About

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I hope you enjoy browsing. Please feel free to get in touch if you are interested in any of my courses or have any projects you would like to discuss.



Teaching​



I offer courses for teachers, practitioners, students, young people & business people. The tasks are designed to be failsafe, challenging and enjoyable. 



 




Theatre Direction and Acting


I direct plays for local and professional groups. My experience lies in both classic and modern plays as well as adaptation, community and forum theatre.  I have a musical background, play piano and cello and am interested in devising new work as well as developing new areas of expertise. I have worked for BBC World Service Radio playing Lady Bracknell in 'The Importance of Being Earnest' for their Learning English Course. (2015)


I trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and worked as an actress as Miranda Jaquarello in theatre and TV, (Dublin Stage Company, Stratford East, Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, BBC and Granada TV) as a musician (The Vital Disorders) and puppeteer (Norwich Puppet Theatre).

I have taught and directed youth theatre at Paston College, Norfolk where I ran the Expressive Arts Department for 10 years. (Ofsted Grade 1: Feb. 2008).  We toured for over twenty years with Far East Theatre Company to the Edinburgh Festival and around the UK producing original, modern and classic plays for young audiences.



In 2010, I co-founded fEast Theatre with Rob John, a new company specifically formed to develop and showcase new work by professional writers, actors and directors from Norfolk. I directed their first two productions 'One Eighty' by Rob John (2011) and  ‘Battery’ by Beatrice  Armstrong (2012).  A new production, 'The Canada Boys’ by Rob John enjoyed a sell out tour in Norfolk in May 2013 and was revived in April 2014 including a date at The Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton in London. This production has helped focus the direction of the company with it's Norfolk voices and Norwich locations. It was followed by 'Parachute' another play set in Norfolk which proved very popular and in Spring 2016, we completed the Norfolk Trilogy by Rob John with 'Winter '53'.

I now teach and direct part-time both at home and abroad as well as act for BBC Radio.

 

In 2012, I  co-wrote new music and directed ‘The Jungle Book  - a new musical' for Far East Theatre Company. In 2013/14, I directed  MULTIMEDIA ALICE - or 'Who Stole the Tarts?',  a production using film, drama, dance, song, soundscape, costume and prop design to create an original, surreal, ever changing installation in which performers retold the famous Alice in Wonderland story giving it contemporary relevance.



I have experience running courses for teachers and students of GCSE English, GCSE Drama, BTEC Performing Arts, AS and A2 Drama and Theatre Studies, AS and A2  Performance Studies, useful to Youth Theatre Directors and Community Drama Workers.  I hold Qualified Teacher Status,  am DBS checked and hold Public Liability Insurance.



I can offer special packages for schools and colleges, whole days, residentials, evenings or twilight sessions and can prepare a course based on a text or skills of a school's choice. I supply all resources including scripts, images, props, music, sound effects and  DVD clips. Every participant is supplied with a full resource pack.

I am prepared to travel and relish invitations from abroad. I have recently travelled to Stuttgart to teach in a dual language classroom Shakespeare for Young People. 

 





Mandy McKenna

 Drama Practitioner and Theatre Director

Mandy McKenna

 Drama Practitioner and Theatre Director
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