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MA, BA, FRSA, FVCM, LLAM, LALAM,
ALAM, ATCL, ANEA, Cert. GSMD
"She had always wanted words, she loved them: grew up on them.
Words gave her clarity, brought reason, shape".
Michael Ondaatjie, The English Patient
I trained as an actor at the London Centre for Theatre Studies
- where tutors included Jenny Lipman, Penny Cherns, Brigid Panet,
Andrew Jarvis, John Jones, George Hall - and I hold
performance qualifications from LAMDA (Licentiate),
the Guildhall (Diploma), Trinity College and New Era (Associateship).
Credits include off-West End,
Fringe, tour, educational theate and voiceover.
ADJUDICATING AND EXAMINING
I am an adjudicator for the
British and International Federation of Festivals
and sit on the Adjudicator's Council;
I am an examiner for the
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA),
and a GCSE and A level specialist.
Recent directing credits include OTMA & Tom Brown's Schooldays (Edinburgh Fringe), Tom Brown’s School Days (TCV The Other Palace Theatre, London), Torn, Coward Conscience, Lord of the Flies and
More Myself Than I Am Edinburgh Fringe.
In 2004, I founded the semi-professional Fringe company
Close Up Theatre, which was awarded the elite 'Sell Out' status every year since inception, and has garnered critical and commercial acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In 2014, I was created a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for my work in youth theatre, which includes facilitation and
Artistic Direction for No Prophet Theatre, Eleventh Hour Theatre
and Talking Shadows Theatre.
I trained as a specialist Speech & Drama teacher with
Rona Laurie and Susan Ford at the Guildhall School
of Music and Drama, hold the LAMDA Teaching Licentiate;
and an MA in the Advanced Teaching of Shakespeare
from Warwick University. I work with a range of educational clients across the private and state and specialist sectors
and with learners of primary, senior and degree level
in communicative, performance, and musical theatre disciplines.
I am Principal of the Cheltenham School of Drama and teach students of all ages locally, nationally and globally.
I studied Journalism, Film & Broadcasting at Cardiff University.
My career as a freelance writer began on The Guardian newspaper whilst still at University, and I am currently a freelance theatre critic.
I write to commission for children's theatre and youth performance.
OTMA - the final hours of the Romanov Grand Duchesses
Torn - hilarious jukebox musical set in a maternity ward
Coward Conscience - the aftermath of An Inspector Calls
More Myself Than I Am - the story of the Bronte sisters
Adaptations for the stage
Tom Brown's Schooldays
Pride and Prejudice
The Glass Town Confederacy - the young Bronte sisters
Gold - the D-day landings
Crime and Punishment - Dostoevsky's story of morality and guilt
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