I am a professional actor and graduate from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and have been working in the private tuition industry as an English and Drama tutor for ten years. For the past six months I have undertaken the role of Drama teacher in an Outstanding private school, on top of my existing role as resident LAMDA teacher; this meant I had a wonderful balance between one-on-one tuition and larger class teaching. Before drama school I worked as a Primary School teaching assistant and drama teacher for two years, after graduating from King's College London with a 2:1. I am a confident and enthusiastic individual, and as an experienced dramatic performer and director, I enjoy effectively using these skills to aid children in their learning, leading to a warm, encouraging and happy learning atmosphere. I rapidly and easily create positive, personal relationships with colleagues and children, and believe education should be a creative and inclusive experience for all.
Mayfield School for Girls (Sep 2017 - Present)
Drama & LAMDA Teacher
As the resident LAMDA teacher at this outstanding private secondary school, I coach students one-on-one and in duologue pairs in both Acting and Verse and Prose examinations: this year, 90% of my students received a Distinction, and the other 10%, a Merit.
I teach acting technique: vocal diction and projection, variation in pitch and tone, as well as encouraging my students' natural talents of interpretation to achieve an original and excellent performance.
I conduct warm ups, and take students through the process of working on monologues and duologues, including creating effective proxemics, body language, movement and vocal performance.
I enable my students to create fully realised and believable characters by educating them on the plays their characters come from, and the historical and authorial context that influences the plays.
I have also undertaken the role of Drama Teacher at this school, teaching the whole of Years 7, 8 and 9 and one GCSE Year 10 class. I naturally respond well to larger groups of children, and love the challenges of classroom teaching as much as my one-on-one work.
With my Year 7s I have focused on story-telling work; Year 8s: comedy and Shakespeare, and with Year 9 I have covered drama practitioners such as Stanislavski and Brecht
I plan and prepare each lesson and ensure the students understand the lesson objective and assess their progress throughout the year constantly.
I also encourage independent learning in my classes and emphasise the importance of peer assessment.
I guided my Year 10 GCSE class through their devised drama GCSE performance, and the editing of their coursework logbooks: I balance my classes between practical and theoretical exam work to reflect the demands of the syllabus.
I delivered workshops on the techniques of practitioners such as Brecht, Berkoff, Frantic Assembly to ensure my GCSE group had ample performance techniques to choose from whilst devising their pieces. I used my own knowledge of these practitioners from my experience at Drama School and from six years in the acting industry, a well as taking part in workshops myself (on Berkoff and Frantic Assembly); I am constantly developing my skills and knowledge in order to deliver better lessons.
I directed the Lower School Production, liaising with the school, organising rehearsals, costumes, props, set, and ensuring a good time was had by all, resulting in a fantastic final performance.
Self-employed (Sep 2008 - Present)
In contrast to my secondary and primary school classroom teaching experience, my private tutoring allows me to help young people of an older age and greater intellectual development further their learning.
I teach English Literature and Language, History, Theatre Studies and Classical Studies, from Primary, to GCSE and A-Level, Degree level and beyond.
I also teach LAMDA and Trinity syllabuses privately.
I aid my students in improving their essay structure, spelling and grammar and discussing key thematic and conceptual elements of their required texts.
I plan and prepare lessons and constantly assess students, ensuring they receive high quality tutorage.
Many of my students conduct their lessons online and I am able to accommodate this easily, with my extension knowledge of online study tools.
Dog Kennel Hill Primary School (Oct 2008 – July 2010)
Teaching Assistant & Special Needs Support
I worked in a Year One class in this south London school and thrived on aiding the children with their literacy, reading and speaking skills as well as exploring numeracy work.
I led certain lessons including story time and circle time, and directed the infant school Christmas play,
I supported key groups of children within the class and was able to use my initiative to plan, deliver and assess their learning in order to encourage progression.
I have taken courses in Early Literacy Support, encouraging creative and inclusive teaching especially for children with English as an additional language and complex special needs children. I also have training in “Letters and Sounds” Phonics, and “A First Workshop on Autism”.
During the afternoon session, I supported a child in Year Two with Autism. I planned and prepared all his lessons, working towards targets which I and the class teacher set for him; these included phonics, counting and social skills. I used music as a reward system for the boy, and his singing greatly improved his speech quality and communication skills. I have extensive training in Autistic Spectrum Conditions, undertaken with Southwark, covering various aspects including history, sensory integration and behavioural management.
I worked with various children with complex special needs within school, including children with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and Galactosemia, and have worked closely with speech and language therapists and learning mentors.
Stage Coach Theatre Arts (Jan 2009 – July 2010)
Early Years & Drama Teacher
I worked in the Beckenham Junction branch of Stage Coach: using games and prepared resources, I taught my Early Stages children elementary levels of dance, drama and singing, allowing them to develop their confidence levels both on and off the stage. I have written and directed several productions for the children to perform over the year, showcasing their talents to their proud parents.
I was also the resident drama teacher for the elder children aged six to sixteen. Through games, improvisation and text work, my students were encouraged to enjoy and improve their passion and talent for theatre in an open and safe environment.
With ten years of tuition experience, you can tell I have a real passion for the job. I think it is essential that people, both young and old, can be offered tailored learning techniques to further their understanding. I'm fun, positive and very upbeat, but firm when I need to be! I believe the key is building up a good and trusting relationship with students and parents alike. I'm incredibly proud of all my students!
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|References Available||On File|
|Bristol Old Vic Theatre School||2012||Professional||PG Diploma in Professional Acting|
|Norwich High School||2004||School||AS-Levels: History: B|
|Norwich High School||2005||School||A-Levels: English Literature: A, Classical Studies: A, Theatre Studies, A|
|King's College London||2008||Bachelors||BA Honours in English Literature & Language|
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