THEATRE FOR LIFE  offers extensive educational Performing Arts workshops to help schools and colleges deliver the National Curriculum, improve social inclusion and develop technique and performance skills. We are very flexible in our approach and will create bespoke workshops to support your specific educational & creative needs in terms of content and the length of workshop you require.

Please email us to arrange a FREE CONSULTATION  to see how our highly trained team of teachers, professional performers and therapists can help design you a bespoke workshop.

CPD TEACHER TRAINING 

THEATRE FOR LIFE offer engaging programmes of continuing professional development (CPD) courses to specifically support teachers and practitioners teaching Performing Arts at secondary and further education level. We can adapt any of our specialist workshops into short and one day training courses in addition to our unique 'Wellbeing in the Performing Arts' programmes. 

CONTACT  - Telephone: 07711 395851 
Email:   enquiries@theatreforlife.co.uk


An amazing, energetic and educational course. Students were fully engaged in the workshops. A perfect opportunity to develop the students knowledge of a wider range of practitioners.

Faye Gould 
Head of Drama, Mountbatten School 

SHORT COURSES

Currently offering LAMDA courses with a Qualified Drama Teacher | Entry to level 3 Acting Exams | Home visits available | Extra UCAS Tariff points | Audition Monologues | Group bookings in schools and colleges | General Acting Coaching and preparation for Auditions 


PUBLIC SPEAKING
BUILDING CONFIDENCE
PERFORMANCE SKILLS
CREATING CHARACTER
DEVELOPING TEXT
ACTING STYLES
ONE TO ONE SUPPORT


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MUSICAL THEATRE

Workshops that focus on Musical Theatre, Estill singing techniques, acting through song, integrated performance, auditioning, styles, and performance techniques with trained Musical Theatre Teachers and professional performers. Freelance Musical Theatre directors also available to support productions. All our workshop leaders have professional training and extensive experience in the industry. Please read our brochure to view the different workshop options. 

MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP LEADERS

ATHRYN BARNES

TRAINING: London Studio Centre 
BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre (First Class Honours)
The Shelia O'Neil award for 'Excellence in Musical Theatre' 2010 

CREDITS: 
Kathryn has recently finished performing in the UK/Ireland Tour of The Addams Family , a Musical Comedy. 
Other credits include: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK/Ireland Tour/West Yorkshire Playhouse), CATS (West End Revival at the London Palladium). Me and My Girl (Chichester Festival Theatre - 2018)

CHRISTOPHER HEWITT 

TRAINING: The Urdang Academy, London
BA (Hons) in Professional Musical Theatre and Dance (First Class Honours) 

CREDITS:  
West End Gala Cast of the Tony nominated Broadway musical Disaster! the Musical  at Charing Cross Theatre. Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone   (Pleasance Theatre), French Wizard in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018, David Yates, Warner Bros. Pics)  

POPPY ANDREWS 

TRAINING: Arts Education School, London
BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre 
Post Graduate Diploma in Vocal Pedagogy 

CREDITS:
Numerous concerts with the BBC Concert Orchestra, community outreach programme with 'Pimlico Opera' and most recently Sleeping Beauty at Buxton Opera House.

DOMINIC ANDERSEN  

TRAINING: Arts Educational School, London  
BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre 

CREDITS: 
Dominic has an extensive background in Musical Theatre and Television, recently playing Rocky in  The Rocky Horror Show  (Playhouse Theatre/UK Tour) as well as the Rum Tum Tugger in CATS. He has also made television apperances on Humans (Channel 4) as well as Saturday Night Takeway (ITV) and The Keith Lemon American biopic. Ram Sweeny in Heathers The Musical (The Other Palace and Theatre Royal Haymarket - 2018)
 


A Two hour bespoke practical devising workshop to aid us in our devising knowledge focusing on the OCR and AQA GCSE specifications, SEPA listened to what we needed and delivered! Highly recommend for CPD Teacher Training Courses. 

Alison Clarke representing the Hampshire Drama Teachers Consortium 


ACTING

Acting workshops that focus on style, conventions, staging, language, performance techniques, practitioners, monologues and auditioning. Workshops will be delivered by trained Drama Teachers, Drama and Movement therapists and professional actors. Workshops also explore PSHE and SRE through Forum Theatre techniques and Mantle of the Expert as well as supporting set works and examination pieces. Freelance directors also available to support productions.

ACTING WORKSHOP LEADERS

CLARE MCCALL 

TRAINING: East 15 Acting School 
BA (Hons) in World Theatre Performance
Royal Central School of Speech & Drama 
MA Advanced Theatre Practice 

CREDITS: The Girl Who Fell in Love with a Wolf (BBC), Social Media Suicide (Carnesky Productions), The Further Adventures of Lucy-Anna Martin (Independent Feature Film), Siege 1648 (StageWrite), Colchester Curiosities (Footprints Theatre Company). Clare is currently in production with her one woman show - Social Media Suicide. As a qualified Yoga Instructor, Clare can also offer Yoga for Performers workshops. 

