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!
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.
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.
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.
Paige has always loved drama, music and performing; taking part in various school productions from a young age as well as doing GCSE drama. She was a member of the Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory Youth Theatre for three years and recently joined the Actor's Workshop! She is so excited to be working with BAD students and is hoping to inspire them to love theatre and performance as much as she does.
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. 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. Oh and she loves goats!
Writer in Residence/Assistant Facilitator
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!
Paul is a professional Actor/Devisor and Lyricist who hails from Weymouth, Dorset. Paul is an experienced professional Actor, Theatre-Maker, Workshop Facilitator and LAMDA Teacher. Paul has worked for a number of years at Stagecoach and Footlights, providing private LAMDA lessons in poetry, prose and acting for all age groups. Having spent the past seven years Acting professionally, he has enjoyed a varied mix of professional work. Paul specialises in devising theatre for younger audiences and for those with additional educational needs. He co-devised the shows 'Alf the Highwayman' (Best Children’s Show Award - Shaftesbury Fringe 2016, Best Kids’ Show Award - Swindon Fringe 2017), 'George and the Flight of the Imaginees' and 'Sticky Ends: Paul is always striving to further his creative practise and develop his skills as a Facilitator. He is currently working towards taking his Estill Figure Proficiency (EFP) exam in Voice Training. In addition to this, he co-founded community arts centre Creative Workspace in South Bristol which is funded by Arts Council England.
LAMDA Teacher/Cover Facilitator
Jo is a Freelance Creative Producer and Facilitator based in Bristol. Jo is the Artistic Director of contemporary performance collective Up The Ante and Associate Producer for Bath Spa Productions. Jo has a BA in Drama with Creative Writing from Bristol's UWE and is currently studying towards an MA in Creative Producing at Bath Spa University.
Her portfolio is available to view here.
Cover Facilitator/Website Administrator
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!
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!
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
Rachael is the co-creator of ‘Dice Tales’ the improvised and interactive story show for children. She is also a company member of Closer Each Day, the improvised Soap Opera and Murder She Didn’t Write, an improvised Murder Mystery currently appearing in The West End. And if that’s not enough she is a Secondary School Teacher! She brings with her a wealth of experience as a performer and teacher and loves working with the children to help them build confidence and performance skills.