Presently, I am tutoring at a senior school in Oxford preparing students for Trinity Exams in Acting and Communication skills.
I believe students will progress well when they are feeling confident and are then at ease to take risks in their performance.
Lessons will include:
Creating a characters backstory
Developing a characters physicality and voice
Building confidence in performance
I have worked as a drama teacher for students with SEN helping to develop confidence in social situations that may be challenging for them to face.
I have had a great deal of experience teaching the LAMDA and Trinity syllabus to students from 5-18 years.
I have a BA in Acting from Arts Ed. I worked as a professional actress for over 5 years before deciding to teach. I have had lots experience acting on the stage, TV, film and radio. I have produced a children's show that had a successful run at the Edinburgh festival.
I am a tutor for LAMDA and Trinity Exams. I can also coach students with monologues for auditions for drama school entry.
08-09 University of Reading, GTP leading to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status)
1999-02 Arts Ed School of Acting in partnership with The University of East London – 3 year
BA in Acting.
Relevant Experience and Qualifications
I am a Primary Qualified Teacher with QTS (qualified 2009). I went in to teaching as I have a passion to help children learn to the best of their ability by giving them encouragement and finding and praising their strengths. I am currently teaching at a special school for girls aged 11 – 19 who have a mix of moderate learning difficulties. My role is teaching Performing Arts to KS3 and Btec performing Arts to KS4 and Post 16.
Personal Attributes and Key Achievements:
I have created a program that combines phonics and drama which helps children to learn sounds whilst developing their confidence and imaginations.
I have a love for drama and performing and have many skills to pass on to my students.
I enjoy working with children, and have a passion and determination to help them achieve their goals and ambitions.
I am friendly, appreciable and have a willingness to succeed.
I have an open minded approach to new ideas and challenges.
Headington Senior School, Oxford. September 2018- present
Speech and Drama Tutor
I coach students for Acting and Communication skills exams. We work on text studies, actioning, creating characters, improvisation, breathing and voice techniques.
Alfriston School, Beaconsfield- January 2016-September 2018
Performing Arts Teacher and Teacher of Social Skills
Alfriston is a special school for girls 11-18 who have a range of moderate learning difficulties. I teach drama and dance to KS3 and KS4 and Life skills to year 9. I also work on a supply basis one day a week. I have taught, English, Maths, P.E, PSHE and ICT.
Responsibilities and Achievements
Planning and delivering dance and drama to KS3
Teaching life skills to year 9
Putting on a productions (White Widow, Teen Angel, Bully)
Co Directing a KS3 musical ‘Move It’
To supervise the work of the SSA, delegate duties and to maintain an ordered classroom
To teach according to the pupils educational needs
To monitor, assess and maintain records on pupils’ progress
To maintain discipline in accordance to the school’s policy on behaviour.
Drama Teacher- Sept 2014-Present
I taught weekly drama classes to students from 5-18 years old. I ran a variety of classes including character work, vocal technique, mime mask work and movement. I incorporated warm up games, improvisations and script work into the classes.
The students take LAMDA exams every other year. I blocked their pieces and directed their performances to prepare them for their exams.
Naphill and Walters Ash School
Class Teacher Sept 2009-January 2016
I have taught in Years 2, 3 and 5. My duties as a class teacher consist of planning and evaluating lessons, setting small group activities for support staff to lead and marking children's books. We had a wide range of abilities in our classes so differentiation was a crucial part of planning. I work closely with our SENCo making sure all children have the provisions they need.
I have set individual targets for each child in my class, in literacy, numeracy and science and planned lessons to help them achieve their targets.
I run an after school drama club where the children play drama games, do improvisations, perform from published scripts and create their own scripts. The students entered the Chesham Music and Drama Festival where they performed duologues.
Sept 2008-July 2009: GTP (Graduate Teachers Program) with Reading University, leading to QTS (Qualified Teachers Status).
I was based at Holtspur School, Beaconsfield where I was training within KS2.
The GTP year consists of training at Reading University in professional skills, child protection, child development and creative teaching in the core and foundation subjects. Holtspur School provided me with a base to observe experienced teachers and to deliver lessons.
I ran a drama club at lunch time, where we played drama games and performed group improvisions.
I also taught Japanese to a year one class to help a boy settle in to the school.
Sept 2003-Aug 2008: Perform
Teaching drama, dance and singing to 4-8 Year olds.
My work at Perform included: planning lessons, directing productions, writing reports and developing children’s social skills using drama. I managed all aspects of the class including: children’s safety and financial issues. Other work for Perform consisted of working in schools to provide drama workshops to complement the KS1 curriculum - themes such as “The Great Fire of London” and “Toys of Yesterday & Today”. At weekends, I led themed birthday parties using drama games and improvisations.
Theatre In Education: (various dates from 2002-2005)
Working with Theatre companies, touring schools, performing plays and leading workshops in the following performances:
When The Lights went Out: Part of Ravana, Hanuman and Semina, with Tara Arts, a small scale tour directed by Jatinder Verma. Touring schools and theatre’s across the U.K
Macbeth: Part of Lord Ross, Lady Macduff and a Witch, with Shakespeare in Schools. I lead workshops in Schools for years 8 & 9. Activities included; acting out scenes, improvising and exploring the issues within Macbeth.
Gemma’s Wardrobe: Part of Gemma, with Jakes Ladder Theatre Company. I ran workshops on status and self-belief.
Why did The Chicken Cross-the Road: Part of Tammy, Stopwatch Theatre Company. I ran workshops on road safety and bullying.
Producer: (Jan– Sept 2007)
TellaTale Theatre Company:
I set up a children’s theatre company to take a family show to the Edinburgh Festival in August 07. The aim of TellaTale was to produce an exciting and challenging show for all the family to enjoy. My duties were to bring all aspects of the production together including marketing, finding a venue, recruiting the cast and crew, tour planning and controlling the budget.
We received positive reviews, such as - “The Show is delightfully staged by TellaTale Theatre, whose zest and professionalism maintain a rollicking pace throughout.” The Stage. “Perfectly paced, utterly charming, this is a journey the audience is sad to see come to an end” The List.
Hobbies and Interests
I love going to the theatre and watching plays. I often take my little girl to watch children’s’ shows and love watching the delight on her face whilst engaged in a good performance. I am acting in the Deddington Pantomime this year. I’m looking forward to getting to know more people in my new community whilst doing what I love!
I spent over a year in Japan and have a fascination with the language and the culture. Whenever the opportunity arises at school, I’m known to teach my class a little Japanese!
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