Acting and Personal Development Coach, Writer/Director, Actress
Telephone: 07719 760924
Having had a background in dance and singing, then taking a conventional college course and spending some time in the workplace in the early 80s, I decided to retrain and studied theatre 1992-1994, where I trained with a professional company in Canada followed by a classical full-time theatre apprenticeship. I have a particular passion to develop potential in people, and so have focussed my attention in recent years as a freelance in the areas of coaching; training in artistic as well as vocational and personal development. I set up TouchPoint Theatre Ensemble in 2010, which aims to bring professional level, original theatre into the community and to work in partnership with community and youth projects.
CURRENT PROJECTS (since 2008)
PivotPoint Contemporary theatre arts and professional development – freelance teaching, offering workshops in schools, amateur and professional contexts, private teaching and a gap year programme. TouchPoint Theatre Ensemble currently in rehearsal for Oxfringe performance of ‘Relish’ June/Sept 2011. PointZero Physical Theatre acting coach and consultant. Oxford Actors’ Network (Assoc. with Oxford Playhouse) Member. SIMA® Vocational and Personal development Consultant.
FORMER TEACHING/DIRECTING EXPERIENCE
2008 Stagecoach Theatre Arts, Aylesbury temporary contract (6 months): director and drama tutor (age 6-18)
2002-07 Fusion Ensemble (Vienna): “Faces” contemporary musical theatre project (Writer & Director, Role of Graziella)
Vienna Theatre Project & Ohrwuermer Youth Choir: Acting and Voice Coach
Institute of Physical Theatre (private): Acting & voice coach (German & English), coaching individuals and groups.
2005-06 School of POP & Schule des Theaters: Acting workshops for youth (ages 11 – 25)
2002-04 CEF, Volkshochschule, E4Kids, Eliz & other Language Institutes in Vienna: Teacher of Drama (11-adult)
1999–02 Stagecoach Theatre Arts Schools (London) – Drama teacher and director (ages 6-16), LLAMD Exam coach
2001 LEAP Youth Theatre (London) – Drama Tutor (ages 11-16)
1999-00 Diakonos Physical Theatre (London)– Drama Tutor and Director
1997-99 The X L Project (youth project, London) - Creative Arts Director, Drama Tutor (ages 11-16)
1998 Scream Theatre Company (London): Company training course (acting)
1997 Open Community project (London): Dance course (modern/jazz)
1996 Street Level Theatre Company (Croydon): Company training course (acting)
1994 Diakonos Physical Theatre (Queensland, Australia Tour): Upper primary schools – drama skills
Theatre & Company (Canada): Assistant Choreographer - “Godspell” (during Apprenticeship).
1991-94 Academy of Performing Arts, Cambridge (Canada): During my apprenticeship: Choreographer of “Young Messiah” pilot. Singing/ Ballet / Jazz dance tutor
PERFORMING ARTS TRAINING
2009 PointZero Physical Theatre Devising and Directing Course
2004 Institute of Physical Theatre, Vienna Directors Course
1997/00 Laban Dance Centre, Morley College, London: Contemporary and Jazz Dance
1999 The Academy Drama School, London: LAMDA course
1993-94 Theatre & Company, Ontario, Canada: Classical acting & theatre apprenticeship including: performance, assistant stage-manager, assistant choreographer, lighting, office administration, front of house, publicity.
1992 Academy of Performing Arts (Ontario): Intensive acting/theatre studies for professionals including acting skills, improvisation, scene and monologue studies, directing, professional foundations and theatre studies.
1991 Dust and Diamonds Dance Co. modern dance
1991-94 Cambridge Dance Theatre School (Canada): ISTD Jazz dance (Advanced)
1986-90 Oxford School of Dance: ISTD Jazz (Intermediate)
1974-88 Classical Singing tuition, Bedford and Oxford
1964-79 Brooklyn School of Dance, Bedford: RAD/IDTA: Ballet, Modern Stage
2011 PointZero Physical Theatre: Cafe Life: performance of monologues, poetry.
2009-10 TouchPoint Ensemble – own play readings and pilots: For the Love of Grace (including Film pilot), Pandora’s Box, Desperately Seeking, Wise Baby; Murder Most Luxiourious (murder mystery). Performance of various short Monologues/Scenes in community programmes.
2007 Fusion Ensemble (Vienna): “Faces” - (by Mary Scott) Role of Graziella, Theater des Augenblicks.
2006 Fusion Ensemble “Dresden” – (by Ian Leonard): Role of “Marie” (the doctor), Interkulttheater, Vienna
2004 “Top of the Popes” - Musical Comedy (Vienna): Role of “Mutter Oberstin” (actress/singer - German) Interkulttheater
2001-02 “Faces” - Musical Theatre Pilot Project (Vienna): Role of Mary (lead role – actress/singer)
2000-07 Bring the Arts to Life (Annual Austrian arts conference) Solo performances of monologues and musical theatre pieces
1997-99 The XL Project (London): TIE theatre and dance productions.
1995 The Metro Players (London): “Noises Off” (Michael Frayn) - role of Poppy
1992-94 Canadian Broadcasting Co. Film and TV Appearances, incl: “ENG”, “Secret Service”, “One”, “The Laurencia Bembenek story”.
1994 Two’s Company Theatre Duo (Queensland, Australia): Schools Theatre Tour
1994 Theatre & Company (Canada): “The Light Princess” - role of “Hum Drum”
1993 Diakonos Physical Theatre debut performance: Academy show & tour of North East USA: mime, song, physical theatre, dance.
1992 Ontario Place, (Toronto): Guest solo dance performance. Sanderson Centre, (Toronto): Guest duet dance performance
1992 Academy of Performing Arts (Canada) Mime Theatre Group: Tour of UK – mime and dance shows.
1992 Theatre & Company (Canada): “Tales of the Kingdom” (Stuart Scadron-Wattles) - actress/singer/dancer
1991 Dust and Diamonds Dance Company (Canada): Guest appearance (dance)
1990 Mime Theatrix (Oxford): UK. Tour of “On the Edge” – song, dance, mime show
1984 Brookes University Oxford: MIL Dip. German. RSA Dip. German/Secretarial.
1979 A’Levels: English, German, General Studies
1977 O’Levels: Eight passes including Maths and English