Information About Josey - Cardiff teacher
Acting / Drama
Hello! My name is Josey . I'm a third year undergraduate student of English Literature at Cardiff University. I am originally from London, but I've been living in Cardiff for two years - so I know my way around!
I have worked extensively with children and young adults in youth theatre as an assistant, later as a director and finally as a youth group leader. My work has included basic drama therapy and workshops for young people, as well as assisting a drama group for young people with disabilities. I have also directed more intense workshops and productions for young adults, and would consider drama to be my primary area of expertise.
My work in youth theatre has focused mainly on bringing the work of well-known drama practitioners such as Brecht, Stanislavsky and Artaud to young people in order to introduce them to different methods of practicing theatre. I have run workshops on the theory and practice of these practitioners, as well as on the reading and performance of Shakespeare and the plays of April de Angelis and Timberlake Wertenbaker. I have also assisted on workshops to do with staging musical theatre.
My work in Shakespeare includes voice training from a graduate of Central School of Speech and Drama, physical training from a graduate of the Rambert Ballet School and former Guildford School of Acting tutor, as well as coaching auditionees on their speeches and directing full-length productions. My most recent production as director was Shakespeare's 'Measure For Measure', which showed at Chapter Arts Centre.
My other work in theatre includes stage management for regional musical tours and understudy work. I am also the founder and artistic director of a theatre company which will begin producing original work in 2012/13. Past productions include: 'The Actor's Nightmare' by Christopher Durang (an absurdist comedy) and my own adaptation of 'Wuthering Heights' which will premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August (2012).
Regarding teaching creative writing, I am currently in the 3rd year of an English Literature degree and engaging with different forms of literature every day. I consider myself competent not only as a critic but as a writer - my work is mainly in play-writing but I would be happy to offer advice and constructive criticism to the regular writer, and encouragement to those wanting to dip their toes into the field of creative writing.
When it comes to teaching drama, I emphasise the practical nature of theatre above all else! Drama should be fun, tiring and absorbing, and I strive to engage with my students on a practical as well as an intellectual level.
When running workshops, I follow a basic and flexible structure, which starts off with physical warmups and games geared towards an understanding of the theme of the workshop, followed by discussion and practical implementation of the processes being explored. I guide students towards free, open and highly engaged discussion as well as performance.
When coaching auditionees on their speeches, I offer help and advice in every aspect; from choosing speeches to actually performing them. As a director I can also offer helpful hints on how to combat nerves and make a good impression in the audition room! My vocal training can help with anxiety and projection problems as well.
When teaching creative writing, I don't want to set students a task each week such as 'write a sonnet' - I'd much rather work with them on what they're interested in! I can offer my services as a critic and editor at every stage of writing as well as helping my students to build up the confidence to write what they feel.
(Regarding travel distance: I do not hold a driver's license so unfortunately my ability to travel is limited by bus and train services! I am more than happy to walk if I can.)
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- Cardiff University (2013) - BA English Literature (pending) (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- Esher College (2009) - Classical Civilisation - Grade A (College) (✘ Not On File)
- Esher College (2009) - English Literature - Grade A (College) (✘ Not On File)
- Esher College (2009) - Drama & Theatre Studies - Grade A (College) (✘ Not On File)