"Through the exploration of performing arts; children, young adults and those with additional needs are presented with a visceral outlet which stimulates their creative and imaginative resources. By utilising the medium of Drama, my workshops aim to encourage creative development and facilitate the freedom of choice, in a supportive and inspiring enviromnent. This allows those participating to express themselves with more ease and enhance their social integration whilst developing technique and an awareness for recognised theatre practises. The creatively-stimulating, engaging and interactive nature of my workshops aims to enrich their passion for storytelling and creating narrative, whilst offer them creative choice."
Paul has worked extensively, alongside theatre companies, dance schools and those with additional needs (learning disability) in addition to his work in secondary and primary education as Workshop Facilitator.He has a Enhanced DBS (part of the Update Service).
He specialises in the following:
Theatre for those with Learning Disabilities
Audition Technique & Monologue Work
Estill Voice Training®/Speech & Voice Work
History of Theatre
Stanislavski and Naturalism
What is Estill Voice Training™?
Estill Voice Training (often abbreviated EVT) is a programme for developing vocal skills based on analysing the process of vocal production into control of specific structures in the vocal mechanism.
Estill Voice Training has no aesthetic bias and any non-abusive voice quality is accepted, encouraged and nurtured. EVT allows you explore cultural, creative and musical diversity, whilst learning where the risks lie and how to avoid them.
Paul is currently working towards taking his Estill Figure Proficiency (EFP) exam which is awarded to individuals who can demonstrate the basic options for voice control taught in Estill Voice Training™ Level One (Figures for Voice Control), and Level Two (Figure Combinations for Six Voice Qualities) courses with appropriate Hand Signals.
He will be then taking his teacher training, Estill Master Trainer (EMT) qualification, which is awarded to an individual to teach Estill Voice Training within their private studio, course practice sessions or classroom setting. The certification is a two-stage examination including written and voice control components, and observed teaching.
To learn more about Estill Voice Training®, visit the company website:
Qualified LAMDA Teacher
Level 5 Diploma in Communication,
Speech and Drama Education (LSDE)
Paul is currently studying for his LAMDA Diploma in Communication, Speech and Drama Education (LSDE) which credits Teachers with the appropriate skills and knowledge in areas of study which reflect the role of the speech and/or drama teacher. The course programme combines research, analysis and reflection, leading to the practical application of this knowledge. The qualification is also suited to those specifically teaching LAMDA exams.
LAMDA Examinations are available in the following:
The LAMDA Diploma in Communication, Speech and Drama Education (LSDE) is recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in England and the corresponding regulatory authorities in Wales and Northern Ireland: Qualifications Wales and Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA).
Testimonials for Paul's teaching:
'Paul is warm, welcoming, cheerful, and people felt comfortable talking to him. When he listens to people he is focused, patient and genuine . . . We felt that the group was extremely well run. People have choice and control over what happens. It is calm and fun. People learn to take part in the group, concentrate, focus and be confident.'
Quality Checkers at 'People First Dorset' about Say-So Drama Session
'Paul is a committed theatre artist, and has great sensitivity to performance creation and delivery. He has coached our LAMDA pupils for their solo exams and they have not only gained strong marks (all Merits and Distinctions) but they have also enjoyed the process of working with him. He is firm but gentle, clear and consistent, knowing when to adapt to suit his pupil or audience. I highly recommend working with Paul.'
Heidi Hollis, Principal, Stagecoach Bristol South West, Portishead (September 2016)
'Paul is dynamic, passionate, hardworking and focused. He has a fantastic range as a performer both in character roles, movement and singing. We have been booked for performances which involved workshops afterwards with young children and their families. In this context Paul is engaging, confident and inspiring.'
Gill Simmons, Artistic Director, Brave Bold Drama (January 2018)