Five Ways to get Children out of their Shell

As children prepare to go back to school after months of lockdown, Anna Fiorentini, founder of the award-winning theatre school shared some tips with us on how to increase their confidence:


  1. Praise – often we hand out general praise for a good effort or piece of art but rarely think about what it is we’re praising. Be specific and recognise the individual effort that has gone into something. Don’t overdo your praise, reserve it for when it really means something.
  1. Model self-confidence – if you’re looking to help your child overcome shyness, show them how it’s done. Be the role model they can copy and get tips from.
  1. Small steps – you’re not expecting your child to take to the stage immediately. Don’t push for giant leaps, small steps are what it takes to get there.
  1. Raise a resilient child – things will go wrong and your child will fail sometimes but it’s how they deal with it that counts. Show your child how to bounce back and keep trying. Resilience is a skill that will come in useful throughout their life.
  1.  Encourage a wide range of interests – being the best at one thing is great but having a wide range of interests and hobbies will help your child to see that they’re capable of lots more than they thought.


To apply for a place at the part-time Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School, for 4 – 18 year olds please visit Don’t delay – places are limited due to social distancing.

Of course adults can be just as shy if not more so. Stage & the City offers after work performing arts classes for adults who wish to have fun and increase their confidence. Visit for more information.

Photo credit:  Michael Bourke



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