I am a 31-year-old Actor/Singer who works at a long-running show in London, and I also have my own theatre company. For the past three years I have been touring internationally in Europe as well as China and Japan with a Shakespeare company.
My educational background is at the University of St. Andrews where I completed two degrees in Mediaeval History and Philosophy, where I specialised in Philosophy of Religion and in Ethics. I then did a masters in Musical Theatre in Glasgow, after which I slowly built my artistic career over several years while tutoring. I am now at a stage where I am comfortably working as a performer, but I miss tutoring as it gives me an opportunity to work with young people on the verge of beginning either their higher educational life or their working life, which is an incredibly important and exciting time.
I have been performing with an internationally touring Shakespeare company for the past three years, and sing nightly in a show in Central London.
I have four years of extensive tutoring experience mostly with AS and A2 Philosophy and Religious Studies, although I am also able to tutor AS and A2 16th Century History.
My work with my theatre company puts me solidly in a position of leadership and I often find myself coaching professional singers in acting and movement; usually how to Channel their energy and how to clearly demonstrate changes of thought. for the international Company I perform shakepeare for, I am often involved in the casting on the music side, and regularly music captain and musical direct for the Company. This usually involves helping professional actors getting the most out of their singing voices in solo and ensemble pieces.
In my tutoring I encourage students to take a critical approach to philosophical problems from a place of genuine understanding, which begins by going deliberately and thoroughly over each topic. Often I find students come to me with only a vague understanding of certain topics because their teachers have had such limited time to go over such a broad variety of topics with them. I focus on making difficult topics like Kant's moral theory and Utilitarianism accessible, and encourage students to write in their own words rather than borrowing phrases from textbooks. This kind of work proves invaluable not only when writing philosophy/Religious Studies essays but in writing any essays, and indeed, in speaking and debating in general. I take time to help students learn how to form arguments, and how to express their own opinions in a clear and engaging way.
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|University of St. Andrews||2008||Bachelors||MA Mediaeval History and Philosophy|
|University of St. Andrews||2009||Masters||Mlitt Philosophy|
|Royal Conservatoire Scotland||2010||Masters||Musical Theatre|
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