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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Alisha

The first show I was ever involved with was at the age of 6. I was cast in the title role, The Grumpy Sheep, and I’ve had a love for acting and singing ever since.

I was a member of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain for around 5 years as a teen, and have performed at venues all across the country including 3 BBC Prom performances at the Royal Albert Hall. I decided I wanted to pursue acting professionally, and at 21 I graduated with a BA Hons degree in Acting. I then spent a few years teaching singing/dance/drama to children across Bristol and Bath, and realised how much I loved it!

I have continued to teach since moving home to Norfolk, and work for a range of companies teaching both Drama and Singing, all whilst pursuing my own acting career. Most recently, I performed in a sold out 5 star run of a new show at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and have just come home from another great run at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia.

I believe drama builds confidence and enhances life skills, and that is my goal when teaching. You don’t need to be the next Meryl Streep to benefit from all the great opportunities and transferable skills drama lessons can offer!

 

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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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Hannah

Most of my early childhood was spent dressing up and putting on shows with my siblings in the garden. Visitors to our house were, of course, forced into watching hours of performances I had created and noisily directed between naps and mouthfuls of digestive biscuits!

Keen to channel this enthusiasm, and have a minute’s peace, my parents enrolled me on the Theatre Royal Arts Course in Norwich at the age of nine. Drama soon became something I loved and I felt my confidence growing. At 16 I joined the Theatre Royal’s resident Youth Company where I auditioned and participated in a wide range of shows for several years. This fed my love of performance and enabled me to pursue drama at a higher educational level, achieving a diploma in the Performing Arts.

For the last two years I travelled Australia and it was here I discovered a love for working with young children. I worked as a nanny on a farm in the middle of the outback, looking after three wonderful children. We spent countless hours putting on shows, singing and dancing, just as I did as a child.

Now back in my hometown of Norwich, and with a keen interest in exploring and producing children’s theatre, I am delighted to be working with Little People’s Drama Company and look forward to creating adventures with your little people!

 

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Laura

I’ve always loved making up stories since I can remember. Being brought up in the Lake District, I was often out and about, building forts or climbing trees pretending to be Tarzan.

Since I was young, I can remember being the entertainer for the kids at parties. I would invent games or make up dances to teach and for some reason they listened to 8yr old me.

Fast forward 10 years and I was lucky to get a place at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts to study Acting. Upon graduating, I performed in A LOT of Shakespeare, so much so I would add “Ye Olde” and “thou” to pretty much any sentence.

I am passionate about creating new work and in 2017 I wrote, produced and performed in my first play at the N16 Theatre to outstanding reviews.

 

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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!