• ABout Me

    I am a Applied Theatre Practitioner and Theatre Director from London with twelve years experience of working in the applied theatre field.

    I design and deliver projects in mainstream & special needs primary and secondary schools and colleges, youth centres, youth theatres, hospitals, universities, museums and theatres.

    I specialise in working with inner city groups of children and young people, building confidence and creating positive experiences through the arts.

    In the UK I have delivered projects with The Unicorn Theatre, The Tricycle Theatre, The Old Vic, The Southwark Playhouse, The Bush Theatre, The British Museum, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Chickenshed, Graeae, SMART (mental health charity), Green Shoes Arts, New Wimbledon Theatre, Tender, Artis, Lost Theatre, Lewisham Youth Theatre, The Broadway Theatre. I have delivered projects internationally with Faust International and Dramatic English in Hong Kong and the Phillipines.

     

    I offer bespoke short and long term workshop packages for a range of client groups. Get in contact for more information.
     

    Close Up: a girls project with New Wimbledon Theatre. The project engaged girls at risk of entering unhealthy relationships in drama workshops designed to enable them to challenge and question power dynamics and gender roles in their own relationships.

  • Current projects

    I am currently working as: Drama Practitoner for The Gate Theatre, Lead Drama Practitioner for The Unicorn Theatre, Head of Youth Theatre and youth programmes at Chickenshed Kensington and Chelsea, Director of the Young Company at Southwark Playhouse and as Drama Teacher at Baden Powell Primary school, Hackney.

     

  • Training

    Education

    • Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Theatre with Young People from Central School of Speech and Drama (2016)
    • Graduate of StoneCrabs Young Directors Programme (2009)
    • 2.1 honours in Applied Theatre from Queen Mary University of London (2006)

    Additional skills

    • Licensed Chaperone 
    • Level 1 BSL (British Sign Language)
    • First Aider
    • Child protection Level 3
    • Arts Award trained

    Professional Development:

    The Comedy School Stand Up Comedy Course - (March 2018)

    TEFL training – The TEFL Academy (May 2017)

    Arts Award Training – Discover and Explore level (February 2017)

    Mental Health First Aid training with Mind (June 2016)

    Facilitator training in Legislative Theatre - Theatre for a Change (April 2016)

    Working with young people with experience of domestic abuse, Tender (2016)

    Beyond Resistance - Working with challenging groups - Act for Change (2015)

    Create the space – Youth Theatre Practitioner training at National Theatre ( 2014)

    Tender training on culturally specific forms of violence against women (2014)

    National Association of Youth theatre annual training event (October 2013), Mime course at City Lit (2012)

    Makaton training (August 2012)

    Autism Awareness training with National Autistic Society (2012)

    Age Exchange training on Intergenerational Theatre work (2010)

    Short course in Clowning at LAMDA ( 2009)

    Training in Epilepsy first aid, Total Communication, and Child Protection at Cheviots Disability Service. (2009)

    Disability Awareness training Graeae Theatre Company (2008)

    Forum theatre: Training on the use of forum theatre in workshops with with Bigfoot Theatre Company (2008)

    Drama Therapy, An Introduction: Fifteen-hour practical introduction to the practice (2007)

  • "I am really thankful I have worked with Lucy to emotionally support a group of vulnerable children in Sebright Primary School. Lucy has been a passionate, effective and dedicated professional who developed an excellent rapport with our school children. Lucy used a variety of creative therapies to allow children to express themselves through artistic means such as music and drama, instead of relying on verbal communication alone. Our children's social and communication skills naturally unfolded and their confidence increased due to Lucy providing a safe and flexible environment full of either exciting or calming, joyful or poignant activities."

    Maria Bitra, SENCO, Sebright primary school

     

    "Teaching in the hospital school demands adaptability, sensitivity and creativity and Lucy has demonstrated these things exceptionally in all the work she has done with our students. She has inspired and engaged children who have their school lessons at the bedside on their wards and has facilitated not just wonderful learning experiences, but also social and emotional ones, for those who are allowed to make the journey down to the hospital school room. Our groups of children don’t know each other when they first come to school and Lucy can quite easily put them at ease, enable them to work together confidently and most importantly she creates a space in which they can express themselves and have fun."

    Danielle Valdar, Deputy Head Teacher at Great Ormond Street Hospital School

     

    "There were several students who usually screw their noses up at anything new or involving performing arts so we were amazed and happy to hear the lovely comments made after the sessions. We have one Year 8 boy who resists everything and during his session he said to me "This ain't half bad!" A very big compliment from this young man. A sixth form student who struggles to interact well with others came out of the room and said "That was so much fun, Lucy is fun and I like drama now”

    Teacher at Beal SEN High School, Redbridge

     

    "Lucy has worked as a facilitator for the Bush, working with primary school aged children. She has received great feedback from teachers and students, really engaging the students in creative activities and we would be thrilled to work with her again."
    Amanda Castro, Community Producer at The Bush Theatre

     

    “What sets Lucy apart as a practitioner is her ability to respond immediately to the needs of the group with fluidity, grace and humour. Her work at GOSH requires her to deliver one to one sessions with children in beds as well as small groups. Lucy never knows ahead of time exactly who or what group she will be working with, but her years of training and dedication mean that she is able to produce high quality sessions that cater to the students on the spot. She knows just how to pitch her manner to make individuals feel comfortable and keen to join in. It's a delight to watch her navigate this difficult role with not only sound teaching methods, but also a strong sense of artistry and deliberate craft "

    Maharati Windle at Great Ormond Street Hospital

     

     

     

     

  • Contact

    info@lucydear.com

    +447849 084 788

    Twitter @lucy_dear