures talent in acting, singing, and dancing but also instils what we call ‘Creative Courage for Life’.

Our business model not only thrives within the industry; it makes a positive impact in the communities we serve. You won’t just run a business – you will bring something beautiful, enervating, and cherished by every student who passes through your doors.




It’s understandably daunting to start a business, especially in a new field. That’s why we provide comprehensive support and training to all franchisees, including:

  • Marketing support
  • Student recruitment assistance
  • Guidance in hiring teachers
  • 24/7 access to a Child Protection Officer
  • Regional Franchise Managers are there every step of the way, acting as your tutor, mentor, partner, and confidant
  • Our in-house Education Department ensures teaching at your school is of the highest quality. You won’t be alone in this journey, as you’ll have your very own team of experts to support you.

As a Stagecoach franchisee, you’ll be part of a supportive network, never left to navigate the business world alone. Our Head Office team is there to guide you every step of the way.


Our franchise model is designed to be accessible to individuals from diverse backgrounds.

While experience in the performing arts is not mandatory, a passion or affinity for them can be a valuable asset. Neither do you need prior experience in education or business.


A typical day in the life of a Stagecoach franchisee includes working on the various day-to-day needs of your business. For example, you might be following up on customer inquiries, planning marketing activities, chasing fees or reviewing lesson plans with teachers on an average non-school day.

Many Stagecoach franchisees work from home and utilise the flexibility of the business opportunity to work around their other commitments, e.g. looking after children.

On days when you have classes running, you’ll need to arrive early at the venue to set up the noticeboard and check classroom spaces are safe, prepped and secure. You’ll greet your teachers and meet the parents and guardians of the students as they are dropped off for class. You will then take a register at the start of the class.

Whilst your teaching team will lead the classes themselves, you, the franchisee (known as a Principal in Stagecoach terms), will monitor the classes to ensure everything runs smoothly.

At the end of class, the Principal will ensure all students are picked up by their parents/guardians, then check with the teachers for any debriefs needed on the school day.