Teaching & Corporate

Coordinating a reading of Gorboduc for Shakespeare's Globe

Coordinating a reading of Gorboduc for Shakespeare's Globe

Teaching and corporate training and events have been a significant part of my career since 2003, when I ran Shakespeare workshops for the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond (I had already participated in prison workshops with The London Shakespeare Workout; but the Orange Tree was my first experience of running workshops on my own). Now I take on all kinds of teaching challenges, and ideally like tailoring the teaching to the needs of that contract, one-off or ongoing. Full details at the foot of the page. I have run workshops or courses for: the National Theatre's Learning department; the National Youth Theatre, and through them the Shakespeare Schools Festival; Scene and Heard, a brilliant children's charity based in the Somerstown area of North London, and through them for the National Theatre of Scotland; the extraordinary Equal Voice programme under the aegis of the great Mike Dalton, including a term of development work in an academy school in Finsbury Park; two educational projects for Snap! Theatre, now Theatre Is, one in a  Secure Unit for young people; the National Student Drama Festival in Scarborough; High Tide Festival; and The Primary Shakespeare Company . I also run the Improvisation course for Drama Studio London's 1-yr Foundation in Ealing, and have led workshops specifically about improvisation for: Narativ at Inner Temple (for young lawyers); Millennium Performing Arts, Woolwich; The Philosophy Shop; The School of Night, and Showstopper! (see 'Improvising' page for more details). Inner II new   Corporate Work As a roleplayer, I have worked on contracts for Pro Direct Sport, Bray Leino, Old Mutual, Cisco, British Gas, Barclays International, Natural England, Trade Secrets, Kings College London and Performance of A Lifetime among others, and regularly delivered the Blueprints for Work programme for the Training For Life business charity. Selected teaching and course work:
2016MasterclassesDAMA Academy, Kuala LumpurShort courses in verse impro
2016Visiting TeacherMountview Academy of Theatre ArtsRunning classical scene study and Shakespeare modules
2015DirectorPrimary Shakespeare Co.Directing primary groups (Yr 4/5) in scenes from Hamlet
2015Teacher/ActorAustin College Sherman, TexasTeaching and demonstrating literary improvisation
2014Group TutorUniversity of WinchesterCo-leading term-long devising course for BA Drama &Combined Hons.
2014Course LeaderGuildford School of ActingRunning basic impro classes with BA students
2013-OngoingSpecial TutorRADA Exploring Shakespeare through improvisation
2013Course LeaderScene & HeardCo-ordinating a group of 8 teenagers and 20 adults to a performance of plays written by the children.
2013Workshop LeaderShakespeare Schools FestivalWorkshops for teacher/directors (Spring) & school groups (Autumn)
2011Workshop LeaderNT LearningWorkshops on 'Beauty & The Beast' with London primary schools
2010Course LeaderNational Youth TheatreTwo week summer acting course with approx. twenty 16-21 year-olds
2010Workshop LeaderNational Theatre Primary Classics5-workshop courses to primary groups ending in a Shakesperean-themed presentation
2009-presentCourse LeaderDrama Studio London, EalingImprovisation course for 4-term foundation group
2009TeacherMillennium Performing Arts, GreenwichImprovisation classes
2009Workshop LeaderShakespeare Schools FestivalShakespeare session mixing two schools to prepare rehearsed presentations
2009Course LeaderNational Youth TheatreShakespeare workshops at the Brierley Hill Project
2009TeacherLondon School of Dramatic ArtImprovisation classes
2008Workshop LeaderShakespeare Schools FestivalShakespeare session mixing two schools to prepare rehearsed presentations
2008Course LeaderNational Youth TheatreTwo week summer acting course with approx. twenty 16-21 year-olds
2008Course LeaderScene & HeardOne on One acting course
2008Auditioner/Workshop LeaderNational Youth TheatreAnnual intake auditions (included co-running a workshop for forty 14-20 year-olds)
2008Workshop LeaderNational Student Drama FestivalImprovisation workshops
2008Workshop LeaderEqual VoiceIslington Arts & Music School (IAMS) Year 11 BTec presentation – devised material and scenes from Roy Williams’ Fallout.
2007VolunteerScene & HeardPlaymaking One course; one-on-one dramaturgy with 9/10 year-olds
2007Workshop LeaderThe Performing Academy, NewcastleShakespearean verse masterclasses
2007TeacherActors Centre, LondonImprovisation Classes
2007Course LeaderScene & Heard Stage One Acting Course for 11 and 12 year-olds
2006Workshop LeaderEqual VoiceRunning workshops for International Children’s Day at City Hall
2006Facilitator/Workshop LeaderEqual VoiceEmotional learning workshops (part of PHSE/SEAL programmes) in primary schools in the Borough of Barnet.
2006Workshop Leader/PerformerSnap Theatre Co.Work on a short play on child security issues, with residents of Tiffield Secure Unit, Northamptonshire.
2006Workshop LeaderNational Theatre of Scotland/Scene & HeardWriting workshops for National Theatre of Scotland launch event – a 30 minute play written by young people from Livingston.
2006FacilitatorTraining For Life (education/training charity)Delivering the personal development training programme, ‘Blueprints For Work’.
2005Assistant ProducerScene & HeardRunning workshops for child playwrights, overseeing production, rehearsal, technical preparation and performance of 9 short plays by adult professionals
2005Director/FacilitatorSnap Theatre Co.Year 11 students devised a short drama performed to students of primary intake schools
2004Course co-directorScene & Heard children's charityAssisting in producing short plays written by the children, to be acted by them with adult professionals
2003Workshop LeaderOrange Tree Theatre, RichmondSATs and primary school workshops on three Shakespeare plays
2000-2004VolunteerLondon Shakespeare WorkoutVarious prisons around England