Drama - Meet the Team
Meet the Team
Our Head of Drama Claire Davies graduated from Exeter University with a First Class Degree. A large part of her degree was based around Applied Drama and Drama within Education. She sees first-hand the positive influence that Drama and The Arts can have upon a student and she feels privileged to be able to share these experiences with her students. She has a passion for Musical Theatre and the big school show is a highlight of the year for her. However, she also enjoys the little victories, watching students grow into confident performers and developing a love of theatre.
Charlotte graduated from Bristol University with a 2:1 in Theatre, Film and Television. She then moved to London and worked for a number of different Independent Film production companies, including Working Title Films and Calamity Films. Whilst living and working in London, Charlotte worked with young people from Billy Elliot the Musical. It was this experience that inspired Charlotte to take her PGCE course and pursue a career in teaching. Charlotte's favourite aspect of being a Drama teacher is when she sees someone take a risk, step out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves beyond what they think they are capable of.
Our Dance and Drama teacher Alice Luke graduated from Northampton University with a Dance and Psychology degree. A large part of her degree was looking at how dance can improve a child’s wellbeing which she now has the pleasure of seeing through her teaching. Alice is also our dedicated Costume Mistress, costuming all the big school productions and all the assessed pieces throughout the academic year.
Emily is one of our freelance LAMDA teachers. She graduated from Coventry University with a 2:1 in Theatre and Professional Practice. She then went to live in Australia and had the opportunity to work professionally in the industry. Emily returned to the UK to complete her PGCE and has since then been teaching Drama in Prep and Senior schools, both in England and the Middle East, for 8 years. Throughout her career to date, Emily has thoroughly enjoyed teaching a vast range of the LAMDA qualifications. She believes that LAMDA enables pupils to grow in confidence and develop their communication skills and she loves being part of this process. Emily will be joining us on a part-time basis as she completes a Master’s in Education at the University of Exeter.
Caroline is one of our freelance LAMDA teachers, As an experienced Drama teacher, she has enjoyed working with students performing in a wide variety of theatrical, acting styles and genres. She loves supporting students to contribute in every aspect, from the earliest devising and shaping of ideas in collaboration, to the many elements of performance production. She is passionate about exploring all human stories, what drives the characters we portray, and helping students to explore the limitless possibilities in conveying them. LAMDA is such an enriching part of school life and can be creatively transformative as it increases confidence, in articulating ideas and showcasing talent.
Roxanne Watson started dancing from a young age including; Ballroom, Latin and Disco. Her passion for dance continued; she studied A level dance and she graduated with a BSc in psychology with dance. Her aim is to ensure children are provided with a happy and supportive atmosphere where they can flourish and use dance as a form of expression. She believes children should have the opportunity to express themselves through movement. To quote Isadora Duncan ‘movements are as eloquent as words’. Roxanne enjoys following the research by Dr Lovatt, a psychologist specialising in dance. Dance and movement are found to increase pro social behaviour, improve mood and change the way children solve problems. Therefore, dance can be beneficial in enhancing the experience of education, health and well-being of children.