Who we are

About our performing arts teachers and leaders.

Find out about the Jazzitup Kids team.


Jazzitup Kids was set up in London and launched its first pilot programme in Rome, Italy, in 2010,  with the English Theatre of Rome, offering English language courses in schools, other numerous educational venues and summer camps all over the city. In 2013 Jazzitup Kids opened a pilot programme in Sicily and in 2015 a Master Franchise programme in Malaysia.  Jazzitup Kids is based in London and offers holiday programmes all year round to groups of children wishing to learn English language through our method.

The Jazzitup Kids team are all from creative backgrounds. All our workshop leaders are from Acting or Music and Teaching English as a Foreign Language backgrounds with work experience in both teaching children and the performing arts.

All our workshop leaders have up to date CRB/DBS  checks.

Lale Nicoletti

Company Director & Creator

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Lale combines all the things she is dedicated to and is passionate about into Jazzitup Kids: children, language, stories and helping educate and develop young minds through a creative and artistic process.

Lale grew up between London and Switzerland, studied Hotel Management in Switzerland and worked in hotel design until she moved to Rome with her first child two decades ago. It was here that she realised the need for teaching English language creatively to children and found her love of teaching. Lale thought up a character, Jazzy the Juggler, who learns English together with the children and most importantly, empathises and engages with them throughout the Jazzitup Kids curriculum that she later went on to devise together with Chickenshed Theatre Company in London.

Lale continues to expand the curriculum, creating new stories, sets of story illustrations, new songs and lyrics as well as teaching training. Lale also teaches individuals and small groups of children and organises boutique holiday camps in central London.


Favourite Quote:


“The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it's to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they're valued.” - Ken Robinson

Pei Sze Chen

Master franchise owner in Malaysia

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Pei Sze has a passion for guiding and teaching young children since university days. Pei Sze is a mother, entrepreneur, business owner - among which master franchisee of Jazzitup Kids in Malaysia. For the past 20 years Pei Sze has been a volunteer at the Rumah Charis Orphanage in Kuala Lumpur.

Born and raised in Malaysia, Pei Sze completed her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Accounting and Finance and Information System Management at the London School of Economics. She is also a Chartered Arbitrator.

Having gone through the UK education system, Pei Sze realised that Malaysian children require a different approach to learning English, making it more fun and participative. She found Jazzitup Kids to be the most suitable program for teaching English to young children as it empathises and engages with them throughout the curriculum of 60 stories, devised together with Chickenshed Theatre Company in the UK and this has acquired the rights to teach the programme all over Malaysia.


Favourite Quote:


“Every child learns differently”

Dyanne White

Workshop Leader London & Rome

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Dyanne is a UK actress, children's TV presenter, screen and playwriter, director, teacher and mother. She lives in Rome and has been a leading member of The English Theatre of Rome and The Miracle Players in Rome since 1999 - her most recent role being that of Mary Poppins at The British Embassy.

Dyanne has been a drama teacher for Jazzitup Kids and two other leading international schools in Rome, teaching children from 4 to 16, since 2012. She has run numerous summer camps in Italy and the UK, including teaching children with special needs. Dyanne is also an Acting in English Coach for international performers, including audition technique, singing and admission to UK drama schools.

Dyanne has been teaching, writing and directing for The Accademia Nazionale d’arte Drammatica Silvio D’Amico since 2013 and The Teatro Golden from 2013-2018 including a one-week Summer Camp ‘Shakespeare The Musical!’

Dyanne has written extensively for children’s theatre and TV, including RAI 2 (Tracy e Polpetta sit-com 11 episodes Winner of ‘The People’s Choice Award’) and BBC1 Storymakers (Blue Cow-85 episodes Nominated for a Children’s BAFTA).


Favourite Quote:


"Make it fun!"

Bethan Jones

Workshop leader London & Rome

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Bethan started singing and dancing before she could walk or talk! Surrounded by Welsh musical traditions, from a young age she sang, played the cornet and violin  in many local orchestras, choirs and brass bands. 

Bethan then went on to play in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and was involved with various radio and TV broadcasts, performing in prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall. After graduating from her music studies in Cardiff University, she went on to teach music and Performing Arts before moving to Italy where she currently works in the top  two international schools in Rome.  Embracing the International scene, Bethan is a violinist in an Irish Folk Rock band performing in various venues around the city.

Bethan’s own personal experience of  speaking Italian has ignited her passion of language learning and the importance of creative learning while engaging in fun activities, which is what Jazzitup Kids is all about. Having taught Jazzitup Kids groups in Rome, she is very excited about flying over to London to continue her involvement with this wonderful programme. 


Favourite Quote:


“You always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself” - Glenda, Wizard of Oz

Neema Lahon

Workshop Leader London

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Originally from London, Neema is an actress, puppeteer and TEFL Teacher.

From a young age, English Literature and Theatre have been her passion, which led her to obtain a combined degree in those subjects at Cardiff Metropolitan University, where she received the highest grade in the history of her course. She helped start Cardiff Metropolitan University’s first theatre company, Hinge Productions, and has since volunteered for many theatre companies in England, Wales and Spain.

Neema soon realised that her passion lies within children’s theatre, so in 2015 she moved to Barcelona and become a TIE (Theatre in Education) actress and TEFL teacher in a secondary school. For the last two academic years she has toured Catalonia with a children’s English Theatre Company that educates children through performances. She is also a puppeteer and storyteller for infants, teaching English through puppetry, songs, dances and stories. Her aim is to make learning English dynamic and fun!

She has previously worked with Jazzitup Kids, and loved it so much she’s returning for her second summer.


Favourite Quote:


"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." - John Dewey

Olivia Scantlebury

Workshop Leader London

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Olivia is a film and theatre maker from a small northern English town. She loves all aspects of performance and the power of language. She writes, directs, acts and produces film and theatre for children learning English.

Olivia started as an actor in the UK. After studying acting in a summer season at LAMDA, she began working with an agent for the BBC, ITV, and several other producers. She then decided she wanted to combine her love of performance with language and teaching. She has spent the past 5 years travelling the world and using these talents to teach English in schools in Asia and Europe.

Olivia tours Italy each year, directing and creating films and theatre with children. She uses every inch of talent the children have – asking them to write, act or work behind the scenes to create things together. She enables the children to produce something wonderful and something to be proud of.


Favourite Quote:


“Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.” William Plomer

Sara Page

Workshop Leader London

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Sara is a freelance performer, choreographer and practitioner. She first studied BA French and Drama at the University of Birmingham and went on to gain a Masters degree in Advanced Theatre Practice at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Sara predominantly creates and performs original work with various theatre companies, including her own company 'The Fun Club', which creates comedy and new writing.

Sara has been teaching English, French and ballet to primary school children since 2013. She worked for Jazzitup Kids last year and has worked with children of all ages for a number of youth theatre companies and schools.


Favourite Quote:


"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style." - Maya Angelou

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What parents say about our courses:

"Such a pleasure to see ‘in person’ the work that you have done with the children and how they react with joy on using the new words"