Our Practitioners

Natalie

Managing Director

Natalie has worked across TV, film and theatre gaining invaluable experience and insight into the world of performance and production. She completed a Theatre and Performance degree at Leeds University and a Secondary Drama teaching PGCE at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Prior to ShowKids, Natalie was Head of Drama in a London School working with children aged 4-18yrs and achieving 91% A*-C grades for GCSE Drama. Her students have gone on to study acting at The University for the Creative Arts, East15 Drama School, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA)

Natalie has 100% pass rate delivering LAMDA examinations.

Every ShowKids practitioner is recruited by Natalie through a meticulous interview process. At ShowKids we expect our practitioners to share our passions; to be inspiring, supportive, and able to tailor their courses to the needs of all children in their classes. Before working for ShowKids, references are obtained from all of our practitioners and DBS checks completed. Our practitioners will be in regular contact with you throughout your child’s course to ensure you are fully informed on their progress.

Ryan

Lead Practitioner

Ryan trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in BA Musical Theatre, where he now heads the Junior Conservatoire programme of Musical Theatre. His performances whilst studying include; Little Shop of Horrors, Carousel and Spring Awakening (RCS),  John Barrowman’s Concert Tour and BBC Children In Need: Rocks Scotland 2011 (Glasgow’s SECC).  And as part of Susan Boyle’s UK Tour, The Olivier Awards 2011 (Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London); and as a finalist in Stephen Sondheim Society Student of the Year Award (Garrick Theatre, London).

He has recently taken the role of Associate Agent with Infinity Artist Management managing the London office, with clients working across Film, TV and stage.

Credits as a performer include: Still Game Live 2: Bon Voyage (BBC),  Bard in the Botanic’s season of Twelfth Night and Doctor Faustus, Somewhere in England (New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, London), Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin (Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling) and Sleeping Betty (Tron Theatre, Glasgow). 

 

Lucy

Lead Practitioner

Lucy’s career and her love for the Dramatic Arts have been shaped by her own experiences as a child. Growing up, she regularly took part in Drama Festivals, LAMDA Examinations and countless productions with Blag Youth Theatre, Manchester University Drama Society and Character Creation Theatre. More recently, she has worked as a Lead Practitioner for London children’s theatre schools and as  a Drama, Dance and Music Facilitator for Allsorts Drama and Theatrebugs. She has also collaborated on Creative Arts projects and Community Theatre performances at Hackney Shed with children and young people with additional learning needs. 

 

Having previously studied at Manchester University and trained at Goldsmiths University on the Primary PGCE Programme, Lucy holds a wealth of teaching experience with 4 – 11 year olds. She is passionate about delivering drama workshops that ignite an individual’s spark, instil confidence through creativity and inspire a world of fun! 

Natalie

Lead Practitioner

Natalie is a graduate of Kingston University where she gained a degree in Drama and Creative writing followed by a PGCE in Drama at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Natalie discovered her love for the arts in her early teens when she played the role of General Matilda Cartwright in the musical Guys and Dolls, since then her love for all genres of performance have grown from musical theatre to spoken word. Natalie has both performed in and directed a number of productions within school and at off Broadway theatres. Natalie is Head of Drama in a London secondary school teaching across KS3, 4 & 5. 

Kathryn

Lead Practitioner

Having been involved in the Theatre since a young age, Kathryn has grown up surrounded by musicals, plays, inspiring actors and motivational teachers and directors. Kathryn trained with the National Youth Theatre and since has been involved in a host of workshops with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Summer Bootcamps. She soon transitioned from musicals to plays and really found her love for acting. She continued this in her studies, achieving a BA Hons Degree in ‘Drama’.

Within her three year study she explored and worked under the influence of a variety of acting techniques including Strasberg’s Method Acting, Meisner’s Naturalistic approach and Artaud’s experimental portrayal. 

Although her love for stage theatre is evident she has also been involved in productions with ITV, Channel 4 and most recently the award winning film ‘Suffragette.’ The last few years she has developed a huge passion for directing, having produced some contemporary plays including ‘Wasted’ by Kate Tempest as well as extracts from musicals including ‘Les Miserables.’ This led her to discover her love for teaching, in particular watching the progression in every child across all ages! 

Harry

Dance Practitioner

Harrison is an extremely passionate and dedicated dance teacher, who has experience both as a teacher and as a performer. His passion for dance derived from watching his favourite pop stars and learning their choreography at home! Harrison enrolled in hip-hop classes at the age of four and performed in countless talent contests across the country and at media events. At 10, Harrison was encouraged to enrol at Pineapple Performing Arts School where he received extensive training in street dance.  Whilst studying for his BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Performing Arts, Harrison was hired by The Dance Academy as their Lead Choreographer. 

Harrison has choreographed numerous productions in theatres around Essex and has worked across multiple theatre schools in London as well as working with independent dance troupes on choreography for national competitions. 

Roisin

Lead Practitioner

Roisin has had a love for the arts from a young age. Dancing since the age of 3, she developed her skills at dance competitions and theatre schools – much like ShowKids. Roisin has trained across different styles of dance from ballet to jazz, and whilst being surrounded by inspiring teachers she decided to specialise in Musical Theatre.  Roisin completed a BA Hons Degree in ‘Musical Theatre and Performance’ at The Hammond in Chester. She hopes to continue teaching and inspiring children, like her teachers did for her!

Contact Natalie today to try out a free taster workshop in your area

We are always looking for committed practitioners to join our ShowKids team. If you believe you share our passions and vision, and have the commitment and experience to lead our workshops, then please contact us 0203 488 5384 or email [email protected]