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).
James studied at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and most recently trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Throughout his career, James has had the opportunity to work with some of the industry’s leading professionals in voice, text, acting technique and movement. Alongside his work as a professional actor, James has extensive experience of teaching drama within schools. He has previously worked closely with the Royal Shakespeare Company and passionately incorporates many of the ideas he has learned from training and professional work to his LAMDA classes.
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.
Martha trained at the Young Actors Theatre Islington, as well as taking classes at Middleweek Newton Academy. Her training involved voice, body and movement work, and she learnt from established voice coaches such as Yvonne Morley and Gordon Faith. Martha also co-founded a theatre company (She Wolves Theatre Company) where she has gained further experience in producing and directing as well as performing.
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.
Erica has been teaching drama since 2007 working on primary school productions, leading drama workshops and preparing students for Lamda exams from ages 4-18. Erica trained as an actress at East 15 acting school, performing credits include Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007, appearing in The Crucible at Regents Open Air theatre 2010 and the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics in 2012. Erica currently works at primary and secondary schools across north and west London running drama clubs and LAMDA workshops. As well as being an RM Drama teacher, Erica runs a franchise of Movers and Shakers organising music and movement classes and parties for 0-3 years old across north London.
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.
Charlotte's love of theatre began at a young age, performing in stage shows throughout her childhood, and following this passion into her training and career. Hailing from Perth, Western Australia, Charlotte graduated Murdoch University with a BA in Theatre Studies, where her training included acting, practitioner studies, text analysis, devising, and children's theatre. Charlotte has worked as an actor and director in both Australia and the UK, and has been an acting teacher for almost ten years. She has a particular passion for youth theatre and helping children foster a love for drama and the arts. As well as working with Rough Magicke, Charlotte is a currently a secondary school Drama Teacher.