I am a native English speaker from England and I speak with a “BBC accent”. I have more than 25 years experience teaching English and drama in a wide variety of educational contexts. Though I teach in the target language, I am a fluent French speaker (C1), with a basic knowledge of Spanish.
My first career was in theatre and television, working variously as an actor, writer, producer, and location sound mixer. I bring this experience to my private teaching work, making me particularly suited to coaching and supporting professionals working in the creative sector. For creatives wanting to work in the English speaking entertainment industry, I offer a range of classes and workshops: audition coaching, voice training, performance skills, and show-reel production. I can also advise you on that screenplay or play script you’re writing.
I hold a PGCE from London University, Institute of Education, starting my teaching career as an ESOL, E2L, and MFL teacher in secondary schools in central London. I later specialised in literacy, and teaching students with dyslexia. More recently, I have taught English as a second language to adult students, both individually and in small groups at Berlitz. For the last two years, I have been teaching English to full classes of students, aged 11-18 at the European School, in Brussels.
In 2008 I started a series of projects, encouraging young people to get involved in live performance, and training them to be professional actors. This eventually became THE PROJECT, a theatre and film company founded by director/writer Ray Harrison Graham and myself. We produced a ground-breaking theatre piece, based on the lives of the young participants, called The Girls, that played in at theatres in London and Brighton.