The DramActive Academy specialises in teaching musical theatre and drama to children of all ages and ability. It currently operates from a number of different venues in Norfolk.
DramActive Academy has been teaching at Norwich High school for 17 years and aims to coach and mentor students to the highest levels in the subjects that it covers. The Academy utilises a structured but creative approach to training and teaching in the following areas:
• Drama, singing and dance
• Movement, mime, poetry and speech
• Confidence building, role-play and dressing up
• T elevision and film technique
All students can enter into The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art’s (L.A.M.D.A) examination syllabus for many of the subjects listed above. All LAMDA Examinations are accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and our higher qualifications have UCAS points attached to them. DramActive’s principal is Jane Ashdown - LLAM (Hons) and ALAM (Hons), who is a fully qualified teacher of dramatic art. Jane is also member of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama,
a body that monitors and maintains high standards of drama teaching through the provision of only qualified teaching professionals. Jane is also qualified in Mencap training and is a member of the S.A.F.E organisation. Jane holds an enhanced DBS check and full liability insurance for DramActive. Further details may be found on the website (concealed information)
We are also able to offer our students some opportunities in extra work via our casting agency ‘Luvvies’ and private lessons in speech & drama or musical theatre are available by arrangement.
Teaching children for 20 years - approx 3000 students taught form all different schools including special schools.
We are proud to be a member of the children University encouraging children to participate in out of school activities.
Students have gained many places in drama school such as Brit school/Guildhall/ Lamda and Central together with the attachment of our agency offering students the opportunities to prepare for a career in television and film.
Students have gained places in films such as 45 years/Atonement/Steven Fry Kingdom and Crime Watch as well as modelling contracts with Boden and many opportunities for extra parts .
Jane Ashdown ALAM(Hons), LLAM (Hons)
Cirrus Long Stratton Road Forncett St Peter Norfolk
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Female - Married
1998 to present day
Principle of DramActive Academy /MD Luvvies Casting Ltd
Areas of Expertise-
Creating a passion for excellence in drama and performance studies, focusing on age groups 4-18Yrs. Preparation of students into the performance examination programmes of LAMDA, together with entrance into drama school/University. Creation of a student teacher programme to inspire leadership and cultivate interest in teaching.
Work experience programme offered to schools.
- Teaching life skills and increasing confidence through role play, encouraging team work as well as individual performance across all class types. Inspire, motivate and stimulate.
-The ability to recognise the individual needs and abilities in all children, focusing support both educationally and emotionally. Building relationships with all parties - parents, students and teaching staff. Significant experience with challenging and disruptive children. Creating opportunities, adaptable and open minded to new ideas.
Over three thousand LAMDA examination successes with higher grades of merit or distinction. Creation of an Examination School of Excellence in LAMDA Examinations over eighteen years. Achieving medal and Diplomas successes for entry into University, Higher levels of performance study further education. Students placed into Scholarship programmes of the New York film academy, L.A.M.D.A .Guildhall, Dance Centre - London, Birds, London Film School and Brit School of the Arts.
. A centre for the Children’s University supported by Norfolk County Council
. A visiting Peripatetic Teacher at City of Norwich School now 3 years using L.A.M.D.A
programme to increase schools UCAS points
. Visiting Peripatetic teacher at Hethersett Academy Norwich on Enrichment
Afternoon two days- teaching drama and working towards L.A.M.D.A
. Visiting Peripatetic teacher at Hewett Academy Norwich after school activity
teaching drama and L.A.M.D.A Examinations
Visiting peripatetic teacher at Norwich High School for drama, singing and musical theatre both in private lessons and group lesson format
Visiting Director at Norwich High Schools for Girls
Director of Pantomimes for the 6th form Community projects within schools
Glee Clubs at local Schools - foundations of confidence and performance for young performers.
Visiting peripatetic teacher at Notre Dame High School for twelve years - LAMDA examination programme.
Visiting peripatetic teacher at Norwich School as “Gleeks and Drama’ incorporating drama and singing and musical theatre using role play and props and costumes.
Chairman of the Society of Speech and Drama Teachers (STSD) for the East of England.
Community based projects undertaken over the last five years: Organisation:
Norfolk and Norwich Festival of the Arts - Drama Festival annual entry.
Broadland District Council - All Musical theatre workshops in Tots to Teens
Norwich City Council - Workshops for Kidz Zone
Long Stratton Junior School - Themed workshops incorporating dance and drama - Indian stories and Bollywood
The Dyspraxic Society - Drama Workshops - Confidence building and life skills.
The Downs Syndrome Society Drama Workshops - Confidence building and life skills.
The Hamlet Centre - Special Needs School. - Confidence building and life skills
Norwich City Football Club (Football in the Community) - Working with disadvantaged teenagers in Cobham Gt Yarmouth
Broadland Housing- Drama and Musical Theatre Workshops including confidence building and life skills
Broadland District Council - Visiting Director at the Playhouse - Two day workshops with performance
Parkinson’s Society - Speech and confidence coaching programme.
Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Project N-DAP
Promoting confidence and well-being workshops to adults and teenagers who are in recovery
• Visiting director in last year's Recovery festival with a production of Dragon Chaser - • 2014 Recovery Festival this year’s project is a Recovery Choir.
Education - Qualifications - Certifications
1988 LLAM - Licentiate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (Hons)
1986 ALAM - Associate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (Hons) 1981-1984 Birmingham School of Speech and Drama - Norfolk Scholarship.
Musical Theatre and Theatre Studies London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA)
• Stage and Theatre Directing • Musical theatre
• Stage Fighting
Enhanced DBS certification
Multiple centres in Norwich for both open and school class including a Saturday morning TV and Theatre school including Musical Theatre.
1997 Regional Arts Theatre School - Norwich. Head of Drama 1986-1996 Sales Executive For FMCG Blue Chip Company
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