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Jules Hobbs

Jules Hobbs

Co Director

Jules began working as a professional actor in 1983 performing in theatres nationwide and also in Europe. In 1996 she joined The English Shakespeare Company (education department) and remained with the company for four years until its closure and re-emergence as The Young Shakespeare Company. As a freelance drama practitioner she has worked for The Courtyard Theatre Hereford, Chipping Norton Theatre and also works for Lynx Theatre in Education ‘Play In A Day’ for which she also writes. Aside from working in the educational field Jules continues to work as a performer. She also works as a business actor and coach.

Richard Curnow BA (Hons) Lit (Open)

Richard Curnow BA (Hons) Lit (Open)

Co Director

Richard trained as a curative educational teacher at St Christopher’s Rudolf Steiner School Bristol, going on to teach children with special needs for six years. He then trained as an actor at The Birmingham School of Speech and Drama from 1981-1984. Since then Richard has worked extensively in theatre, radio and has many years experience in the field of Theatre in Education for companies such as: The English Shakespeare Company, Courtyard Theatre Hereford Education and Outreach Dept, Shakespeare Unlimited, Gazebo TIE Company and The Young Shakespeare Company. He still works as a jobbing actor in regional theatre and the corporate sector.

Angela Sims

Angela Sims

Associate Practitioner

Angela trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is a qualified Lecturer in Speech and Drama, teaching Voice at the Central School of Music and Drama and working with students of all ages to develop communication skills. Alongside her professional acting work, Angela works in the corporate field and is also an Examiner for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Claudia Hope

Claudia Hope

Associate Practitioner

Claudia began working as a professional actor in 1995. She has many years experience as a theatre practitioner with a wide range of participants including looked after children, young offenders and children in tsunami camps, as well as delivering training for professionals in using drama. Other work includes Old Vic New Voices and Shakespeare Schools Festival.

Maeve Leahy

Maeve Leahy

Associate Practitioner

Maeve is an Irish actress and singer who studied theatre at University College Cork and trained as an actor at The Drama Studio London. She has toured both the UK and internationally in a broad range of roles from Shakespeare and other classical works to contemporary writing and devised pieces. She has been facilitating drama and singing workshops with key stage 1 and 2 for over 10 years.

Richard Smith

Richard Smith

Associate Practitioner

After studying at Oxford Richard trained as an actor. His twenty five year career has included TV, video and theatre tours in the UK and Europe ranging from Vienna’s English Theatre and The American Drama Group to Quantum Theatre for Science and Cleo’s Company. Favourite roles include Hotspur, Horatio, Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Friar Laurence.

Mark Denham

Mark Denham

Associate Practitioner

Mark is a RADA trained actor with a masters in Applied Theatre who has worked on a broad range of theatre in the UK and abroad.  Based in London he enjoys supporting and leading as a practitioner in drama and mixed arts practices with young people in a range of settings, particularly young people with disabilities and autism.

Linda Hampton

Linda Hampton

Associate Practitioner

Linda is an experienced singer, actress, drama facilitator, scriptwriter, theatre director and producer. She has worked in primary schools as a performer, and as a drama practitioner under the umbrella of her own company, Actitout. She has also worked for 10 years with adults with a learning disability as a drama workshop leader, writer and director.

Richard Bardsley

Richard Bardsley

Associate Practitioner

Richard studied at the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama. His varied career has included Theatre in Education, the West End, Chichester Festival Theatre, number one tours and small scale theatre. Shakespeare work includes The Tempest, Antony And Cleopatra, The Taming Of The Shrew and Othello both as a performer and a producer.

Our Patrons

Bernard Cribbins OBE – passionate about drama for children and awarded the OBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to drama.

Sue Pritchard “The company’s contribution in de-mystifying the classic repertoire and creating the audiences of the future is invaluable.”

The Lord Blair of Boughton and The Lady Blair “My wife and I have been Patrons of FINDING THE WILL since 2010 and are delighted to add our wholehearted support to the company’s unflagging efforts to bring Shakespeare to primary schools.”

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