Information About Jess - Bloomsbury teacher - (6 reviews)
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Acting / Drama
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) where I also made regular appearances at the ADC Theatre. 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.
I hold an LRAM Teaching Qualification (specialist subject singing training) from the Royal Academy of Music, and have over 6 years' experience working as a private tutor and over a decade's worth experience working as a childcare assistant.
I have 6 years' experience working as an academic tutor, 15 years' experience working with young children, and 5 years' experience working as a drama coach and self-confidence course leader. I have worked with individuals and large groups in the UK, France and Japan, with children and adults aged 3-50s. 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-10 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.
I work with students to help them find their unique skills in drama and performance. 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 - just taking part and offering up an opinion is 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. More than anything, I try to encourage my students to gain confidence in their subject, and confidence communicating their unique ideas.
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Additional Languages: French, Japanese
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Royal Academy of Music (2016) - MA Musical Theatre (Distinction) (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
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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!