Established in January 2017, we aim to offer high quality, engaging & empowering drama experiences for children and young people, where pupils can gain confidence through games, improvisation, devising and art & prop design.
We run weekly classes in local schools and venues, holiday workshops for a range of ages, regular trips to Unicorn Theatre and yearly opportunities for pupils from Year 2+ to perform in a professional theatre.
Our class sizes are limited and all clubs are tailored to the children we teach, giving local children a safe & enjoyable space to explore their own creativity, and a platform to share and celebrate their work.
All White Rabbit teachers and assistants hold Enhanced DBS certificates and all classes run with at least one first aider present (12hr paediatric first aid certificate).
WHITE RABBIT CO-FOUNDER, DIRECTOR AND DRAMA TEACHER (ALL STAGES)
Certificates: BA (Hons) Acting: RWCMD, Enhanced DBS, 12hr Paediatric First Aid, Chaperone licence LBRUT
Anna loves listening to children's ideas & stories and believes that the most rewarding results come from acting as a facilitator to pupils imaginations, giving them gentle guidance and the space needed for ideas to grow and confidence to soar! Her aim is to give children the tools they need to trust in their own creative instincts and to build a strong sense of teamwork and support from an early age.
Anna discovered a love of the Arts at the age of 16 and her youth was spent in drama studios, Chester's 'Little Theatre' and Manchester Youth Theatre, where she gained the passion for Improvisation & Devising that forms the backbone of White Rabbit Drama Club. She graduated from Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 2004 with Ba (hons) Acting, and performed in short films, BBC comedy and theatre-in-education, before creating her own theatre company, where she taught children of all ages in schools & drama clubs, and wrote, produced & performed in a series of plays for the Edinburgh, Brighton and London fringe described as; "sleek, streamlined and utterly compelling" by the Scotsman newspaper.
WHITE RABBIT CO-FOUNDER, ART & PROPS TEACHER, DRAMA TEACHER (EARLY YEARS-SHOWCASE)
Certificates: First Class Bsc (Hons) Psychology with neuroscience, CACHE Diploma level 3 Early Years education & care. Enhanced DBS, 12hr Paediatric First Aid
Katie's passion lies in helping children's confidence to develop and she brings a unique element to White Rabbit, with a First Class Bsc (Hons) in Psychology with neuroscience and a CACHE Diploma level 3 in Early Years education & care. Her insight, both educational and psychological, are invaluable, as the content of each White Rabbit club from age 3-12 years, is tailored specifically for the children we teach.
Katie enjoys exploring new stories and characters with our younger children and guides our Early Stage pupils with great care & patience, helping them to discover new adventures and navigate their emotions effectively through the use of drama techniques.
With a flair for Art & Design, Katie also heads our growing Art & Props department; Classes offering children the chance to experiment with design techniques used by the professionals and to learn another side of the industry in collaboration with 'Prop Remedies' Thea Collins.
Certificates: BA (Hons) Dramatic Art, Higher Diploma in Education (Drama and Theatre), Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy, Diploma in Generative Coaching
After working as an actor and choreographer, Amanda has 25 years of experience in theatre and drama education. She has taught pupils across the age range, from 3 years to adult, both in the private and public sector, and trained teachers in using drama within the school curriculum to enhance learning and boost teacher & student confidence. Her latest training was offered to young teachers through the National Union of Teachers' Conference.
Amanda has specialised in working therapeutically with trauma survivors and as a generative coach expanding possibility and creativity within professional and personal growth.
In addition to the above, Amanda teaches our Year 1 pupils alongside Katie, sharing her passion for drama & theatre as a means to inspire and develop confident, connected and resilient children & young people.
Drama Teacher (All stages)
Certificates: First Class degree, Drama and Applied Theatre, St Mary's University, 12hr Paediatric First Aid
Laura-May is a freelance drama teacher working with a number of our local schools and youth groups. 2020 marks her 5th year as assistant director for the Richmond Shakespeare Society's Young actors Company, who are celebrating a nomination for 'Best Youth Production' at the Swan awards for the 2nd year running. Alongside this, she also leads RSS Junior Acting Co, establishing herself as a vital member of Twickenham's teaching community. Always full of the highest energy & enthusiasm for the children's ideas, LM uses her love of devising to help pupils of all ages to express themselves freely & develop their own ideas for stage.
Laura-May encourages all of her pupils to have fun & be fearless with drama and loves seeing their imaginations take flight. She shares our passion for improvisation and its ability to empower pupils to find joy and freedom in the knowledge that, as long as we support & respect our fellow actors, there really are 'no wrong answers'.
Art & Props Teacher
Thea has worked in film and television as a Graphic prop designer for the past 15 years. She spent 10 years working for Keir Lusby at Shepperton Studios, one of the most well respected prop making companies in the industry. As head of their graphics department Thea managed a team of graphic designers working in the areas of feature films, period dramas and light entertainment. She is also co-founder of 'Prop Remedies' who work alongside Art Departments to supply graphic props for a variety of productions.
Our collaboration with Thea began in September 2018, when she began working creatively with Katie in our growing Art & Props department. Thea's passion lies in sharing her technical & creative knowledge with pupils to help them express themselves through art and to create interesting and colourful objects inspired by her own work for film & TV.
Following experience acting with Shakespeare Schools Festival, Kingston's Rose Theatre and the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, Anna is this year taking time to further her training as an actor & teacher, and will soon be embarking upon auditions for drama school. Through her work with Rose Youth Theatre, Anna has enjoyed parts in the theatre's highly acclaimed Christmas productions, 'Hansel & Gretel' and 'The Snow Queen' and in December 2019, was proud to represent the Youth Theatre cast in an interview with London Live.
Anna is keen to share with the children her respect and love of the Arts, with a particular focus on the power of storytelling.
A talented actor, Anna is also wonderful with children of all ages and is gently encouraging, whilst demonstrating the skills and concentration needed for children to support each other as part of an effective team.
Elise & Jessie
Having taken part in dance & drama classes from a young age, Elise recently passed her LAMDA Grade 6 with distinction and is now embarking upon her final year of A-Levels. She is excited to be sharing her knowledge & experience as both performer and pupil with the children and this insight, coupled with a colourful imagination, make her a wonderful assistant for our younger classes.
Jessie is currently studying for A-Levels and having successfully completed her Drama GCSE, is now expanding her knowledge of the subject and assisting us at White Rabbit. Jessie has a fun & positive energy but is also extremely gentle and caring, making her perfectly placed to help us as we guide our littlest pupils in the first steps of their drama journey.