"I began working with children, while still at school myself, when I ran the PR and Marketing for a young woman’s magazine in Cambridge. In addition to rebranding and organising the re-launch, the group focused on our target audience, 13 - 15 yr old girls, encouraging them to gain skills and confidence by trying new hobbies and experiences. Around a similar time, I also volunteered at a local nursery for one afternoon a week, where fell in love with reading and playing with the children.
Following this and after leaving school, I was asked to return and run a few Macbeth masterclasses for their year 10 and this was when my love of teaching really began. As a result of that experience, I went on to teach several other masterclasses and work for Theatre Train (Cambridge) as their regular Musical Theatre teacher. Before leaving Cambridge, to go to drama school, I was also lucky enough to work with the Cambridge University playscheme which gave me a clearer insight into working with children outside of the classroom.
After completing a post-grad at Drama Studio London, I went on to teach a huge range of subjects to hundreds of children and young people, all over Country; subjects as varied as Victorian Drama, exploration of rivers and seas, and even famous scientific marvels. I then began working for The People's Theatre Company in 2006, as a drama teacher in one of their after school clubs, and in early 2007 I became their Education Officer. As such, I was responsible for the growth and development of the educational side to the business. This however took me away from the classroom and hands-on teaching so, although I had been successful and class sizes and number of classes were both increased, I eagerly returned to the world of freelance drama teaching.
Since when, I have worked with a variety of different companies both covering their lessons on an adhoc basis and as regular member of staff. I have also designed and facilitated a number of bespoke and commissioned workshops (both freelance and with my company) for groups and taught in a variety of in-schools settings, from drama-based PPA cover to leading on school productions, after school drama clubs and one-to-one coaching for LAMDA exams.
In recent years, my focus has mainly been taken up with creative work both inside and out of the company, whilst still finding time to teach a small number of private students, manage our ongoing schools and teaching classes as often and as frequently as is feasibly possible. That said, however busy I become there is always time for those I'm working with in an educational capacity and I love catching up with my regular students in their weekly sessions, during term time. In addition, I'm continually thrilled with the number of my old students who stay in touch and keep me up-to-date with their news, as well as the excitement of meeting and chatting to new potential students, when the time allows."