Matt is a freelance drama specialist, performer and creative producer. He works in a range of educational and cultural settings on the use of drama and storytelling to engage learners. As a qualified primary teacher, Matt has a particular interest in the power of drama as a tool for learning, and works extensively with schools to embed drama in teaching and learning. He is interested in developing practice around working with young people with special educational needs.
He is the Creative Producer for Northwest Drama Services, whose flagship project ‘The Children’s Shakespeare Festivals’ works with over 50 schools in high profile professional theatres across the region, including The Lowry and Royal Exchange Theatre.
He also performs and teaches performance skills at a variety of levels; recent work has included National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and M6 Theatre.
Matt devised and performed in Welcome to Cottonopolis for Peoplescape Theatre.
He is also running Speech Bubbles workshops for Peoplescape in 4 schools in Greater Manchester
Catherine has been working with children and adults with complex learning disabilities for 14 years. She combines her skills as a drama practitioner and trained Speech and Language Therapist to improve levels of self esteem, communication skills & confidence of children with special needs.
Catherine studied Drama at Exeter University, specialising in applied drama. She has worked with various theatre companies including Greengoose (for young adults with learning disabilities), Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre and London Bubble (special school workshop programme).
Since 2005 she has been working in special schools and in the community as an SLT. She began to develop the use of drama techniques within her practice to improve communication skills of children and adults with learning disabilities .
She worked as a consultant with Entelechy Arts on a number of projects working with children and young people with complex disabilities. She provided training for the involved artists on communicating effectively with children with special needs.
Catherine became involved with the learning programme at the Museum of London in 2008. She was co-ordinator of the special schools programme for a year, and worked with Peoplescape Theatre as a Special Needs consultant during the development of their ‘At the Pleasure Gardens’ session. She also developed drama/storytelling sessions which she continues to run as part of the programme.
Since 2008 she has acted as a Special Needs consultant at the Geoffrey Museum and Bromley Museum, and has led disability & communication awareness training with learning and front line Museum staff at both of these museums, as well as at the Museum of London, Museum of London Docklands, and Carisbrooke Castle.