About Us

Enterprise in Theatre and Education


MakeBelieve Arts is a
theatre and education company offering innovative, high quality theatre and education programmes to develop the creative potential of children aged 2-15.

Moving from theatre in education to theatre and education, we work with children, their teachers and their families, in schools and a variety of settings outside the classroom, using our knowledge of how children learn to make our programmes exciting, relevant and effective.  All our programmes are underpinned by a belief in the creative potential of all children, and a desire to nurture that creativity regardless of the economic circumstances of a child and their family. To find out more about the philosophy behind our work CLICK HERE.

MakeBelieve Arts was founded by Trisha Lee (Artistic Director) in February 2002 to provide creative programmes and theatre work in schools.  In March 2004 MakeBelieve Arts was registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee, and in March 2006, the organisation became a Registered Charity.

Based in Deptford, we have established ourselves as a high quality provider of services in Lewisham and our neighbouring boroughs. We have also worked in Greenwich, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Islington, Hillingdon and Brent. Over the past couple of years we have expanded our reach, working across London and the UK, visiting schools in Milton Keynes, Swindon, Chippenham and Bognor Regis to name but a few. MakeBelieve Arts have also recently travelled as far as Spain (Madrid), Qatar (city centre) and Boston.

As a Social Enterprise we generate income from a variety of sources.  We charge for our services but we strive to make our work affordable to all by charging modest fees to schools and/or individuals, supporting the true costs of our work through fundraising for grants and sponsorship.  Any profits made are re-invested back into the business to support the work we do.

From 2007 - 10, Trisha Lee was a Cabinet Office appointed Social Enterprise Ambassador, to promote the growth of social enterprises nationally and is particularly interested in how the Arts can flourish as social enterprises.

MakeBelieve Arts is governed by a Board of Directors who are also Trustees of the Charity.  There are currently six Board members, each chosen because of their specialist knowledge.  Alongside Trisha Lee is a small, dedicated core team and our Creative Associates, a pool of freelance artists and workshop leaders who deliver our artistic programme.  

MakeBelieve Arts works within the PQASSO quality assurance system, was awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom "Quality Badge" in July 2009, and the Social Enterprise Mark in 2010.  We are a Restorative Approaches company.

If you book with MakeBelieve Arts and would like to see our public liability and risk assessment for our work in schools, please contact us or ask when booking.

Registered Company Number:  5087027

Registered Charity Number:  1113312