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The Staff - Ufton Drama

Who Are We?

The Ufton Drama Summer School works with a number of talented teachers, designers, artists and Drama professionals to design and deliver the content for each course. We try to keep the teaching  team as consistent as possible but do try to match the course material with the best tutors.

The Team for 2019

Ron Price

Course Director

Ron Price is the co-founder of the Ufton Drama Summer School. Teacher and lecturer, Advanced Skills Teacher for Drama and Theatre, author, and Ex-Artistic Director of Scene Productions. He is currently a visiting lecturer at Reading University, Chair of the Board of Studies at The Institute of Education,  Reading University

Ron has been an examiner for both GCSE and Advanced level Drama and Theatre, education adviser to the National Theatre and has been a consultant to the Arts Council.  

His proudest achievement is the Ufton Drama Summer School.

As Course Director my role is to lead the creative development of the course. I bring together some of the most exciting talent in Drama education and contemporary theatre into a team that creates a truly unique, challenging and above all enjoyable week for all our students.

It is the best week of my year every year and I never fail to be proud and inspired by the outstanding achievements of all the students. 

Ron’s Personality ‘In a Nutshell’:

Focused, imaginative, innovative and cheerfully bonkers

Scott Cairns

Course Manager

A creative anarchist, Scott has been working with summer school since 1994. A former student on the course and advancing to provide support for the teaching team he is now the course manager. Scott has run his own businessess since 2004 and is now a full time writer and designer.

Not only does the course benefit from logistics skills in bringing each course to the table but he also provides his creative talent to the course to provide additional tutoring, essential technical support and guidance. His energy, enthusiasm and passion for summer school help to keep each course a buoyant and vibrant experience.

 

My role on the course is to create the perfect conditions to allow our students to be as creative and productive as possible. To do this, they need to feel safe and valued with access to the best resources and learning environments. I get an enormous amount of professional pleasure helping our young adults achieve exceptional practical work and take pride in the way they develop over the week.

Scott’s Personality ‘In a Nutshell’:

Unconventional, industrious, entertaining and dependable

Peter Ging

Course Tutor

A former head of the highly achieving Drama department at The Emmbrook School in Wokingham, Peter has lectured for a range of external companies on successful delivery of Drama at GCSE and A-Level.

He specialises in physical devising and has worked with a range of companies such as Frantic Assembly in creating effective visual and energetic work.

As well as being part of the Ufton team since 2010, Peter has completed all four courses himself as a student and regards the Ufton Drama Summer School as the pinnacle of his teaching year.

As a tutor on the course, my role is to provide students with a high-quality and dynamic theatrical learning experience.  I also manage the intern position on the course and help give aspiring teachers and creative artists an unforgettable week of creativity, challenge and inspiration.  I adore all of the courses we run and feel passionately that Ufton is one of the most superb dramatic experiences anyone could come across.

Pete’s Personality ‘In a Nutshell’:

Patient, thorough and always experimental

George Ring

Course Tutor

George is Head Drama and Theatre studies at The Emmbrook School in Wokingham. Alongside her teaching, George has directed many productions and her passion lies in writing plays and devising theatre. George has recently written an adaptation of the Classical Greek tragedy Antigone which is currently being edited for publication.

George works closely with the University of Reading to assist with the training of new Drama teachers to develop their knowledge of Drama and mentors them in the delivery of dynamic and contemporary approaches to teaching the subject.

My role as a tutor on the course is to support students to produce work that far surpasses their own expectations of what they can achieve.

Each year I am truly humbled to work alongside such creative, adventurous and talented individuals and always love seeing the breath-taking and unforgettable performances that round-up the week’s work.

George’s Personality ‘In a Nutshell’:

Dynamic, innovative, engaging, collaborative and ambitious

Emma Gilbey

Course Tutor

Emma is an Actor having graduated from Arts Ed Drama School with an MA in Acting summer 2016 following studying English and Drama at Loughborough University. Since graduation she has appeared in a number of improv performances around London, contributed as an actor to Research and Development projects at The Lyric Hammersmith and The New Diorama Theatre and set up Six40 Theatre as joint Artistic Director.

Having completed all four of the Ufton Courses as a student herself she knows first hand the impact the course can have on its students and strives to deliver the same experience she was lucky enough to have been given.

Having experienced the course as a student myself I understand it’s potential impact on a student’s education both practically and socially.

Now, as a working professional Actor and Drama Workshop Leader, I offer students a contact and connection to the arts outside of the education system whilst imparting lessons I learnt on the course that I still live and work by today.

Emma’s Personality ‘In a Nutshell’:

Resourceful, creative, inquisitive, motivating and patient

Brad Welch

Course Tutor

Brad is a performer, director, writer and collaborator studying MA Advanced Theatre Practice at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He is interested in new approaches to the devising process, movement based performance, and critical approaches to making theatre.

Brad has completed all four courses as a student, and can attest to the success, development, and nurturing network of talented collaborators the Ufton experience provides. He is excited to bring his creative and organisational talents to the already superb staff, and looks forward to providing the same incredible experiences he himself had as a student.

My role is to help support students and staff across the week to make sure that the course runs smoothly and safely over the action-packed week the team has planned, and ensure that every student can make the most of their Ufton experience. Outside of Ufton I am a working Theatre Maker, and aim to provide students with a further connection to contemporary professional working practices. I can say that my own career wouldn’t be where it is without my time as a student at Ufton.

Brad’s Personality ‘In a Nutshell’:

Creative, thoughtful, fun, caring, and experimental

Intern Position

 
Each year, we offer a temporary role on the course staff to a student who has completed at least one of our four courses.

The programme aims to provide the intern with an experience of working within a creative team to provide a high quality artistic experience for young people in a residential setting.

As we have observed over the years, working on the Summer school can provide people with a significantly enhanced profile when seeking employment, training or education both within and outside of the education profession.

Our intern for the current year is:

Jana Chrichlow

Intern – 2019

 

Having completed all four courses as a student, Jana returns to the summer school for 2019 as an intern. 

Jana is currently working as a teaching assistant and hopes that her experience on the staff at Summer School will broaden her understanding of the profession. 

She is an energetic and creative character who will bring a lot of enthusiasm to the Physical Theatre course.

find out more about our intern programme and what positions are coming up
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