background
Training (outside degree)

2004

Directing Shakespeare's Clowns - David Farr

Exploring the particular challenges presented by Shakespeare's clowns in performance, and the opportunities to fully exploit their dramatic potential.

2004

Commedia Del Arte and The Art of the Masque

Traditional techniques and applications, taught at the Milan School.

2005

Telling The Story - Mike Shepherd

How do we respond to stories? Why do we tell stories? How do we tell them? Why should we tell them?

Looking at the incredible dramaturgy of Kneehigh's extraordinary approach to theatre.

2006

Intermediate Training with Frantic Assembly

From Frantic's website - "These sessions are for people with previous experience in physical theatre or dance, or those who have attended our introductory workshops who wish to gain a deeper knowledge about the way we work in the rehearsal room. "

2007

Impro - A Practical Toolbox - Keith Johnstone

A practical, mad-cap, three week workshop with the godfather of improvisation, and the originator of the "Yes, and..." approach, Keith Johnstone

2008

Approaching Verbatim Theatre - Tanika Gupta

An exploration of community and issue led Verbatim Theatre, led by the creator of Gladiator Games Tanika Gupta. 

2009

Introduction to Clowning - John Wright

In depth course exploring Clown, from Simple, to Boss, to Tragic. With founder of Trestle Theatre, and Told by an Idiot, Author of Why is That Funny, John Wright.

2009-2010

Puppetry and Object Manipulation

In depth and progressive course, led by Blind Summit's Mark Down and Nick Barnes, supported by Complicite Theatre.

I am a Freelance Theatre Director and Practitioner, working in Bristol, across the South West, and Wales, as well as internationally. It is here that I first embarked on both my training and my theatrical career.

Between the years of 2001 and 2004 I was a member of The Bristol Old Vic Youth Theatre, under the leadership of Heather Williams and team.

From 2002 to 2004 I was also a company member with The National Youth Theatre of Wales, performing in several productions including as Natalia Trotsky in the national tour of Frida and Diego.

Directly after, 2004 to 2005, I was a founding member of what was then called Performers In Training (also at BOV), which later became Made In Bristol. At this time, with the encouragement of mentors Sally Cookson and David Farr, I also began seeking out alternative training opportunities.

All of this, followed by my training at RCSSD (BA Acting - Collaborative and Devised Theatre), has greatly informed both my approach to Theatre Making, and my belief in the importance of theatre training for young people.

In fact, my first foray into education work began when I was still a Youth Theatre member myself, assisting with sessions, and running an under 5s stay-and-play session for two terms. 

I have always participated in outreach and education programs, throughout my career - This work is  fundamental to my approach, a real keystone of the way I move through our industry.