I taylor specific workshops or lessons for individuals or groups, specialising in Shakespeare/ Improvisation/ Ensemble Theatre/ Audition Prep/ English Dialect Coaching/ Voice and Text/ Acting - depending on the goals and aims of my students. I have worked extensively as an actress and coach and love helping people to improve their skill set and build up their confidence.
I have been working as a professional actress in England over ten years, performing at theatres which include National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare's Globe. In New York I have performed at St Ann's Warehouse and The Lincoln Center. I have also performed in television shows for BBC and ITV. I am an associate teaching artist for the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, where I run intake auditions for the company and masterclasses on audition technique/ ensemble theatre/ acting. I also coach students who are auditioning for drama school, working on their audition pieces with them.
University of East Anglia, Norwich, England 2003 - 2006 - BA HONS Drama and Theatre Studies Degree 2.1
ACTING THEATRE CREDITS:
Stage, Princess of France, LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, Shakespeare's Globe, Nick Bagnall 2017,
Stage, Whitehands, TRISTAN AND YSEULT, Kneehigh/ Shakespeare's Globe/Tour, Emma Rice 2016,
Stage, Bawd/Lychorida, PERICLES, Shakespeare's Globe, Dominic Dromgoole 2015,
Stage, Dorcas/Lady/Servant, A WINTERS TALE, Shakespeare's Globe, Michael Longhurst 2015,
Stage, Whitehands, TRISTAN AND YSEULT, Kneehigh/ US Tour, Emma Rice 2014,
Stage, Whitehands, TRISTAN AND YSEULT, Kneehigh/St Anns Warehouse, New York, Emma Rice 2013,
Stage, Karen, STUART A LIFE BACKWARDS, Watford Palace, Sheffield Crucible, Mark Rosenblatt 2013,
Stage, Woman, STEPTOE AND SON, Kneehigh/ Tour, Emma Rice 2012,
Stage, Charmaine/Mouse, MIDNIGHT'S PUMPKIN, Kneehigh/BAC, Emma Rice 2012,
Stage, Woman, STEPTOE AND SON, Kneehigh, Emma Rice 2012,
Stage, Mincing/Betty, THE WAY OF THE WORLD, Sheffield Crucible, Lyndsey Turner 2011,
Stage, Various, ROMEO AND JULIET/A WINTERS TALE/JULIUS CAESAR/HAMLET, RSC/Amory, New York 2011,
Stage, Svetlana, AMERICAN TRADE, RSC/Hampstead Theatre, Jamie Lloyd 2011,
Stage, Mopsa, A WINTERS TALE, RSC/Roundhouse, David Farr 2011,
Stage, Gertrude, HAMLET (YOUNG PERSONS), RSC/Tour, Michael Fentiman and Tarell McCraney 2011,
Stage, Ensemble, ROMEO AND JULIET, RSC/Roundhouse/RST, Rupert Gould 2010,
Stage, Guenever, MORTE D'ARTHUR, RSC, Gregory Doran 2010,
Stage, Various, RSC LONG ENSEMBLE, RSC, Various 2009,
Stage, Kilina, THE GRAIN STORE, RSC, Michael Boyd 2009,
Stage, Mopsa, Lady, THE WINTER'S TALE, RSC, David Farr 2009,
Stage, Ensemble, JULIUS CAESAR, RSC, Lucy Bailey 2008,
Stage, Beauty, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Told By An Idiot/ Warwick Arts Centre, Paul Hunter 2008,
Stage, Pisanio, CYMBELINE, Kneehigh/Brazil/Columbia, Emma Rice 2008,
Stage, Prezzemolina, RAPUNZEL, Kneehigh/ Queen Elizabeth Hall, Emma Rice 2007,
Stage, Chough, BLAST, Kneehigh, Mike Shepherd 2007,
Stage, Nurse, A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH, Kneehigh /National Theatre, Emma Rice 2006,
Stage, Pisanio, CYMBELINE, Kneehigh/RSC/Lyric Hammersmith, Emma Rice
ACTING TELEVISION CREDITS:
2018, Television, Janet Dawson, BAD MOVE, Open Mike/ ITV, Adam Miller
2018, Television, Teresa Brookes, EASTENDERS, BBC, Waris Islam
2017, Television, Nurse, QUACKS, BBC/ Lucky Giant, Andy De Emmony
2017, Television, Teresa Brookes, EASTENDERS (2 EPISODES), BBC, Michael Owen Morris
2017, Television, Dave, STEVE AND DAVE, Josh Reeves
