Ann has spent her working life in education teaching in secondary and primary schools, theatres, university and therapy teams, as well as examining drama and theatre studies. Ann ran her own drama school for many years, and has now returned to mainstream education and research.
Ann trained to teach under John Hodgson at Bretton Hall, his major influence was the importance of improvisation. Ann continues to be an enthusiastic teacher of improvisation for developing all performance skills.
She believes strongly in the inclusive power of drama, that it offers confidence building, team work, and the discipline of controlling body, voice – and nerves. Combining that with her love of the written word, her first degree was English; she counts herself lucky to spend her life talking about what she loves.
Currently Ann combines her teaching with doctoral research into teaching maths to young people with complex special needs. Ann is also a specialist teacher for these needs in mainstream schools as well as an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals. Drama skills are never far away in her teaching strategies.
In her spare time Ann still attends ballet and tap classes, a lifelong passion, and enjoys theatre going and precious time with her family. AD