I am a teacher and acting coach. Formerly an actor, I trained at RADA and worked professionally for several years.
I have taught acting at BA and MA level as well as working with students of all ages; in drama school, stage school, school school and evening classes. Most recently, I was Lecturer in Acting at the Institute of the Arts, Barcelona.
External validation begins early - along with an emphasis on rules and tools, goals and getting it 'right'. In contrast, I offer participants in the poetry sessions, as well as in my acting coaching, the chance to explore and perform texts in a friendly, collaborative, open way. My belief is you can only take risks and 'fail again, fail better' (Beckett) if you feel safe enough to do so. Having a go, creating faith in your work, practicing belief; that's what it's about.
My primary focus is always the text; whatever the piece, whatever the approach, the text is our friend.
I am an allotment holder, and think about my French beans at strange times of the day and night. I love Shakespeare, poems, a cold swim and a good read.
PGCE specialising in Theatre/Performing Arts
Three Year Acting Diploma at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (awarded Honours)
BA Hons Italian and English Literature
Diploma Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Bio at a glance
After training at RADA I went on to act at the National Theatre, appearing in Harold Pinter's play Remembrance of Things Past. I have worked at the NT Studio and in rep at Manchester Library Theatre under director Chris Honer. TV includes nine months on Coronation Street. Other directors I have worked with include Bill Gaskill, Gadi Roll, Jennie Buckman, Di Trevis, Tim Supple and Tony Hill.
Between 2008 and 2015 I lived in Los Angeles and worked as a voice and text coach, as well as teaching acting technique at the New York Film Academy. 2017 - 18, I was Lecturer in Acting at Institute of the Arts, Barcelona.
Over the land freckled with snow half-thawed
The speculating rooks at their nests cawed
And saw from elm-tops, delicate as flowers of grass,
What we below could not see, Winter pass.