The team

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Artistic Director

With a passion for drama since a very young age, Claire 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. With a First Class Drama degree she has worked as a Key Stage 3 Drama Teacher as well as a freelance LAMDA teacher. She is thrilled to be offering this new and exciting way of engaging with the world of theatre.




Kate is a freelance Theatre Maker, Director and Facilitator based in Bristol who specialises in making work with, for and by Young People. She has extensive experience in outreach and participation both in theatre and school settings, and is passionate about empowering young voices and giving them a platform to make ambitious, bold and challenging theatre. Recent Directing projects include Antigone (The Egg Theatre), Schools Takeover Project (Tobacco Factory Theatres), Happimess (Edinburgh Fringe), Courtyard Opening (The V&A Museum), as well as making work with her company Little Echo. She currently facilitates for organisations including; National Youth Theatre, G64 Theatre, The Egg - Bath Theatre Academy, Shakespeare Schools Festival, Bigfoot Arts Education, Unique Voice and One Day Creative.

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Hannah-Rose grew up in Norwich and started acting and performing at the age of two. She spent 10 childhood years training with the Norwich Theatre Royal until the age of 18, obtained a BTEC in performing arts and then completed an Associate Diploma in Performance Arts.

Hannah-Rose has been working as a drama facilitator for six years. Throughout this time she has run drama sessions for students aged 2-21 in schools and nurseries across Norfolk. Hannah-Rose has taught for Stagecoach all over the country and works as a freelance LAMDA teacher .  Alongside her teaching, Hannah-Rose is also Assistant Producer for a local theatre company, creating new exciting accessible theatre for all types of audiences.

Hannah-Rose says "I love working with and encouraging young people. I know how important drama can be in the development of young people as I was a very shy child myself. I’m passionate about teaching all aspects of acting and theatre skills. I think it is important to do so whilst having lots of fun and in a safe environment so the students can fully express themselves and create some amazing theatre. "




Dom is a musician, performer and director for children’s theatre. A product of the Made in Bristol programme at the Bristol Old Vic, he has since led and assisted workshops for Historic England, Bristol Old Vic, Drama Power and Unique Voice. In 2019, Dom went on a national tour with ROMANS! - an immersive theatre show by Mufti Games supported by the Royal Shakespeare Company. A high-energy sense of play is central to all the workshops he runs for all ages and he’s excited to introduce the B.A.D students to the huge catalogue of games he’s picked up over the years.

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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. 



Assistant Facilitator

Jess is a final year student studying Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Bristol. Having worked with children in a theatre space for almost 8 years in both a child care sense and also from a teaching perspective, it is a combination of experience and passion that drives her facilitation, directing and artistic choices in a theatre setting. Her most recent example of this type of experience is in a music and theatre summer camp that she runs and organises whenever she is not at University. The role she takes in this summer camp means that she has to create and guide the children through a piece of theatre work (usually in the form of an original musical) towards a final performance, all in the space of the one week program, the rewards of which are clear in the participant’s newfound love of theatre and confidence on the stage. She loves giving young people the gift of theatre in a physical, real-life way and looks forward to the amazing things they will create together.



Assistant Facilitator

Phoebe is currently studying A Level Theatre studies, sociology and psychology at Bristol Cathedral school. Her aim is to go into a practical based course in drama after school. She has been in multiple plays, attends Bristol Old Vic youth and has recently started BAOs youth. She loves working with younger children and babysits regularly.



Cover Facilitator

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.

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Cover Facilitator

Clara Collett graduated in 2014 from Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with a BA Honours in Community Drama. Clara specialises in facilitating and directing, and works mainly with children and young people to provide opportunities within the arts. Her skills lay mainly in delivering creative and innovative projects utilising drama, movement, music and creative writing. After graduating she set up her own theatre company Pip Theatre. Pip provides fun and fresh activities for young people of all ages, within a community, a school and festivals. She has also collaborated with Chol Theatre, Uprising Manchester and has run storytelling workshops at Latitude, Glastonbury and Deershed Festival. In her spare time she loves to travel the world and learn different cookery skills and is a bit of Wiz in the kitchen!

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Production Manager

Helen has a wealth of theatre experience as both a performer, director, producer and stage hand.  Having been a key member of non professional theatre groups in Bristol she is now relishing the chance share this knowledge with young people.




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!

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Benj is a Bristolian theatre-maker focusing on devising-led processes, movement and dance.
He collaborates regularly with the Bristol Old Vic theatre and develops shows through their Engagement, Heritage and Literary departments as a performer & facilitator. He trained with Bristol Old Vic theatre for 3 years as part of the Young company scheme, which then led him onto their in-house company course called Made in Bristol. After graduating from the course he carried on working closely with Bristol Old Vic performing in shows in and around Bristol. Working with the outreach team for more than 4 years as a facilitator has meant he's worked with so many different communities. Benj is delighted to be a part of the BAD team and can't wait to unlock the kids' creativity and watch them grow on their journeys.