MICHELLE SMITH

TRAINING: University of Hertfordshire 
BA (Hons) Performing Arts 
University College London (UCL)
Institute of Education 
PGCE 
Michelle is the founder and Artistic Director of Theatre for Life

TEACHING: BTEC Performing Arts and A Level Drama at   Hammersmith and West London College. Course leader for BTEC Performing Arts at Queen Mary's College and Richard Taunton Sixth Form College. GCSE Drama teacher at Thornden School. International Drama teacher placement in Sydney, Australia. Youth Theatre director for student productions at The Point Theatre, Berry Theatre and The Hub Theatre. Michelle has worked with National Theatre Learning, devising an original piece of theatre with students, based on Warhorse by Michael Morpurgo. Michelle has written scripts for professional distribution for TreePress based in New York, USA. 

MATTHEW OSBOURN

TRAINING: A professional actor/director/teacher/writer from London. He has worked & studied in the UK, the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany & Australia.

TEACHING: 
After finishing his studies in 1993 Matthew created his own theatre company, a company that;Performed both recognised & new plays throughout the UK & Europe.Devised and performed T.I.E. (Theatre in Education) for local councils in London & Europe.

From 2003 – 2017 Matthew worked & lived in Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne is Australia's most artistic city. In Melbourne Matthew got to work with; The Arts Centre – creating theatre & performing for schools throughout Melbourne & state Victoria.The Song Room – creating & directing artistic programmes for regions Australia wide that have little or no access to the arts. Stage School Australia – Australia's largest school for the arts.
Matthew is a passionate supporter of the arts, in all its forms. He believes that the arts is one of the most important tools to share the human experience, and bring people together to explore & share that human experience. 


The students were challenged with a fast paced workshop consisting of exciting, original and explorative repertoire aimed at a professional level to give an insight of what it is to be a dancer working in the industry today. 

Carolyn Moss 
Fareham College 

DANCE

Dance workshops that focus on Contemporary Dance, Jazz, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Choreography, Contact Improvisation, Mime, set works for GCSE & A Level Dance, examination pieces with trained Dance teachers and professional performers. Freelance choreographers also available to support dance productions and Youth Dance companies.

DANCE WORKSHOP LEADERS

LEO MEREDITH 

TRAINING:  Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance 
BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance 
Leo has professional training in classical ballet (RAD and ISTD), Tap, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary Dance, Contact Improvisation practices and Mime. 

CREDITS:  Leo has been in works by Lizzie Kew-Ross, Marina Collard, Zoi Dimitriou, Sara Green, Ali Curtis-Jones. Leo has worked with Kerry Biggin and James Leece in the Matthew Bourne's New Adventures Company in 2016 for the Laban Conservatoire's Seminal Works show. Leo has had the privilege of continuing to perform Bourne's work in the Highland Fling as one of the Sylphs and was understudy of the lead role of James.  
Choreography for curtain raisers for Rosie Kay Dance Company in 2015 and New Adventures in 2017.  
Transitions Tour with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. (2019) 

Leo has worked with choreographers Ruth Osborne, Lina Limosani and Matt Cornell whilst training with QL2 Dance in Canberra, Australia in 2012.  



HOLLY ASHBY

TRAINING : Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts 
Distinction in Musical Theatre 
Teaching Diploma 
Theatre for Life Education manager

CREDITS:  Peter Pan ( Peter Pan ) at The Theatre Royal, Lola ( Copacabana ) at the Peacock Theatre, London. 

TEACHING: Jazz dance for SEN students at Blue Apple Theatre (Winchester) and Southampton University. Karen Kay Theatre Arts (Brighton) and Florian School of Dance (Winchester). 

HOLLY SWANN 

TRAINING:  Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance 
BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance 


CREDITS: Nine month residency with the Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company. 
Matthew Bourne's New Adventures Company in 2016 for the Laban Conservatoire's Seminal Works show. 

EMMA HUGHES 

TRAINING: Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts 
Trinity College Diploma in Performing Arts
BA (Hons) in Performance and Education  
PGCE 

TEACHING: Dance teacher at Hamble College, Churchers College and Crofton School. Emma has also taught as a Freelance dance teacher and choreographer for Laura Dunkley School of Performing Arts, Winchester Theatre Arts, Stagecoach, Manic Stage Productions and The Performing Arts Academy. 


I have always been very impressed by the quality of Michelle Smith's (Artistic Director) work with students. She taught my daughter Daisy, who has now gone on to be a professional singer. The preparation she, and numerous other students she has taught was second to none.

Mark Wheeller - Playwright

Work For Us

We are always looking to expand our team of specialist workshop leaders, please upload your CV with a short message on why you would like to work for Theatre for Life. 

Current Vacancies

Acting workshop leaders with training in any of the following specialisms: 

Shakespeare, Stanislavski, Brecht, Artaud, Applied Theatre, Devising Theatre and Audition techniques 

Music workshop leaders with training in any of the following specialisms:

Popular Music, Music Composition, Singing, Music Technology, Musical Theatre, Music Theory, Music Styles & World Music


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Telephone: 07711 395851
General Enquiries:   enquiries@theatreforlife.co.uk  
Youth Theatre:  youththeatre@theatreforlife.co.uk 

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