MEET THE TEAM
Jo completed her Theatre BA at Warwick, before taking her Masters in Shakespeare Studies at Kings College, London. Jo has been teaching LAMDA and drama classes in a variety of forms for the past 15 years, and launched RM Drama in 2009.
Preeti originally worked in finance but pursued her passion for teaching after becoming a mum. As well as working as an RM teacher, she also offers private tutoring for English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning, hosts interview technique workshops and created a franchise called Leaps and Bounds; a music and movement class for Preschoolers, which she sold in 2014 to concentrate on Rough Magicke and Tutoring. Preeti has launched RM Drama, Watford in 2018 and is proud to be expanding the classes in the area.
As a young child, Anjali actively participated in drama and stage shows and now she continues this passion through encouraging and helping children. Following University, Anjali taught Electrical Engineering before moving on to tutor younger children in Maths, Science and organised Arts & Crafts workshops. Furthermore, Anjali is a keen Reiki practitioner and takes up Art-of-Living courses whenever there’s an opportunity. All these activities happen along with her duties as a mum!!! Anjali joined Rough Magicke to continue her passion to help young children improve individual skills in performance and public speaking.
Benny (Benedikte) trained first as a ballet dancer and then as an actor at The Guildford School of Acting. She has worked extensively in the theatre, both in London and on tour, appearing in comedies, dramas, musicals, pantomimes and classical theatre. She has also had leading roles in commercials and appeared on TV and film. Benny has directed Shakespeare plays, pantomimes and musicals. As well as teaching LAMDA for Rough Magicke Benny teaches ESOL and EFL and continues to work as an actor.
Binju has worked with Rough Magicke for many years now, pursuing her passion for Speech and Drama. As well as teaching RM classes, she has trained as a Relax-kid teacher, taught Reiki healing, and ran nursery-school classes.
Clare has been involved in theatre from a young age, and has worked for various theatre companies, as an actor/performer, including touring productions in schools. More recently, she has been teaching drama for Little Tanks, Pauline Quirk Academy and Make Believe, Uxbridge, as well as here with us at Rough Magicke.
Joanna graduated from Kingston University with MA in Classical Theatre as well as from the International School of Screen Acting with a one-year Advanced Acting For Screen Certificate. Her training includes acting, theatre devising, screenwriting, directing and film production. Incorporating adapted activities from drama and performing arts portfolio and specific guidance, Joanna focuses on creating a fun and safe environment for imagination and creative development, along with personal expression, confidence and expressivity. Ioana is launching our Amersham branch in January 2020. Contact us now to sign up for classes.
Gavin trained at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA), where he took a 3 year diploma in classical acting, graduating in 2001. Whilst at drama school, he also trained as a writer at the Royal Court Theatre, writing several plays that went on to receive professional readings and a few short films. As well as running the LAMDA classes at RM Drama, Gavin also directs our drama productions for Queen Elizabeth Boys' School and the School Shakespeare Festival.
Georgie graduated from the Guildford School of Acting, graduating with a BA Hons. Georgie has appeared as 'Stacey' in " Payback The Musical" (Hammersmith Studios), 'Vocalist' in "West End Men"(Vaudeville Theatre), 'Cinderella'(Theatre Royal Drury Lane), 'Alice' "Alice in Wonderland" (Uk Tour),"You can't succeed on Broadway if you don't have any Jews"(Garrick Theatre London).
Katie Sherrard is a drama teacher and professional actress/writer, graduating from the University of Bristol. Her short play, Exit Number 8, is currently being showcased on BBC Sounds. Katie has taught acting and public speaking over the last six years in the UK and internationally. She joined Rough Magicke as she is passionate about developing children's confidence in being creative and telling stories through acting. Her classes are playful and encourage students to be bold and explore their imagination to the fullest.
Lauren graduated from Coventry University with BA hons in Theatre and Professional Practice. Her training includes acting, theatre devising, dance, clown and various somatic movement practices. She incorporates all of her training to create holistic, fun and playful workshops and performances pieces. Lauren has worked around the country making, devising and writing shows that engage with everyone and often works in unusual spaces.
Maria runs RM Drama, Borehamwood. Maria is a professionally trained actress and singer and graduated from the Arts Educational School of Acting with a BA Honours degree. Maria has also achieved her advanced LAMDA Diploma in Language, Speech & Drama Education (LSDE) and successfully obtained a Distinction.
Maria has worked for Rough Magicke Drama as a part time Speech & Drama teacher for many years. In addition Maria is also employed as a specialist Drama Teacher at a school whereby she teaches Drama.
Maria is particularly interested in confidence building, vocal coaching and acting. Maria is an avid reader and theatre - goer and has a particular love for Greek Tragedy and both Restoration and Victorian comedy.
Graduate of ALRA & Oxford School of Drama. Acting credits include Christina Perkins Doctors (BBC) Miss Misha AmStarDam (Shoreline 101 Productions, nominated Best UK Picture at Raindance 2016), Directed by The Lennox Brothers, La Traviata with Glyndebourne Opera. As well as teaching for Rough Magicke, Mandy also works as a children's entertainer, curates workshops and leads sessions for companies such as Tinies & Science Boffins. Mandy has also taught Drama for Stagecoach and Pzazz After School Clubs.
