For drama school preparation, I focus on the dos and don't to begin with. There are a few things to avoid when applying to drama school. I'll then move onto looking at speeches - no matter how good you are at acting, it's important to pick the right speech for you. I can help here, with suggestions for both male and female speeches. I can also look at your existing ideas. Then we will move onto delivery of the actual speech. I'm also happy to read personal statements and offer advice on these.
For LAMDA exam preparation I will suggest suitable pieces for Communication, Shakespeare or Performance exams. I have received a lot of vocal training under top vocal coaches at drama school and in the professional world. I therefore like to focus on getting students' voices sounding well projected. I also like to draw on the student's own interpretation of the piece they are going to be performing for their exam, whilst checking their performance demonstrates this interpretation to a high standard.
I obtained my BA in acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, one of the UK's top drama schools.
As a teacher I have my own business, (concealed information) which delivers group drama classes and private LAMDA preparation classes. I lead workshops in many capacities for schools, youth groups and stage schools focusing on varying disciplines such as Shakespeare, improvisation, puppetry and drama school preparation.
As an actress, I've performed in top UK theatres and for the BBC. I have also directed and developed work for Theatre West and am a member of the Young Vic Directors' Program. I know about drama school auditions and can advise you on the dos and don'ts, the speech choices, speech delivery and interviews as you navigate the exciting audition process.
I charge an extra £5 to travel within the London tube network and £10 to go further afield.
2009-2012 Bristol Old Vic Theatre School BA (Hons) Degree: Acting
2002- 2009 Brentwood Ursuline GSCEs: 1 C, 2 Bs, 7 A-A*
A Level, Art & Design: A
Philosophy & Ethics: A
Drama & Theatre Studies: A
Current Post Grad Study | Birkbeck University Biological Basis of Behaviour
Foundations of Modern Psychology
Other Qualifications & Certificates:
Paediatric First Aid trained
I am a member of the Young Vic Theatre's Director's Network.
As a young person, I trained and performed with the National Youth Theatre.
2018, Workshop, Actress, RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT - THE EDIT, Folio Theatre Company - Salisbury Playhouse, Joe Hufton
2018, Site Specific, Beast Quester, BEAST QUEST, Rose Theatre Kingston, Ciaran McConville
2018, Commercial, Hero Girl, GO COMPARE COMMERCIAL, Go Compare, Mark Denton
2018, Stage, Alexandra, PLANKTON, Studio 3 Arts - Clout Festival
2017, Stage, Charlotte Lucas, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE UK NUMBER 1 TOUR, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Deborah Bruce
2016, Stage, Charlotte Lucas, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Deborah Bruce
2016, Stage, Cassie, THIS IS ART BY CHARLENE JAMES, RIFT - Shakespeare in Shoreditch, Hannah Banister
2016, Film, Emma, ANOTHER LIFE, Javid Rezai, Javid Rezai
2015, Stage, Francesca, MATCH BY JOE HARBOT, Miniaturists 53 at the Arcola, Hannah Banister
2015, Site Specific, Joanna, ABSENT, Dream Think Speak, Tristan Sharps
2014, Television, Lady Somerset, BAFTA CRAFT WINNER -MESSIAH AT THE FOUNDLING HOSPITAL, BBC, Rob Coldstream
2014, Commercial, Chambermaid, KOMERCNI BANK COMMERCIAL, Bistro Films, Laurence Dunmore
2014, Stage, Lady Caroline, ENCHANTED APRIL, The Mill at Sonning Theatre, Sally Hughes
2014, Stage, Miss Wittington, NOT NOW DARLING, The Mill at Sonning Theatre, Ron Aldridge
2013, Stage, Gwendolen, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, The English Theatre Hamburg, Julian Woolford
2012, Television, Maud, BEST OF MEN, BBC2/Whitby Davison Productions, Tim Whitby
2012, Stage, Wife, THE GOOD SOUL OF SZECHUAN, Bristol Old Vic, Patrick Sandford
2012, Site Specific, Keystone Cop, SLAPSTICK FESTIVAL, Colston Hall, Les Bubb
2012, Short Film, Eleanor, SEA OUT, Red Baloon, Jake White
2011, Stage, Gertrude, HAMLET, The Egg, Theatre Royal Bath, Toby Hulse
2009, Stage, Jackie, FOOT/MOUTH, National Youth Theatre, Andy Burden
2006, Television, Sofia, LIVING IT, CBBC, Laurence Wilson
2015, Stage, Director, COLONIES, Theatre West
2017 – Present Amplify Classes
Manager/Teacher My own business, running drama classes for children and young people. The classes use drama techniques to boost confidence and enhance skills that are applicable to all areas of life and study. We use fun exercises that help young people to find their voice, stay focused and work together as a group. The classes are designed not only to enhance creativity and interpersonal skills, but are reported by parents to improve confidence and behaviour.
As well as Saturday classes, I provide workshops for youth groups and schools, tailor made to suit the needs of a specific group. For example I recently ran some workshops for a young carers group in Barnet.
In addition to group sessions we run private tuition in LAMDA and drama school preparation.
Key duties include:
Delivering fun & engaging drama workshops for ages 4-8 and 9-15
Managing the Accounts
Communicating with parents.
2015 – Present
A Team Arts/Tower Hamlet’s Council
Puppeteer & Workshop facilitator.
Delivering education on Sexual Exploitation to schools and youth groups, including vulnerable students and those with Special Educational Needs.
Puppetry workshop facilitator.
ReACT is a youth theatre made up of young people aged 12 to 18 from different cultural and national backgrounds. The group work together on drama projects and performances that explore the social, political and cultural issues that they feel are important. I was recently brought in to deliver a puppetry workshop as part of this programme.
Brentwood Ursuline High School.
Delivered training in drama school preparation to A level Drama & Theatre Studies students.
Folio Theatre Company
Assistant Theatre Director to Adam Lenson
Colonies (written by Ben Callon)
Perfect! Highly recommend Francesca to anyone that wants to progress their acting .
She is super helpful and has exceptional knowledge within the industry .Her flexibility and reliability was really great.
I have enjoyed teaching Melina - she is a dedicated actress with an natural flair and shows great potential.
Francesca is both reliable and inspirational. She has single handedly set up a theatre training academy in East London that strives to give children from lower income backgrounds the same access to the arts as their more privileged counterparts. Francesca approaches each lesson with a great deal of intelligence, creativity and passion and I would have no hesitation in recommending her to students studying at any level.
Francesca is a fantastic tutor. She responded quickly to my emails and was always on time for each lesson. She was extremely knowledgeable and provided lots of learning material to help me progress quicker than I had imagined. Highly recommended.
Francesca is a fantastic acting teacher and I couldn’t recommend her enough. She instantly makes you feel at ease and is really supportive.
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