As a professional actress for over twenty years and a vocational acting teacher for ten, I have long been fascinated by the process of making theatre. I trained in the American Method at the Ensemble studios in Sydney, Australia and more classically at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London; my background has therefore given me a healthy balance of contemporary and traditional approaches. Acting has allowed me to analyse and perform such diverse playwrights as Chekhov, Brecht, Churchill, Beckett and Ayckbourn, and I have been privileged to work with great directors and mentors like Annie Castledine and Peter Cheeseman, both of whom were innovative and seminal practitioners of their craft; known for their outstanding analytical and academic textual rigour. Teaching has allowed me to re-access these same writers and pass on some of my experiences to a younger generation.
In 2005 I completed a Post-Diploma Performance Studies degree from City University, which converted my Guildhall diploma into a degree. This academic course, taken over one year, involved assessment via written essays and formal presentations and I was awarded a first class BA (Hons) degree. On completion I was invited back to teach on the course and within a couple of years, became the course leader. Throughout this time, I was also teaching at ArtsEd on both the Acting and Musical Theatre degree courses as well as at ALRA and Mountview. Alongside teaching, I have also directed both acting and musical theatre students in showcases, projects and productions.
Almost two years ago, I after completing six years as Head of Acting on the Musical Theatre BA (Hons) course at Arts Educational Schools London, I moved on in order to continue my own professional development, and completed my Masters degree in Text & Performance at Birkbeck University in 2018. I am now looking forward to continuing the vocational teaching and directing work I love.