Penny Gkritzapi is a theatre practitioner from Athens, Greece.She graduated from the University of Fine Arts- Department of Theatre Studies and then trained as an actor in one of the oldest drama schools of Athens. Following a few years of acting, directing and drama teaching around Greece, Penny came to London to train as a stage director and got her MA in Theatre Directing. She has been directing shows for Polymorph Theatre since 2015 and has been part of the Blue Sky Actors for the past seven years. She is also an associate artist of FaceFront Theatre and is working with a number of theatre companies globally. Penny is a member of SDUK (Stage Directors UK) and also a member of the Director's Cut Theatre Company.
Aysha (Ayshamar) began her artistic journey at a very young age, after twelve years of training in Drama and Theatre she has performed in an array of musicals, operas and screen productions including Das Rheingold, Peter Pan, A Winter's Tale, Shakers and many others. Aysha is also a professional musician who graduated from Brunel University with a BA(hons) in Musicology, she now combines her passion for the arts with teaching at professional theatre schools within the UK.
Eleni has always been involved in the world of drama, as a young student she trained in multiple dance forms and Musical Theatre and then went on to study Acting, Contemporary Dance and English A-Level at Arts Educational Schools London. Eleni has recently graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BA in Drama, where she was an avid member of Minotaur Theatre Company, notably performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. At University Eleni enjoyed acting, directing and script-writing, as well as learning about the technical elements of theatre. Eleni is currently working with 'Rose Eye Productions,' an upcoming Gig-Theatre company, fusing song and theatre. Eleni enjoys all forms of Drama but particularly, physical theatre, poetry/spoken word as well as Shakespeare and Contemporary theatre. As well as teaching with Rough Magicke, Eleni assistants with Youth Theatre classes and prepares Holiday Workshops for young children.
Emily recently graduated from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with a BA (Hons) in Acting. Emily works as a voice actor, most recently narrating a BBC short documentary, and has directed several short films.
Sally trained as a dramaturg and performer at Leeds University and Liverpool's Hope Street before gaining a Masters in Physical Theatre at Royal Holloway. She has been teaching performance and acting in a variety of capacities for over 15 years and has a passion for supporting young actors to find their voices. When not teaching, Sally works as Movement Specialist and Artistic Development Consultant for inclusive theatre company The Theatre Shed, a freelance theatre director and a writer. Very pleased to be making a return to RM Drama after moving from the area in 2015, Sally is looking forward to supporting her students to do their very best.
Alex trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama receiving an MA degree in Actor Training and Coaching. For over ten years he has worked as a director in theatres around the UK, and as an acting coach training actors within different London drama schools. This has enabled him to develop a broad knowledge of different acting techniques and play texts which he is able to draw from when required. As an acting coach Alex also has extensive experience preparing students of all ages for LAMDA, Trinity Guildhall exams and drama school auditions.
Marc started his training at the University of Hertfordshire where he gained a Higher National Diploma in Performance, Entertainment and Media Production. He then continued his studies, winning the prestigious ‘ Tony Weizmann’ Scholorship award and gained a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Performing Arts, continuing his training at the Central School of Speech and Drama, achieving both a joint Diploma in Drama and Musical Theatre.
His performance career began in theatre in 2003 where his credits include: playing the role of Mac in Threepenny Opera (Watford Theatre), the role of Lucius in Faustus (Elgiva Theatre) and the role of Aladdin (Elgiva Theatre). He also performed at ‘Broadway and Beyond’ at Madame Tussards, London.
Making his West End debut in We Will Rock You (UK Tour), his performance credits continued and include Mammia Mia! (London ,Ensemble), Chicago (UK Tour, Ensemble), Wicked (London, Ensemble), High School Musical (understudy ‘Troy’, National Tour) and Spirit of Broadway (UK Tour).
Directing credits include: Hairspray (Arts Depot,London), Mamma Mia (Camden Arts Depot, London), Julius Caesar (Travellers Theatre) Class of ’58 (Harrow Arts Centre), Beauty and The Beast - Pantomime (Harrow Arts Centre) and in 2012 he directed performers for the Olympic Closing Ceremony.
Radio work includes: Essex FM, BX- FM, JNET Radio and BBC London.
Teaching positions held have included Head of Drama (Albany College, London) as well as Head of Drama and Musical Theatre's for the Resident Company at Harrow Arts Centre. Current roles include LAMDA and Drama Teacher for Independent Preparatory Schools as well as running his own Performing Arts School, regularly entering students for examinations through Trinity, LAMDA and the ISTD.
Flo originally studied at King's College London gaining a BA (hons) in English Literature before heading to Drama Studio to train as a professional actor. Since graduating in 2017 she has worked mainly within children's theatre, touring shows for primary school children around the country with Hobgoblin Theatre Company. Besides children's theatre one of her primary passions is Shakespeare and she has performed a variety of roles for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. She also enjoys writing and is a founding member of company 'Jittery Pens' whose work has been performed at the Camden Fringe.
Zoë is an actor and writer. She trained at Guildford School of Acting and her credits as a performer include theatres such as The Lion and Unicorn, The ETCETERA, and The Bread and Roses. As a writer, Zoë is supported by Arts Council England, and her work has been produced both in film and on stage. She has worked with young people throughout her career, at home and abroad. She has also produced printed resources for secondary schools, adapting her creative work for use in the classroom