2013, Television, Twig/ writer/producer, PET SHOP GIRLS (PILOT), In The Corner Productions, Ben Aldridge
2010, Television, Marylin, BEHIND BARS (PILOT), Anthem Films, Daniel Brereton
2018, Film, Annette, ELRON OF EGHAM, Grey Bear Films, Brook Driver
2018, Film, Woman, THE DATE, 99, Nick Blaemire
2017, Film, Kate, YOU TOO CAN UKE, 99, Nick Blaemire
2017, Film, Edam, APPLY WITHIN, Grey Bear, Jason Imlach
2017, Short Film, Pedalo Girl, PEDALO GIRL, Joe Ransom, Matt Harrison
2016, Short Film, Dorothy, TREATLESS, Drew Lewis
2013, Short Film, Chaz, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE 2, Claire Seeber
2013, Short Film, Girl, CINEMA, Matthew Whitney
2013, Film, Rosie, THE YOUNG BUCKS, Charlie Braffman
2012, Film, Georgie, BUSKERS, Ed Hancock
2011, Film, Rooster, KRIS AKABUSI FARM, David Dickinson
2010, Short Film, IT Girl, CAREERS, Dusthouse/RSC, Chris Mcgill
Associate teaching artist/ director/ coach/ mentor for National Youth Theatre of Great Britain 2013 - 2018
EDUCATION Bullers Wood School, Chislehurst, Kent, 1996‐2003
Drama and Theatre Studies A*
English Language A*
English Literature A
A Level Results
Drama and Theatre Studies A
Media Studies A
University of East Anglia, Norwich, 2003 - 2006
BA HONS Drama Degree 2.1
My daughter, age 15, had drama lessons with Kirsty for a year to prepare her for auditions.
Kirsty rehearsed modern monologues and Shakespeare in fun and innovative ways. Grace loved her lessons and always came away from the classes excited about what she had done and looking forward to the next lesson.
Grace’s confidence grew dramatically as a result of these lessons and we found Kirsty to be an honest and trustworthy teacher.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Kirsty or starting lessons with her again if she was back in the UK.
F Carroll, London
Kirsty is amazing teacher and is very reliable with her work. Kirsty is very friendly and has a real passion for her students to achieve their best. Kirsty teaching methods and planning are great. She was my drama tutor and I managed to pass in college because of her enthusiasm and variety in her teaching.
Kirsty has a wonderful teaching manner. She taught our son English. He felt motivated to do better, studied more under her expert guidance and moved up a set in class.
Kirsty also provided improvisation theatre and acting classes to us as a family of four. I cannot recommend this highly enough to any family who wants to explore creativity and expression together - none of us did any acting otherwise but Kirsty had a real knack at making as all feel comfortable and be creative together. We had so much fun! We all miss Kirsty and her lessons!
Kirsty is a close professional colleague and I couldn't recommend her more as a coach and teacher. She is an absolute delight to be in the room with as her command and joy are in equal measure. Kirsty bursts with creativity and love and as an artist who has performed on top stages all over the world, her depth and savvy are undeniable. Any student regardless of age and experience would be truly lucky to share time with such a generous and brilliant human!
Kirsty has been brilliant in teaching my daughter and has been instrumental in Matilda achieving so much. The lessons were in her parents’ house and I had the pleasure of meeting them when I would pick her up. Kirsty is much more than a ‘trustworthy teacher’ she became my daughter's confidant and mentor plus still keeps in contact today.
Mark T. Chislehurst, Kent GB.
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