In April of 2020 I accepted a place on the Doctor of Educational Theatre programme at New York University. I have spent many years studying and immersing myself in theatre, exploring it from different perspectives and contexts while focusing on ways to develop my own practices as an artist and teacher and fulfill my lifelong devotion to continued learning.
My passion for the arts started at a young age. I have always loved the theatre, especially growing up with the West End at my doorstep, and I always enjoyed being a student. I attended Hertfordshire University in the United Kingdom for my undergraduate degree where I studied Drama and English Literature because they were simply the subjects I enjoyed the most. It was during this period of learning that I was offered an opportunity to transfer for a semester to the University of Oklahoma in the United States where I had the privilege of studying acting under the award-winning drama educator Susan Shaughnessy. After my undergraduate degree it felt very natural for me to use my interest and experience in theatre to train as a secondary drama teacher.
I completed my post graduate certificate in education as a drama specialist through Middlesex University in the United Kingdom qualifying to teach middle and high school students. This was a full-time, one academic year programme with two placement schools where I could hone my skills.
Several years later, having been a qualified teacher at this point in both the United Kingdom and in Taiwan, I felt I could offer my students more if I went back to study again; focusing on pedagogy and education.