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Kirsten started her training at the Sylvia Young Theatre School. She went on to study at Coventry University on the performing arts scholarship and gained a 2:1 degree in Theatre and Professional Practice BA (Hons). Most recently she gained a place at ALRA - Academy of Live and Recorded Arts where she gained an MA in Professional Acting with Merit. She specialises in the fields of devising theatre, improvisation, voice, character development, creative movement and acting technique. Kirsten continues to work as a professional actress on stage and screen.
Kirsten's drama lessons are tailored towards each age group age 3-5s, 6-8s, 9-11s and teens, building confidence and helping the student to develop as a performer. Lessons cover drama games, devising, improvisation, voice, character development, creative movement, script work and acting technique.
For the Saturday Mini class, age 3-5s, we cover body and voice warm ups, drama games, singing, tap, imaginative play, improvisation and character work. This builds confidence and encourages the students to work together as well as becoming more independent all whilst having fun fun fun!
After graduating with a BA in Acting from Arts Educational Drama School in London, Rachel worked for many years as an Actress. Her past appearances include Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest touring and in the West End for Bill Kenwright, Jenny in The Holly & The Ivy No 1 Uk tour for Middle Ground Productions, Rosina in Two Dozen Red Roses at the Mill Theatre at Sonning, Grace in the Philanderer and Fougere in The Four Twins both at the Tabard Theatre, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Kitty in Charleys Aunt at the Gate Theatre, Senora in Commedia D'ell Arte and many seasons for Kent Rep.
Her film and TV credits include Kate in Buzz Show for Prospect Pictures at Channel 4, Molly in The Bill, Sophie in Olympia for Sky, Georgina in Actresses for Cork Films, Sarah in Making Waves for Eden Films. She has also recently worked as a presenter for Inside the Cell for Discovery.
She has taught Drama for many schools in Essex and London both for children and adults. After starting her own family, Rachel decided to combine her love of teaching and acting by opening The Debut School of Performing Arts in Shenfield and Brentwood. Her teaching method is based on building confidence and ability through fun drama games and exercises. Rachel has directed over 20 children's plays and musicals for Debut and ensures each child is given a part that will gently stretch and encourage them.
Rachel holds an Enhanced CRB certificate, St John's first aid certificate and is a member of The Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama. Rachel has successfully completed the NSPCC Program "Child Protection Awareness in Education".
Mrs Richardson - Brentwood
My daughter Clare 15 loves coming to Debut. She enjoys performing on stage in musical productions which improve her performance skills, boosts her confidence and her self esteem.
Mrs J Benning - Brentwood
My daughter Grace has been coming to Debut for 8 years. She loves it! Grace has made lots of new friends and enjoys performing on stage in the yearly musical productions. Rachel and her team are great teachers who make classes fun and develop communication and confidence
Mrs J Taylor - Hutton
My daughter Victoria has attended Debut School of Performing Arts for a number of years. During this time, the skills she gained while learning to dance, act and sing have changed her into a confident individual.
Mrs L Steel - Wyatt's Green
My child (now aged 11) loves coming to Debut and has now attended for three years. She settled in very quickly making lots of new friends. Rachel and the team do a great job to boost confidence in the children along with putting together some great stage performances.