I first became involved with the Barbican Theatre in 2015 when I played Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and immediately I knew that it was exactly the sort of theatre I wanted to work with more and more.
Theatre has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. I started acting at the age of 5 with The Raleigh School of Speech and Drama in Plymouth and it very quickly became my whole world. I never wanted to be or do anything except work within theatre and I feel incredibly lucky to still be doing it after all of these years.
I eventually went on to train with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and worked with them for a number of years before completing my training as a professional actor at Drama Studio London.
After graduating I lived in London for 10 years working extensively as an actor, in the theatre and on television, before I decided to re-locate back down to Devon – originally I only intended to stay for a few months, but I quickly realised how much I’d missed our beautiful area and I’ve stayed here ever since.
My first experience working with children was quite early on in my career, touring schools within theatre-in-education companies. After this I led Shakespeare workshops into secondary schools for the Royal and Derngate Theatre in Northampton, and through watching the impact it had on the students, I discovered a love of working with young people through drama. I then travelled to New York where I worked in their prestigious summer theatre school – Stagedoor Manor.
I have freelanced as a drama practitioner since moving back to Plymouth. I have worked in performing arts schools: Italia Conti, Classique Academy and Grace Academy and have toured schools with Bigfoot Arts. I am also a LAMDA Speech and Drama teacher and am currently the resident LAMDA teacher at Stover School in Newton Abbot.
I was so thrilled to be asked to join the Practitioner team at the Barbican. I feel passionately about drama education. Every day I see the benefits of what it can do for young people. The work I see the children do at the Barbican is truly special. They are allowed to flourish here. They are not simply attached onto a professional theatre, they are part of our family, a massive part, and I believe it is a truly safe place for these children to explore and embrace their unique and wonderful selves.