MA, BA, FRSA, FVCM, LLAM, LALAM,
ALAM, ATCL, ANEA, GSMD, Cert. GSMD, MSTSD (Adj.)
"She had always wanted words, she loved them: grew up on them.
Words gave her clarity, brought reason, shape".
Michael Ondaatjie, The English Patient
ADJUDICATING AND EXAMINING
I am an adjudicator for the
British and International Federation of Festivals, an examiner for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and a GCSE and A level specialist.
I have recently directed More Myself Than I Am
for the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In 2004, I founded Close Up Theatre
- a semi-professional Fringe company - for Dean Close School. This company 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.
My biographical play about the lives of the Bronte sisters
- More Myself Than I Am - premiered at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe.
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 critic for Theatreworld Magazine.
I regularly write to commission for children's theatre and youth performance, and have recently adapted
Jane Eyre and 1984 for the stage.
I trained as a specialist Speech & Drama teacher
with Rona Laurie and Susan Ford at the
Guildhall School of Music and Drama,
I hold the LAMDA Teaching Licentiate; and an MA in the
Advanced Teaching of Shakespeare from Warwick University.
I was Head of Speech & Drama at Dean Close School for sixteen years, and have extensive experience of teaching in primary and senior schools (state and independent), youth clubs, performing arts schools, and private tuition.
I am the co-Principal of the Cheltenham School of Drama.