Information About Darren - Waltham Forest teacher
Acting / Drama
I am a founding member of MAD 'ED THEATRE and have over 20 years worth of experience, participating in and leading theatre based arts projects and have appeared in numerous stage plays and on television. Early experience and training was gained, amongst others, working with Willpower Youth Theatre and STAGES. I underwent LAMDA acting examinations and have taught LAMDA for several years. I completed undergraduate and post-graduate qualifications at Manchester Metropolitan University, as well as spending a semester at the University of East London where I underwent additional director training.
In the past, I was co-artistic director of JuJu Theatre Company and Youth Theatre, as well as Artistic Director of Guide Bridge Theatre. I have experience of staging work in a broad range of settings and in a variety of styles, primarily in Manchester, Chester and London. Directorial credits include Enter THE Night (Axis Arts Centre); Jack and the Beanstalk, The Crucible (John Prescott Theatre); The Visit (Ellesmere Port Civic Hall); Doctor Faustus, The Laramie Project (the Gateway Studio Theatre); The Killing of Sister George (Guide Bridge Theatre); A Dollâs House (UEL); Love and Information, Mogadishu, A Christmas Carol, Attempts on Her Life (Sarah Siddons Theatre); Hope Springs (Whitby Studio); In Bloom (Etcetera Theatre). I am currently directing college students towards a production for National Theatre Connections 2015 as well as leading on development of Diagnosis X63 and My Old Man for MAD 'ED THEATRE.
I have been described as âa unique theatre director who has an aptitude for bringing out exceptional performancesâ (Lisa Marie Trump, Chief Executive for UK Centre for Carnival Arts) and a director who creates âinteresting, inspiring and hugely entertaining workâ (Angie Berwick, Production Manager at ABER Lighting).
As well as being an experienced actor and director, I am an experienced lecturer working in tertiary and participatory theatre education and training. I currently teach at City of Westminster College, where I am also an Advanced Educational Practitioner and where I manage the Level 3 provision in Performing Arts, as well as the A-Level in Drama and Theatre Studies. I joined City of Westminster College in 2012, after teaching for several years at West Cheshire College. I also works freelance for Pearson as a Standards Verifier, monitoring the quality of performing arts provision in schools and colleges, being allocated a substantial annual portfolio. My role as an Advanced Practitioner recognises me as being an "outstanding" teacher.
I am extremely patient and work hard to design activities that keep learners active and engaged. I take every opportunity to embed additional soft and employability skills, so that the learning is holistic.
A good teacher keeps his learners safe and is able to manage self-esteem which in turn aids improvement.
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (evenings)
References Available: No (✘ Not On File)
- University of East London (2013) - Theatre Director Training CPD (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
- Institute for Learning (2011) - QTLS (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
- Manchester Metropolitan University (2007) - PGCE (PGCE) (✘ Not On File)
- Manchester Metropolitan University (2006) - Drama (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)