Course Leaders

Project Director, Dr Geoff Readman, has worked extensively in drama and theatre as an actor-teacher, primary and secondary drama specialist, drama inspector and university lecturer. He is currently a freelance Consultant in Theatre and Drama Education. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

Patrice Baldwin is a primary drama for learning specialist, and was a Primary Headteacher and Ofsted Inspector. She is Past Chair of National Drama and Past President of the International Drama Education Association. She is an educational author, national curriculum consultant and was Drama Editorial Expert for Sir Jim Rose’s proposed primary national curriculum.

Pavla Beier is an Independent Drama Specialist, based in Leeds. Pavla has worked closely with teachers and children in primary settings for over 15 years, using participatory drama as a way to engage children to deepen and enrich their learning.
Using a strong story as a starting point, she creates an inclusive environment with space for children to reflect and enquire; examining the inferred meanings within a story as well as the overarching themes.
Pavla’s background is in performance, theatre in education and child development, with a BA (Hons) in Communication Arts: Specialism Drama from the University of Leeds and an MA in Childhood Studies from Leeds Beckett University.

Rachel Gartside is Education Associate Practitioner at RSC. She has spent her career exploring the possibilities for learning through Drama. Co-Author of the RSC Toolkit for Teachers, she has been an Education Associate of the Royal Shakespeare Company for twelve years. Before that, she spent five years as a teacher/actor with The Playhouse in Birmingham schools. In this role, she designed learning across the primary curriculum for children aged 3-11, using Drama as a teaching tool. She has an MPhil in Drama in Education from Warwick University.

Anthony Haddon specialises in theatre and drama projects for children, young people and community audiences. Currently working with Opera North Education Department and Bradford Museums. Recently commissioned by Leeds Playhouse and Learning Improvement to create and perform in a programme of work introducing Shakespeare to Year One children in Leeds schools.

Deborah Pakkar-Hull is currently the Artistic Director of Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah. She has over 25 years’ experience in the educational drama field, working as a teacher, practitioner, director and lecturer and was previously the Artistic Director of Birmingham-based theatre in education company, The Play House.
Deborah’s interests lie in creating opportunities for experiential learning using compelling stories that enable participants to imagine themselves and the world differently.

Bhavik Parmar is a Senior Education Officer at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre where he directs youth theatre plays, develops exciting learning programmes and facilitates workshops in schools.
Previously, Bhavik has worked as a Youth Theatre Director at Lakeside Arts Centre in Nottingham and as Young Company Assistant Director at Kiln Theatre.

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