I believe the Performing Arts are vital in developing social, emotional and personal skills: last year I had the opportunity to attend a focus group looking at how drama can be used to prepare young people for life in a diverse society. Furthermore, I am currently studying towards an MEd in Creative Arts through the University of Exeter, which is developing my skills in creative teaching and learning.
Prior to my current studies I worked as a Drama teacher with the Taunton Academy. I used both department schemes of work and ones which I had created myself. In the first term I introduced students to theories and practices in drama. We also looked a clowning with an emphasis on Commedia Del ’Arte, Greek Theatre including Antingone, a Shakespeare text (The Tempest), Myths and Legends and issue based drama. In terms of long terms planning over the year I made sure the pupils had experience of using scripts, developing drama skills and self-devising.
In terms of industry experience, I have worked as a Stage Manager, Technician and a drama work-shop leader. My experience of working with various production companies, professional and amateur, (in the UK, and to some extent abroad), and on medium and large scale productions, has expanded my portfolio to include:
Classical pieces and contemporary scripts, styles of staging, the creation of theatre sets, design lighting plans, recording and blocking scenes, storyboard discipline, film production (as Operations Manager), clowning and physical theatre, mask productions (currently with a Worcester based company), and theatre direction (in and out of school contexts).
I have worked with a reasonably wide spectrum of theatre companies, but particularly specialising in those on the cutting edge of engaging with innovative theatre.
I would be delighted to find a role which draws together my professional experience in the theatrical world and develops my passion for education and teaching.