Our story begins back in the 1930’s when a young girl took her sister dancing and the dance teacher allowed her to join the classes free of charge. That girl was Jackie Palmer who only two years after starting to dance was dancing professionally in pantomime and went on to become a principal dancer, head girl and choreographer in the West End and throughout the UK.
We have come a long way since starting the first class in the Oak Room of High Wycombe Town Hall with forty pupils, then to premises on Easton Street, and now in purpose built studios in Bridge Street in High Wycombe Town Centre and next to Wycombe Sound, the local radio station.. our journey has included many memorable highlights and crossed many borders.
The Jackie Palmer name is now recognised nationally and internationally with regular contacts from casting departments on the East and West Coasts of America.
The Jackie Palmer Stage School (JPSS)
In 1971 Marylyn and Chris were both working in London for the BBC. Marylyn had been teaching pupils privately and decided she wanted to leave the BBC to start her own stage school and asked her mother Jackie Palmer to join her.
With Marylyn’s choreographic training and Jackie’s professional experience, children were taught ballet, tap, modern and acrobatic dancing, drama and singing.
Soon after the school opened in The Oak room, JPSS were asked to provide children for theatre and television. Throughout 1972 JPSS worked as an agency providing children for pantomime accross the country. There was also a childrens acrobatic troupe that performed a routine for Billy Smarts Children’s Christmas Circus broadcast on the BBC.
In 1975 Marylyn established the Jackie Palmer Agency as we know it today. It was at this time that links with Britain’s National theatre began and continue to the present day.
The philosophy of the JPSS has always been the care and nurturing of its children. The school remains one of the top performing arts schools in the country and continues to be a great innovator for dance, drama and singing training for the future.
The Jackie Palmer Agency
What began with Marylyn, a telephone and a typewriter has evolved into a highly successful agency employing a close knit team, representing children not only from the stage school but from around the country.
The emphasis for the agency is still very much a family one. All have had long and varied associations with Marylyn and all have a strong background in the entertainment industry.
Throughout the years there have been many achievements, from award winning productions to Oscar and BAFTA nominations.
The organization now represents all age groups – Jackie Palmer Agency (representing the children) is now part of JPA ASSOCIATES which incorporates JP Young Performers representing 16 – 20 year olds and JPA MANAGEMENT
which represents professional adult performers aged 21 and above.