ABOUT ME

a little bit 

ACTING

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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
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.

DIRECTING

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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. 
 

Currently in production: Lord of the Flies, Torn, Coward Conscience.

Recent directing credits include Tom Brown’s School Days (TCV The Other Palace Theatre, London) and More Myself Than I Am  (((
Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
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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

TEACHING

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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.

I am Principal of the Cheltenham School of Drama. 

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WRITING

My adaptation of Tom Brown's Schooldays was performed at The Other Palace Theatre, London in 2020. 
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 freelance theatre critic.  
I regularly write to commission for children's theatre and youth performance, and have recently adapted 
Jane Eyre and 1984 for the stage

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