The team


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.



Ellie is passionate about nurturing the creativity and well-being of young people, helping them to grow in confidence and build healthy connections through arts practice. Ellie has delivered creative projects in many different environments; in school, community and youth theatre settings - art disciplines include theatre, music, fine art and creative writing. She regularly works in outreach, facilitating arts access for wider areas of the community and young people with SEND. As an Actor, Ellie has been a part of ‘Process Theatre’ and their ever-developing devised show ‘Things We Do Not Know’ for 3 years, performing in venues across Bristol as well as winning ‘Judges Award’ at NSDF Festival 2019. She is also the Manager of ‘The Adventure Team’, providing immersive theatre-style adventures for children’s parties and events!


Assistant Facilitator

Zelda has been an enthusiastic actor since the age of 7, when she began to attend  Musical theatre classes. She is now studying her A levels at QEH where she has carried on her passion for drama as one of her subjects. She is involved in film and stage performances inside and outside of school which she absolutely loves and hopes to continue with as a career! Zelda loves the  energy,  enthusiasm and creativity the children bring to the classes each week, and it  brings her joy  to see them  build in confidence as they develop their acting skills.


Assistant Facilitator

Laura is currently studying for her A levels at Bristol Grammar with one being drama. She has been doing drama and musical theatre since primary school.. After of musical theatre she decided her true passion lay with straight acting and has been attending Actors Workshop for the last three years. As well as drama Laura loves working with younger children and  so BAD has given her the opportunity to combine the two things she loves the most into one. Laura hopes the children she coaches can learn and look up to her but also looks forward to the lessons she will learn from them! 


Assistant Facilitator

Pippa has always loved to be creative, whether it be through school music performances and plays, dance, or art.  She gained an A* in Art at GCSE. Outside of drama, she regularly volunteers in her school tutoring younger students in Spanish and French speaking skills and helping to improve their confidence. So BAD is a perfect match for her and she looks forward to helping young people step out of their comfort zones and above all enjoy themselves!


Administrator/Cover Facilitator

Carlota is a multidisciplinary artist based in Bristol, working in theatre, dance, music and film. She is passionate about facilitating workshops to children and young people and working with communities. With a background in physical theatre and classical music, Carlota has performed in various venues including Bristol Old Vic, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Marylebone Theatre in London and the Portuguese National Theatre. She has a First Class Degree in Acting and has starred in several short films, as well as making her own. She is part of a theatre company called Play The Goat, having co-directed and choreographed their first show Off-Peak.


Cover Facilitator

Jo is a Creative Producer and Workshop Facilitator based in Bristol. Jo is Founder and Artistic Director of Contemporary Performance Collective Up The Ante, 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. Jo is passionate about creating bold, punchy, contemporary theatre, and is most excited by experiments, creative risks and new challenges.


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.



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!



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. "


Assistant Facilitator

Amber has always had a passion for theatre and especially comedy! Obtaining a BA Hons degree in Acting from Plymouth Marjons university, she has since created her very own theatre company (Bow tie Theatre) which has toured around the country. Amber works full time with children of all ages, as a Playworker and as a Team Leader in the immersive children’s entertainment group The Adventure Team! In the past she has been involved with coaching workshops for Razzamatazz Theatre groups and Primary and secondary Drama summer schools. 


Assistant Facilitator

Esme is in the Sixth Form studying for her A levels.  She has lots of experience of working with children via her school and also has a number of younger siblings which means there is never a done moment at home.  She loves the theatre and has helped with school productions including Singing In The Rain where she helped with music and staging.  She loves working with the BAD children as it means that she gets to do all the things she loves in one place.


Assistant Facilitator

I have always loved and felt I belonged on the stage, my earliest performance being in Sweeney Todd in my mum’s belly! Since then, I have been involved in drama through The Big Act and through both primary and secondary school, finishing year 11 with an A in drama GCSE. I also love music and will be releasing some exciting projects this year. I’m currently starring in a short film called Airborne which is a coming of age drama about a young girl learning to fly and will be shown at some film festivals around the world this year. 


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. 


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.

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