After completing my PGCE in English at Sheffield Hallam University in 1997 I went on to teach English at Rodborough School in Surrey. I instantly found myself using drama within the English classroom on a regular basis, to creatively explore character and themes.
From 1998-2001 I taught Drama at King Edward V11 School in Melton Mowbray. Courses I led on included GCSE Drama and Expressive Arts, A-Level theatre Studies and Special Needs English, including Certificate of Achievement.
I started directing during my time at King Edward, firstly a devised piece based around alcohol misuse, which toured into other schools and then a production of Carrie’s War with the lower school pupils. Even in these early stages of my directing work I used physical theatre as a tool to express emotion and ideas.
During my time at Nottingham Playhouse I continued to deliver projects in schools to support the curriculum, in both Secondary and Primary residencies and workshops.
Last year I was excited to be returning to teaching both English and Drama part-time at Djanogly School in Nottingham, where I can consolidate the different creative delivery skills that I’ve developed to date. Teaching in a school will be a perfect balance to developing my own freelance directing career.
I’ve been enjoying teaching drama part-time at The Brunts Academy, including one day a week at Beech Hill School for pupils with learning difficulties. At the latter I’m developing techniques in making drama accessible for young people with autism, limited language and movement skills.
From September 2014 I returned to teaching firstly delivering Drama at Djanogly School, then Drama and English at The Brunt’s Academy and currently English at Nottingham University Samworth Academy. At the latter I will be launching drama GCSE back within the school curriculum from September 2018 and directing a school production.