Information About Jess - Bloomsbury teacher - (12 reviews)
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Acting / Drama
Best Actress (nom) - The Stage Debut Awards 2017
MA Musical Theatre - Royal Academy of Music 2016
Diploma of Musical Theatre - RAM 2016
LRAM (Licentiate of RAM to teach) - RAM 2019
BA Japanese - University of Cambridge 2014
I am a professional actor on stage and screen (Royal Lyceum Theatre, CBBC). I trained at the Royal Academy of Music (MA Musical Theatre, Distinction) after completing an undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge (BA Japanese, Double First Class). In September 2017, I was nominated for Best Actress at The Stage Debut Awards for my role as Alice in Anthony Neilson's Alice in Wonderland (2016).
I offer individual and group drama and self-confidence training for a variety of students: from LAMDA exams to public speaking and presentation skills for business and interviews, drama school entrance training and self-confidence and English through drama workshops. Over the past year, I have honed my online lessons and can assure you that remote drama training can be just as effective and engaging as in-person sessions. My LAMDA students have taken Zoom and in-person exams, and all have received a distinction grade.
I hold an LRAM Teaching Qualification (specialist subjects Theatre / Musical Theatre) from the Royal Academy of Music. I have over 9 years of experience working as a private tutor and over 15 years of experience working as a childcare assistant.
I have 9 years of experience working as an academic tutor, 15 years of experience working with young children, and 7 years of experience working as a drama coach and self-confidence course leader. I have worked with individuals and large groups in the UK, Japan and France, with children and adults aged 2-50s. I have always been an active performer, and the confidence and communication skills that this has afforded me heavily influence my approach to tutoring.
I grew up in a house that doubled as a childcare centre, playing with, caring for and providing homework support for children aged just a few months-12 years old. I began tutoring professionally during a year spent in Japan, working through several agencies as well as taking on private students. During my 4th year at Cambridge, I lead a drama tour of Japan, both performing in a Shakespeare production, and leading English-and-Self-Confidence-Through-Drama workshops for Japanese students.
After I graduated from my BA, I began taking on more private students in the UK, starting with Japanese and EFL and moving onto drama and Musical Theatre when I began training at the Royal Academy of Music. As part of my MA degree, I studied for an LRAM teaching qualification, specialising in Singing and Vocal Production. I teach an Estill style of singing and voice work, relying on the science of vocal production to inform my lessons.
Other elements of my MA covered accent work and physical theatre. For part of my final project, I developed a teachable guide to self-confidence through non-verbal communication methods. This now deeply informs the way I tutor, and provides part of the basis of the self-confidence workshops I lead for groups and individuals.
I am resident drama coach for the Keio-Downing Japanese summer school that runs each year at Downing College, Cambridge, providing self-confidence and drama courses for the students. I also have experience leading drama courses for early years students from Spain, Japan and the UK.
I offer singing, Musical Theatre, elocution, presentation skills / public speaking and LAMDA lessons for students of all ages and backgrounds.
My sessions are now exclusively online. I offer training for LAMDA exams (Acting / Speaking Verse and Prose), as well as less structured drama and voice classes for students looking to have fun and improve their general self confidence and presentation skills. I also provide more targeted elocution and presentation sessions.
It has become more important than ever for younger and older learners to engage confidently with the world around them, both remotely and in-person. The past year has pushed me, as a tutor, to develop a strong set of engaging, effective lesson materials that work online. I am pleased to say that this has been a highly successful year for my students, and each individual has continued to thrive and grow using online platforms to learn.
I am here to help my students unlock their unique skills and performance style. In both language learning and Drama, I believe that confidence is key. I hope to help my students never hold back in fear of making a mistake - taking part and offering up an opinion is always a valuable response, whatever form that takes.
I am naturally talkative and confident, but having worked with a wide variety of students, I know that some students feel intimidated by a tutor who pushes them to overly "express themselves". My LRAM training emphasised to me the importance of letting my students take the lead - through listening carefully to their motivations, ideas and goals, I can shape sessions that feel fulfilling to them, rather than sticking to a one-size-fits-all syllabus.
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Additional Languages: French, Japanese
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Royal Academy of Music (2019) - LRAM: Licentiate of Royal Academy of Music to Teach (Professional) (✔ On File)
- Royal Academy of Music (2016) - Diploma of the Royal Academy of Music (Professional) (✔ On File)
- Royal Academy of Music (2016) - MA Musical Theatre (Distinction) (Masters) (✔ On File)
- University of Cambridge (2014) - BA Japanese (double first) (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
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Although she has taken the time to put together a clear learning pathway, Jess takes the time to focus on any information you bring to the session. It keeps me passionate and excited to meet with Jess on a bi-weekly basis - I know I’ll come away from the session with exactly what I wanted to know!
Beyond that, Jess is extremely warm, intelligent and caring - she’ll always take the time to check in, and then help to translate those activities to Japanese!
Jess’ sessions always feel like catching up with a friend, but I walk away realising I walk away with all the information I wanted to know. She truly is the definition of a ‘sensei.’
I couldn’t recommend Jess enough. Thank you Jess!
A Well structured lesson, combined with a passion for the history and culture of Japan, Jess breathes new life into teaching languages.
Her flexibility and understanding of costs is what put her above other tutors in this field, awaiting lesson three, and already i am really enjoying the experience!
Highly recommend Jess as a tutor!