Where did you grow up?
University of Warwick, where I studied Theatre & Performance Studies as my BA (hons) and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where I gained an MA in Drama Directing.
Your previous place of work and role:
Freelance Theatre Director, Practitioner and Choreographer. I have worked with Royal & Derngate, Bristol Old Vic and Nottingham Playhouse, to name a few. My roles have varied from directing and producing large scale community and outreach arts programmes, to working on professional productions. I enjoyed directing pieces of new writing, where I would work with emerging writers to develop their plays.
What are you most looking forward to about joining King’s Ely?
Having worked as a self-employed freelancer, I am very much looking forward to being part of an incredibly lively community and getting to know the staff and students. I can’t wait to begin working with the pupils to create some brilliantly imaginative and challenging theatre!
Hobbies/interests outside of school:
I love surfing, hiking and theatre. I also really enjoy health and well-being as a qualified group fitness instructor in my spare time too!
Unfortunately not at present but, as a child, I had a hamster called Chocolate and two fish named Bubbles and Swimmy.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Since dancing from a young age, performance and the arts were areas of keen interest. I did at one point consider a career as a physiotherapist working with ballet dancers. However, as I began studying drama at GCSE and A-level, it quickly became clear that this was a career I wanted to pursue. I feel very lucky to be working within the arts and theatre industries.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
The ability to control the weather with my mind; I do a lot of outdoor activities, so this would be very useful!
What was the last book you read?
‘Persuasion’ by Jane Austen (I love the old classics!)
What song are you most likely to sing at a karaoke?
‘Summer Nights’ from Grease!
What is your favourite film?
‘Roman Holiday’ with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.
Do you have any phobias or fears?
Jellyfish – I was stung by one once and ever since then I’ve been quite terrified of them!
Name three things you would want with you if stranded on a desert island for a week:
A toothbrush, a good book and probably a survival expert like Bear Grylls or Ray Mears!