I was born in Alsage, a village in South Cheshire, and educated at St Dominic's High School, Stoke on Trent. Later I graduated, with distinction, from The Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

 

My first job was at The Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham, creating and running a junior Arts Club for 12 to 15 year-olds.

 

After eighteen months I accepted a post as Voice Teacher at The Central School of Speech and Drama and spent eight years teaching there.

 

My next appointment was as a Voice Coach with The Royal Shakespeare Company, where I worked alongside the legendary Cicely Berry, in their London and Stratford venues. I left the RSC to go freelance as a Theatre Director and Voice Coach.

 

There followed years juggling child rearing with work and creating a theatre company alongside freelance jobs. The professional highs were winning a Fringe award for a play by David Richard Fox, commissioned by our company, and adapting and producing Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece at the Almeida Theatre.

 

My next permanent post was as a voice teacher at RADA. This led to course leader of the MA course and finally to Dean of Studies.

 

After fifteen years in all at RADA, I returned to a freelance life as a voice specialist in the Theatre.

 

Other highlights of my working life include an eighteen year association with Suburu Theatre Company in Tokyo with annual workshop visits, teaching trips to Moscow, New York, Chicago and Bali. Not to mention a Jungian training analysis with a year spent seeing patients, uder supervision, at the Royal Free Hospital, and much more.

 

More recently my concentration has been on writing fiction. After completing a graduate diploma in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, I have had poems and two novels published.

 

Recently I have completed a training as a funeral celebrant with the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants.

 

And built a new house!