Claire graduated from University of West of England with a First Class Drama Degree. She formed Bristol Academy of Drama to introduce children to all genres of performance. She has a wealth of theatre experience, both professional and non professional, both on and off stage. She is an award winning actress and has enjoyed critical success as a director and producer. She has worked as a Key Stage 3 Drama Teacher as well as a freelance LAMDA teacher at Bristol Grammar School prior to starting BAD
Josh is an award-winning Actor and Director who has been teaching Performing Arts at City of Bristol College for over a decade. He has trained with numerous theatre companies including Gecko, Kneehigh, Vamos, New International Encounter and Frantic Assembly and he has a particular interest in physical and visual theatre and devising new and unusual work which combines a range of techniques and styles. He has directed work at the Edinburgh Fringe and also has experience of Mask work and Improvisation. His daughter has been attending Bristol Academy of Drama for four years so he is excited to be joining her as part of the gang!
Susannah is an actor, theatre maker, writer, and singer from Worcester. She graduated Arts University Bournemouth with a first-class degree in Acting. She is a member of the National Youth Theatre and has completed drama education courses with them, including earning a place on their Young Facilitators course in 2022. Susannah is particularly interested in theatre for children, imaginative devising play and musicality. She always brings a sense of fun and creative play into any rehearsal space, connecting all of her work to her inner child.
Facilitator & Administrator
Jo is a Creative Producer and Workshop Facilitator based in Bristol. They are Founder and Artistic Director of Contemporary Performance Collective UTA Arts CIC, and Associate Producer for Bath Spa Productions. Jo has more than ten years of experience as a Facilitator with adults as well as young people of all ages in a wide variety of environments including Bristol Shakespeare Festival, Stagecoach Performing Arts Schools and Shambala Festival. They are passionate about creating bold, punchy, contemporary theatre, and is most excited by experiments, creative risks and new challenges.
Maddie is an Assistant Facilitator currently studying Theatre and Film at the University of Bristol. Her strong passion for Theatre started and carried through school, during her first year at university and, of course, has led her to pursue her
work at B.A.D.
Yuri is a Brazilian actor, theatre maker, musician and sound designer. He is a graduate of the BA Acting and Physical Theatre course at East 15, where he developed his skills as a deviser, physical performer and facilitator as well as acting. He is the Artistic Director of Double Jinx Theatre, a Bristol-based physical theatre company that explores
fantasy storytelling on stage.
Blythe is a final year Theatre and English student at the University of Bristol. Despite being only 21, he has almost 5 years of experience working with children in a theatre setting. He enjoys inspiring creativity in children and offering a nurturing environment for their fun, and often bonkers, ideas.
Joe is an aspiring performer and writer currently in his final year of studying Theatre & Film at the Univeristy of Bristol. Over the last couple of years, he's performed, directed, and written for a number of student productions, including 'Pinocchio: The Panto!' and 'Panto She Wrote' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He's particularly interested in creating theatre that prioritises an open and inclusive rehearsal environment and believes the above all else, performing should be a tool for sparking joy, creativity, and collaboration for everyone involved in the process.
CJ is a Theatre and Performance student, in their final year at Bristol University. Their love of theatre started at a young age, but it was only in secondary school where it began to flourish. Throughout their time at uni, they have directed, written, and produced many student productions, including ‘Pinocchio: The Panto!’, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They have a passion for providing inclusive, safe spaces, where everyone, no matter what, gets a chance to be a star.
Juju is in her final year of her Theatre and Performance Studies degree at the University of Bristol. She absolutely loves theatre and has been doing drama productions since primary school. At the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, she acted in ‘Panto She Wrote’ and ‘All shook up’. She has a passion for creating performances that captivates the audience and empowering children to discover their confidence on the theatrical stage.
Writer in Residence
Having gained an English Literature degree from Durham University, Bea graduated from Actor Training at Fourth Monkey in London and now works as an Actor/ Writer/Director in London. She is currently working part of the Core Company for Arrows and Traps Theatre Company She loves to adapt and update classic literature as well as producing new writing and has recently written and performed a One Woman Show for Cobalt Theatre to critical acclaim. Her recently performed works include an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland and a new play "Twisted Fairytales" which was perform to sell out audiences in Edinburgh.
Writer in Residence
Adam Elms read Drama and English Literature at UWE, where he was awarded the Drama Prize. He is an Associate Artist of Blueprint Theatre in London and Schoolhouse Productions in Bristol, and was an Associate at acclaimed site-specific company, Theatre Mill, for four years. He has over fifty credits in theatre as an actor around the UK and abroad, appearing in everything from Shakespeare to Pinter, farce to Agatha Christie, and panto to Jacobean tragedy, via Dario Fo, Oscar Wilde, Mike Leigh, and many more. His work as an actor in premières of new writing include, recently: 'Legacy' (Blueprint/Rich Mix); 'Libby's Eyes' (The Bunker); D'Eon (Hope Mill, Manchester); and 'Love & Death' (SKINT/Unforced Errors). Adam will play Off-Broadway in Alan Ayckbourn's 'Absurd Person Singular' in December. His playwriting credits include work for the Old Red Lion, Park Theatre, Drayton Arms, SKINT Festival in Bristol and Wireless Theatre Company. Having worked in young people's theatre regularly as an actor, writer, and workshop leader, Adam is very passionate about the role the arts can play in a child's development and is delighted to be part of the team at the wonderful BAD.
Charlie Limm, is a British stage Actor, Musician, Composer and Facilitator who graduated from Royal Holloway University in 2011. Charlie has worked extensively in theatre as both a performer, childrens entertainer (starting life as a Christmas Elf at Hamley's Toyshop in London!), Stage Manager and as a Facilitator with young people. She has worked with many theatres and companies over the years including The Watermill Theatre, The Old Vic, Battersea Arts Centre, Polka Theatre and Shakespeares Globe to name a few. Charlie also previously was Co-Director of her own devising and new writing theatre company Pen & Rose Productions. As a musician, Charlie performs live as a solo folk artist and as part of the duo Patchwork Skies and has performed at various prestigious venues and festivals across the country after the release of her first solo EP in 2019 entitled 'Heart to Shore.' She brings haunting vocals, guitar and flute to the mix infused with classic 70's folk vibes and is described as having "...a high delicate voice with a talent for storytelling, Charlie charms everyone in the place." (Downend Folk Club 2019) Charlie also works extensively in theatre as an Actor - Musician and has composed the music to two theatre shows.
Bella is a theatre-maker, actor and facilitator. She graduated in Drama from the University of Exeter and has since trained in the International ACT Residency and the National Youth Theatre. In 2022, she performed as the White Rabbit on a tour of Alice In Wonderland with the Common Players; and at the Tobacco Factory and Revel Puck with Devilish Theatre.