Jo

I was a very shy child with a small voice but a huge imagination. When I was nine my Mum took me to see Swan Lake and I was instantly hooked on the magic of theatre and creative storytelling. It was suggested that drama might help me find my feet and after my first class I never looked back. I attended every Saturday, joined a youth theatre company and at eighteen left home to train as an actor.

After graduating with a BA Hons in Theatre Arts I knew I wanted to teach. Over eighteen years and three children later, I have acted with, directed and taught children and young people of all ages, with different backgrounds and experiences. I have directed many times for the Norfolk’s Schools Opera Project, was Artistic Director of the professional Actors Company and am currently Deputy Director at the Norwich Theatre Royal Arts Course.

I started Little People’s Drama Company because I believe passionately in the benefits of creative education and the life long skills good drama teaching can provide. I love watching our little people explore and grow through drama and creative play and always look forward to the new and exciting things they discover in every session.

Suzy

After Kermit the Frog, drama was my first love. I went to both drama and speech classes twice a week for 10 years and during that time I met Jo.

Since then I have developed and managed several businesses both locally and internationally, including those in the talent sector, I’ve embraced the wonder of becoming a mother and step-mother too. I am now using my 20year business experience to expand and promote Little People’s Drama Company and love what I do.

I organise the day to day business management, admin and promotion, leaving class planning, syllabus and teaching to the professionals. You’ll see me dashing in and out of classes taking photos, saying ‘hi’ and seeking the joy of watching our students faces light up and their imaginations spark with all the thrill that drama brings.

We have high aspirations for Little People’s Drama Company and passionately believe that what we do and the quality of how we deliver it would be embraced not only in many other areas of the UK but internationally too. Most important though is that every child loves each class. It’s all about the moment.

 

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Ashleigh

I have years of performing experience in both acting and dance and in 2008 I graduated from East 15 Acting School.

I lived in London as an actress for a few years and whilst in between acting jobs, I began working in Nurseries. It was here I realised I had another hidden passion …. working with young children. Having moved back to my home town of Norwich, I qualified in Early years at a Post Graduate level, have become a mum and am delighted to be able to now merge my skills at Little Peoples Drama!

I look forward to meeting your little people soon.

 

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Gabby

I grew up in Norwich and always enjoyed theatre and music at school, but it was a bit later that I decided I was going to try and make it my profession. I trained at drama school and worked for several years as an actor, touring the UK and abroad in plays from classical Shakespeare to contemporary comedy.

I then became the Programme Manager for the arts charity Poet in the City, a fantastic role which combined my love of literature with performing for live audiences.

I oversaw an annual programme of literary events in venues across London, often hosting on stage and performing poetry, and working with some wonderful poets and actors.

I returned to Norwich almost two years ago, coming home to rediscover a city brimming with arts and culture. I’m really excited to be working with Little People’s Drama, particularly as I now have a little person of my own who loves going on amazing adventures!

 

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Grace

From as young as I can remember, performing has been my biggest love. You could always rely on me to be putting on shows, singing and dancing, or telling stories for family and friends no matter what the occasion. From playing Mary in Nursery Nativity plays, to putting on Spice Girls renditions in my front room (little me playing all 5 parts, of course), performing instantly became my middle name.

At the age of 6, I joined the NTR Arts Course, and it was from there that my skills and passions began to flourish. With 10 years of extremely fond memories under my belt, I continued into the Arts Course Youth Theatre, making friends who became more like family, and securing my desire to pursue performing as a career. I graduated in 2017 with a first class honours degree in Drama, and subsequently pursued a post-graduate research degree, combining a passion for both research and practice, and investigating the ways in which theatre is used to rehabilitate communities.

Over the last two years I have taught Musical Theatre to children across the ages. This role enables me to both inspire and empower young people through passions of my own, but more so enables me to be a bit of a big kid again myself, singing, dancing, and having a huge deal of fun on a weekly basis. I am keen to pursue my career in children’s theatre, and working with Little People’s Drama will provide me with a perfect platform to do so! I can’t wait to get stuck in, and see where our adventures take us!

 

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Michelle

I have always loved telling stories. I used to put on shows with my brother and sister when we were very little and I was lucky to go to a tiny village school where everything was taught through play.

Throughout school, I made the most of every opportunity to perform and to encouraged my friends to join in too! At college, I choreographed my first musical. This led me to apply to drama school where I studied Drama, Applied Theatre and Education. Since graduating in 2011, I have been lucky to work with some amazing artists and companies including, Polka Theatre, Stratford Circus, Shakespeare Schools Festival, Rose Bruford Youth Theatre and Tender Education and Arts.

As well as working as a drama practitioner, I am a director, choreographer and have just finished writing my first children’s book.

When I left London and decided to move home, I was nervous that I’d struggle to find companies that shared my love of using theatre for education, bringing people together and helping children to develop in confidence. When I found Little People’s, I realised that I needn’t have worried.

 

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Owen

When I was 7 years old my Mother sent me to drama club because I was shy, she hoped it might help build my confidence, and encourage me to make friends. It did exactly that, I fell in love with performing and creating, and went on to join the National Youth Theatre of Wales, before training as an actor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

After graduating I moved to London and performed in numerous productions from fringe theatres to the west end. I soon discovered that the shows I loved the most were the ones that made people laugh, so I began to focus more and more on comedy, I’ve written and performed seven comedy shows for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, performed sketches on BBC Radio, and appeared on Comic Relief.

However after 10 years of working in comedy the thing that makes me laugh the most is my children. Kids have an impossibly creative Imagination and if given the right encouragement can make pure magic. In 2018 I devised a comedy show with my 6 year old daughter, the idea was that whatever she wrote I had to perform. It was so much fun, the show enjoyed a sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, before transferring to the Soho Theatre in London.

I am really excited to be working with Little People’s Drama Company, to help give children the same opportunities to express themselves that I was given as a child, and also to be a part of the wonderful stories they create.

 

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Sharon

As a child, I was quiet, shy and retiring- unless I was playing with my teddies and dressing up things. I discovered Drama quite accidentally, at the age of 16, when I had a gap to fill on my A level timetable! I went on to train as a teacher with Drama as one of my mains. Working with Nursery and Infant age children, I loved the fact that play and learning could go hand in hand. Learning through discovery and particularly through the Arts was always something I worked hard to promote, particularly as a Headteacher.

In a different career direction I worked, for over 10 years, as a tutor on the Theatre Royal Arts Course and have now been a Foster Carer for 16 years. I also perform with a local physical theatre company and love nothing more than working and playing with others to lose and discover ourselves all at the same time!

I am so impressed with what The Little People’s Drama Company offers and am really excited to be working with them. I can’t wait to meet and work with you and your little people. Dressing up and adventures are calling to me once again!