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Drama Teachers Wanted!

When I first started Perform, one of my friends told me that ?staff would be my biggest problem?. She had her own business and said that finding the right people was her main challenge.

In many ways, she was right. It is continual challenge to keep recruiting brilliant people and over the years we have experimented with different ways of finding our teachers. Nevertheless, the one thing I am resolute about is to use working professional actor-singer-dancers as Perform Teachers. We've tried qualified school teachers, child psychologists and those with childcare qualifications but realised quite quickly that it is only actors who have trained in the performing arts and worked in "the business" who have the skills and energy to deliver Perform classes.

Of course, it's unusual to recruit actors who are actively focused on finding other work. However, dynamism and passion is at the heart of the way we communicate with children and using professional performers is best for our method of teaching. Yes, they might go off to do a commercial and miss a week, but using the most talented people available means that the children will be equally inspired and motivated by the other teacher who stands in for them that day. The challenge is finding and training the very best and never ever settling for second-best.

With almost 200 schools currently across London and the South-East extending as far out as Oxford, Cambridge, Hove and Tunbridge Wells and around 20-30 new schools opening every January, April and September, this is a BIG challenge! Next year, we'll be opening in Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and environs - our first big push outside London and the South-East - and of course these areas are even harder to recruit in as most actors are based in London.

So, my focus is now on recruiting fantastic new actors. I'm looking for ?triple threats' (people who are great at acting, singing and dancing), those who love children and want a stimulating and rewarding job in between their acting work. We provide a full training and, because we work after-school time and at weekends, attending meetings and auditions is never a problem.

We run auditions every month in Central London so, if you have any suitable friends, please do spread the word and ask them to send their CV and photo to [email protected]. I'd love to hear from them.

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    From Janina Blohm-Sievers
    Hi Lucy,

    I'm an actor and a drama teacher and very interested in working for Perform. I've mostly worked with children between 7 and 12 but also have experience with groups of all kinds of ages and backgrounds. I did my BA in Drama in Education and my MA in Screen Acting and have been working as a drama teacher for five years now.
    I'd love to get involved, so please let me know when you're recruiting.

    From Fiona Spreadborough
    Hi Lucy
    I just came across your site and blogg when looking for drama teacher work. I am returning from living in Portugal for 6 years this August. I am a professional actress and have been running Portugals first and only PerforminG Arts School here. "Escola Portuguesa & English de Artes de Representacao" But I miss acting myself so much I must come back to the UK. I would be really interested to speak more with you if you have any vacancies in the Surrey south East London area for September.
    Best wishes and much success
    Fiona Spreadborough
    From Sonnie Beckett
    Dear Lucy,
    I am a professional actress and singer who is really interested in working at perform. I also have over 7 years childcare experience as a nanny, drama workshop leader, drama therapist and teaching assistant.
    3 highlights of my acting career so far: Being nominated for a Lawrence Olivier Award at Drama School, performing at The Globe as part of the Sam Wanamaker festival and writing, composing, directing and performing in my own musical 'The Ten Belles'.
    For two years now i have been a part time nanny and have been taking the little ones to Perform in West Hampstead which they love!
    I feel i have a lot to offer and would love to be considered for an audition.

    Thank you! Sonnie Beckett
    From Caroline Lomba
    Hi there?

    I have just come across your business online from Sonoma County, CA (think wine and Snoopy). Do you have anything going in the States?

    I co-created and co-direct some a local musical theater camps with a friend that has become quite popular, and I'm really curious to know more about what you do and look forward to becoming familiar with your blog!

    All my best,
    Caroline Lomba
    From Szilvia Keffert
    Dear Lucy,
    The work Perform does sounds amazing. I found the blog searching for answers about drama an autism. Two of my students are on the spectrum of autism. The information on this website was useful, thank you very much. I am currently working for Schoolhouse Education in Abbey Wood, with teenagers who could not fit into mainstream education and most of them moving onto either employment or further studies. Unfortunately I am finishing with the school this month and I saw you are recruiting for your school.
    I graduated in Rose Bruford College 6 years ago and finished my PGCE in Greenwich University in October. I am working to complete my QTS.
    I would like to know when your next recruitment day is, and would love to apply.

    Kind Regards,

    Szilvi Keffert
    From Anna-Maria Everett
    Hi Lucy

    I'm a working Actress, graduating from The Academy Drama School 17 years ago, and for the last 4 years I've been head of drama at Finch Stage School in Essex , leading the workshop classes for 5-18 year olds, which I absolutely adore! I also provide cover when needed at PollyAnna and Actorworks.

    I also take Masterclasses on 'How to get Work'with Drama students waiting to graduate from Drama School.

    I'm keen to become part of the Perform team- where can I audition for you?
    020 7255 9120 Phone