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.

Laura

Lead Practitioner

Laura is a mutli-award nominated performer, writer, facilitator, researcher and collaborator. Laura has a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies from the University College of Cork, an MA in Performance at East 15 School of Acting, has completed a Teaching Diploma in Drama and Communication Studies with the University of West London and has a Bronze Medal in Performance with the London Academy of Music and Drama. Laura has worked with the Barbican Creative Learning department as well as designing and delivering educational programmes for the National Theatre of Malta, Chats Palace Arts Centre and More Than English International School.

Laura has also been nominated for a Brighton Fringe ‘One to Watch’ Award!
We are thrilled she is now part of the ShowKids family!

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.

Michael

Lead Practitioner

As a teacher and musical director with a decade of experience, Michael knows how to deliver a focused, efficient, rewarding and fun(ny) rehearsals. Under his direction Michael’s choir ‘In the Smoke’ have picked up awards including Voice Festival UK Community Champions (2012, 2015, 2016) and the prestigious Ward Swingle Award for Originality (2013). Michael works regularly with male and female voices – teens and adults – to get the best possible sound from an ensemble for the arrangement or composition under rehearsal. He has extensive experience in building performances for small gigs in pubs to ones in larger off-West End theatre spaces, as well as lots of a cappella recording experience and competition preparation. He is currently preparing his third album of original songs for release.

Clare

Lead Practitioner

Clare is a graduate of Durham University where she studied a BA(hons) in Music. She plays the piano, violin, guitar, keyboard and has been a member of many choirs in London and loves everything musical theatre related. Clare has both acted in and directed a number of plays and musicals both at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at a number of schools in London. Clare completed her PGCE in Music with distinction through the Teach First programme.

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 enquiries@showkids.co.uk.