"Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre." - Gail Godwin
So, what can I tell you about me......
I've been performing from the age of 2, when I apparently took the microphone off the man on the stage at the holiday camp and wouldn't give it back until I was coaxed off the stage by my parents.....and that was just the beginning! I went on to win 'All England Dance Festivals', worked in television, performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and performed with various theatre companies in Hong Kong. I've cruised around the Med, earnt my full equity membership and trained other people. I have established and directed several successful youth theatres, youth choirs and have run many Theatre in Education projects both internationally and in the UK. I am fully CRB checked.
More formally, I have a BA Hons Degree in Performance Art. I then went on to complete a PGCE and have been a qualified teacher of Drama and Music for the past 15 years. My decision to become a teacher was a positive
one and I have never looked back. I have taught up to A'level in both subjects and taught for 4 of my teaching years in an International School in Hong Kong. I have been described by Ofsted as an "Outstanding teacher" for both Drama and Music. More recently I was the Head of Drama and Dance in a secondary school in Surrey, then several years ago I finally took a break to have children.....if you can call that a break!
I remember being in dance schools, musicals, pantomimes and youth theatres as a child and I got so much from it. I made friends, had lots of fun, learnt new skills, became more confident, found it easy to do presentations and
assemblies at school....the list really is endless. When I decided to open Performing4u I wanted children to get the same type of experience, and I also wanted to make sure that any skills they learnt weren't just life skills, but
things that would help as they progressed through school.
Coming from both a teaching and professional performance background, it is really important to me that children come out of the youth theatres well rounded and a good team player. They need to know how to have a good work ethic, how to use the skills they have learnt in all sorts of situations, and for some people it might not be about performing, it might be about personal development and gaining confidence.
I have sung, danced and acted throughout my entire life - which is just shy of 40 years - and I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every second of it. I just love the magic of it and enjoy paying it forward in some small way!
I look forward to working with you and your child,
I have always loved the magic of drama and theatre – the costumes, the orchestra, the suspense…the interval ice creams! I studied the Guildhall exams in Speech and Drama and then the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) exams, up to gold medal level…. with a few festivals and school plays along the way! Since then, I’ve spent my professional career working in marketing and communications and I appreciate how treading the boards develops skills far beyond pure dramatic art – how to perform confidently in front of an audience, how to control nerves, how to think on your feet and improvise - all useful skills in life and business.
I am thrilled to be a part of Performing4U, working with such talented teachers and young performers in such a fun and supportive environment.