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.
In 2014 I returned to teaching Drama, first at Djanogly School in Nottingham. Teaching part-time in schools is a perfect balance to continuing my own freelance directing career.
In 2015-17 I enjoyed teaching drama and English at The Brunts Academy, including one day a week at Beech Hill School for pupils with learning difficulties. At the latter I developed techniques in making drama accessible for young people with autism, limited language and movement skills.
From September 2017 I have been teaching English at Nottingham University Samworth Academy. Last year I launched Drama GCSE back onto the school curriculum and directed ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, the first school production that NUSA had had in many years. I passionately believe that Drama should have a place on the school timetable and it has been exciting to instigate the lovely Drama studio at NUSA returning to its former glory, both aesthetically and technically, this year.