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Ollie is a gentle and nurturing Cornish-born individual who has been working in theatre, film and television for almost a decade. After discovering a passion in school, he acquired LAMDA qualifications in performance and was a long-time member of youth-theatre group 'Upstage' in Truro, Cornwall. Since graduating from Lancaster Univsersity with a BA in Theatre Studies, he has worked with a range of professional theatre companies including Miracle Theatre, Kneehigh and Scary Little Girls. This has included runs at the famous Minack Theatre, outdoor tours in the South-west and projects all over the UK. During this time he has been involved in all aspects of theatre creation; performance, stage managing, teching, writing and directing. He has an extensive background in devising and improv as well as creating theatre with children, having been involved in leading numerous workshops. He strongly believes in the use of theatre and performance to build confidence, empathy and emotional intelligence. Ollie is proud to be an ambassador for BAD and aims to hone the imagination and skills of all attendees - as well as having a lot of fun along the way.



Facilitator/Private Lessons Teacher

Jac is a filmmaker, musician and writer based in Bristol and London. After graduating from East 15 he co-founded the award theatre company When I Say Jump, winning awards from Ideas tap, NSDF and the Student Playwriting Competition and has performed around the UK (The Southwark Playhouse, Old Joint Stock, Pleasance Theatre Islington, Wardrobe Theatre). With a background in devising and group orientated practise, Jac is passionate about cultivating an environment where the students feel free to express themselves using music, creative writing and performance. Jac is incredibly excited to be part of BAD and passionate about helping the students discover their voices and creativity.

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Writer in Residence/Assistant Facilitator

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.



Assistant Facilitator

Natasha is an actor, writer, theatre-maker and musician. She has been a member of The National Youth Theatre since 2018 and has recently formed her own theatre company with friends through the Made In Bristol programme at the Bristol Old Vic. The theatre company, Owl On The Roof Theatre, performed their very first show during the pandemic, 'The Story of Guts'. This was performed on the Bristol Old Vic main stage in which Natasha starred in and co-wrote the show. She continues to work with them creating and performing theatre wherever there's space for it. She is prone to getting lost within the breath-taking sounds of Beethoven and the timeless tales of Shakespeare. In particular, Natasha is a lover of all things poetry and a proud book worm. You can find her at most open mic nights around Bristol, however, she can't promise not to word-vomit all over you... come at your own risk.

Natasha believes herself to be very introspective both within the arts and the every- day. This understanding of herself and her own needs is what she wants reflected within the space she creates for others; she encourages you to be kind to yourself as well as to the people around you but most importantly - to have fun and not take yourself too seriously!

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Assistant Facilitator

Ben is a Bristol-based Actor, Writer and Producer with a degree in Drama and Acting.

Before graduating, Ben co-formed the theatre company Flying Chairs and produced ‘A Series of Short Plays’ at the Lightship Theatre in 2019. Ben is currently producing and acting in Flying Chairs upcoming show which will be performed in 2021. Outside of his work with Flying Chairs, he has performed in Re-imagine Theatre’s ‘Wasted’ and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in ‘No Fun and Games’ which was nominated for the 2019 Derek Awards.

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Associate Artist

Anna Friend has been working as a Director and teacher for the past 12 years after completing her PGCE at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has always been passionate about bringing theatre into everyone's everyday experience and making it accessible and exciting for audiences and participants alike. She has founded and run two Youth Theatre companies, inspiring many members to continue onto further training in the arts. Quirky Bird Theatre launched in November 2015 and since then has gained a reputation for compelling, surprising theatre with young actors at the heart of it. She directed the phenomenal Wroughton Passion Play from Gatecrash Theatre and 'Tusk Tusk' which won several awards at the All England Theatre Festival. Most recently she has directed DNA by Dennis Kelly and That Face by Polly Stenham which both tour schools and colleges across the UK. Other projects include Spur of the Moment by Anya Reiss at the Shoebox Theatre, Heartbreak Beautiful by Christopher William Hill and the 2018 Old Town Nativity. Anna is also Resident Director at one of Bristol's much loved studio theatre's, The Alma Tavern Theatre. She directed and performed in their debut homegrown production of 'Two' by Jim Cartwright and has received 5* reviews for her adaptation of the Ibsen classic 'A Dolls House' and 'flawless' interpretation of Mike Leigh's 'Abigail's Party'. Most recently she starred in the one woman tour-de-force 'Shirley Valentine' by Willy Russell which is set to return to the stage in November 2020.

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Administrator/Cover Facilitator

Carlota is a Portuguese theatre maker, director and facilitator based in Bristol. She works with young people, communities and artists, focusing on access and social change. She is interested in crossing art forms and making work that challenges conventions, raises awareness and changes the way people think.