Established in January 2017, we aim to offer high quality, engaging & empowering drama experiences for children and young people, where pupils can gain confidence through games, improvisation, devising and art & prop design.
We run weekly classes in local schools and venues, holiday workshops for a range of ages, regular trips to Unicorn Theatre and yearly opportunities for pupils from Year 2+ to perform in a professional theatre.
Our class sizes are limited and all clubs are tailored to the children we teach, giving local children a safe & enjoyable space to explore their own creativity, and a platform to share and celebrate their work.
All White Rabbit teachers and assistants hold Enhanced DBS certificates and all classes run with at least one first aider present (12hr paediatric first aid certificate) and with leaders who have successfully completed training in Level 3 Safeguarding for Children.
WHITE RABBIT CO-FOUNDER
FACILITATOR (ALL AGES)
Certificates: BA (Hons) Acting: Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Enhanced DBS, 12hr Paediatric First Aid, Chaperone licence LBRUT, Covid-19 Prevention, National Online Safety Remote Safeguarding, Level 3 Safeguarding for Children, Data Protection
Anna loves listening to children's ideas & stories and believes that the most rewarding results come from acting as a facilitator to pupils imaginations, giving them gentle guidance and the space needed for ideas to grow and confidence to soar! Her aim is to give children the tools they need to trust in their own creative instincts and to build a strong sense of teamwork and support from an early age. Anna's aim is to create a drama club that is inclusive & strong enough to support others through outreach work. She tries to help others where able and has acted as a volunteer for Polka Theatre's 'Polka 40 project' interviewing children on the impact the theatre has had on their lives. She is also a member of 'Action for Children's Arts', a charity campaigning for the right of every child to access the arts.
Anna discovered a love of the Arts at the age of 16 and her youth was spent in drama studios, Chester's 'Little Theatre' and Manchester Youth Theatre, where she gained the passion for Improvisation & Devising that forms the backbone of White Rabbit Drama Club. She graduated from Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 2004 with Ba (hons) Acting, and performed in short films, BBC comedy and theatre-in-education, before creating her own theatre company, where she taught children of all ages in schools & drama clubs, and wrote, produced & performed in a series of plays for the Edinburgh, Brighton and London fringe described as; 'One to watch' by The Stage and 'sleek, streamlined and utterly compelling' by the Scotsman newspaper.
WHITE RABBIT CO-FOUNDER
HEAD OF ART & PROPS
FACILITATOR (EARLY YEARS-SHOWCASE)
Certificates: First Class Bsc (Hons) Psychology with neuroscience, CACHE Diploma level 3 Early Years education & care. Enhanced DBS, 12hr Paediatric First Aid, Covid-19 Prevention
Katie's passion lies in helping children's confidence to develop and she brings a unique element to White Rabbit, with a First Class Bsc (Hons) in Psychology with neuroscience and a CACHE Diploma level 3 in Early Years education & care. Her insight, both educational and psychological, are invaluable, as the content of each White Rabbit club is tailored specifically for the children we teach.
Katie enjoys exploring new stories and characters with our younger children and guides our Early Stage pupils with great care & patience, helping them to discover new adventures and navigate their emotions effectively through the use of drama techniques.
With a flair for Art & Design, Katie also heads our growing Art & Props department; Classes offering children the chance to experiment with design techniques used by the professionals and to learn another side of the industry in collaboration with 'Prop Remedies' Thea Collins.
Drama Leader (all ages)
Certificates & Experience: Diploma in Musical Theatre. Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. Enhanced DBS, 12hr Paediatric First Aid, Level 3 Safeguarding for Children, Prevent Covid-19. Licensed Chaperone. Creative Director, London New Years Day Parade Richmond Entry 2020 (awarded 2nd place in the Borough Competition).
Choreographer for Babette Langford's Young Set
With over 30 years experience teaching drama, dance & musical theatre, Gioia has acted as our White Rabbit teacher-trainer, director and advisor since our opening in 2017.
Gioia loves working with children & young people and aims to deliver classes that the students enjoy taking part in, as much as she enjoys teaching! She believes that all life is drama, where we make choices about what we do, say, and how to react, with every new situation we face. She believes firmly that there are no wrong answers, as long as we all support each other and places great emphasis on the power of really listening to our fellow actors. Gioia hopes that her work as teacher and facilitator will help the children to gain confidence to express their own ideas, whilst also learning to accept those of others.
Having trained for 8 years at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Gioia began her career acting for TV, short films and performing in pantomime in the UK & Ireland. She has spent most of her professional life choreographing for Babette Langford's Young Set, helping to raise funds for The Variety Club of Great Britain and providing opportunities for hundreds of young people to take part in professional productions in both Regional and West End Theatres.