Having undertaken a teacher training course at post-graduate level, I have a lot of experience in effectively planning and delivering sessions for diverse groups of individuals in an inclusive and welcoming environment. At the beginning of each lesson, the objectives for that lesson will be presented to the student and by the end of the lesson I will assess how far I feel that these objectives have been met. This will be based on questioning the student and setting formative assessment tasks throughout the lesson. Each session will be planned to suit the needs of individual students and so each introductory session will serve to give me an idea of exactly what this student needs and how they may need to work in order for me to plan to suit them.
For me, student engagement is incredibly important and I believe that a student who is not engaged will not be able to learn and progress to the best of their ability. This is why I focus on student centred, interactive, creative solutions to learning, finding alternative ways of explaining content while ensuring that these creative solutions effectively address assessment criteria and enable progression. From my experience, I have noticed that teachers who work with students as opposed to simply planning for and transmitting information to them, have the greater success rates and so this is the approach which I favour.
I am a first class graduate achieving a BA honors in Theatre Studies (Drama, Theatre and Performance) from the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University. I have also completed a Post-graduate Diploma in Further and Post-compulsory Education (PGDE) specialising in Drama and Acting. Furthermore, I am currently undertaking an MA in Musical Theatre so I am trained in this specialist area and would be willing and qualified to teach Musical Theatre classes as well.
Before attending university, I was a member of both the Liverpool Everyman Youth Theatre and the Unity Youth Theatre and have since been involved in a number of productions from a performance angle as well as devising a number of original works. I am trained in theatre and dance performance and have recently been undertaking further screen acting training at Act Up North Liverpool.
I have gained a wealth of experience in teaching students aged 16-18 as well as teaching in an SEND setting and alternative provision. During my training, I have developed a detailed knowledge of teaching, learning and assessment and have developed an approach to teaching which takes into account each student's individual learning style and involves finding creative solutions to ensure that all students are able to progress based on exam board and curriculum criteria in a friendly, relaxed classroom environment.
I have a wealth of practical acting and directing experience should students wish to pursue studies in Drama or Acting and am more than happy to tutor them on practical performance (including audition and exam pieces) online. Moreover, I have a detailed understanding of how to analyse and deconstruct text as well as how to structure written essays and write to a high level. Thus, I would be willing to tutor students in writing and text analysis for Drama and also English.
Lessons only offered virtually
1st Class BA Honours degree (Drama, Theatre and Performance)
PGDE in Further and Post-Compulsory Education
A* A Level Drama
A* GCSE Drama
Contributing Writer and Performer for Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres (June 2020):
Writer and performer for 'Love, Liverpool an A to Z of Hope' as a member of the selected public submissions group. Work entitled “Hope Street Café”.
Performer and Coordinator for Louise Ann Wilson Company: “Remembrance Returning: We Hear the Larks” (2nd and 3rd November 2018) - Working with members of the public (non-actors) to perform a piece of live art/performance installation.
Collaborative original, devised productions include:
“Basic Training” (LICA Theatre Showcase, Nuffield Theatre, 19th and 20th March 2019) - Also featured in film form for the LICA Degree Show “Coordinate” (2019).
- A politically motivated, post-dramatic performance shaped on the back of the Brexit vote exploring attitudes towards various controversial statements and policies.
“Can We Come Back to That” (Nuffield Theatre, 20th June 2018).
- A creative commentary on the effects of technology upon relationships.
Publicity Officer for the Lancaster University Collaborative Production:
Responsible for all aspects of the advertising and marketing process for Lancaster University’s annual Collaborative Musical (“Sister Act”, Nuffield Theatre, 25th-28th April 2018).
Lancaster University Theatre Group: Actor in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (Playing Balthazar, Night Watchman and Sexton: Nuffield Theatre, 24th-26th November 2016) and Macbeth (Playing Malcolm: Nuffield Theatre, 9th-11th December 2018)
Shakespeare’s Globe Summer Course (August 2015): Attended workshops led by Collin Hurley at Shakespeare’s Globe culminating in performances at the Globe Theatre and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
Liverpool Young Everyman and Playhouse Member (September 2013 - September 2014): Actor/Deviser in youth group performances: examples include a self-devised piece that was taken to the Leicester Curve Theatre and two site specific performances with the Liverpool Lantern Company.
Unity Theatre (2012-2013): Unity Youth Theatre member taking part in group workshops (2012-2013) as well as taking part as an actor for Toxteth TV (24th-25th October 2012).
Shakespeare School’s Festival: Actor in Shakespeare’s Henry V (Playing Princess Katherine: Knowsley Hall, 17th October 2012 and Formby High School, 30th October 2012).
Professional Workshops: Ockham’s Razor, Gob Squad, Tim Etchells (Forced Entertainment), Andrew Quick (Imitating the Dog) and Francois Testory (Dance).
I had the pleasure of working with Ellen during her teacher training programme where she proved herself to be an outstanding practitioner! One of her greatest strengths was that she really cared about each individual student she taught. She made personalised plans to support each of them wherever they were up to, and to push them forward with their learning. She LOVES her subject and her enthusiasm is infectious! Her students made excellent progress because of the energy she brought to her teaching.
A highly professional tutor with excellent academic as well as practical knowledge, Ellen will bring enthusiasm and energy to all her work. Ellen also has very strong skills in the administrational duties of her role as a tutor, and a combination of such skills is really hard to find. Ellen is able to make excellent student / tutor rapport and builds confidence in her students. Her commitment and passion to the subject exudes and any student she works with is sure to do their best, improve knowledge and understanding of the subject both theoretically and practically, and will enjoy the experience. As a teacher of many many years I can safely say teachers of this calibre are a blessing in the educational world.
Not only is Ellen kind and patient, but she has extensive knowledge on acting and performing. She will work with you to build the acting skills you want, at the pace you want as well. You can definitely rely on Ellen!
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