THE COMPANY

education through exploration

“She couldn’t stay inside the lines…. so she drew new ones”

Divergent Drama is a pioneering company that encourages creativity through the exploration of many possible solutions.  We deliver Drama based workshops to schools, facilitate drama clubs in primary schools, deliver professional touring theatre shows for schools and run seasonal holiday workshops as well as Saturday Acting schools. You can find more detailed information about the different aspects of our company under the "what we offer" tab. Regardless of their title, all of our sessions encourage divergent thinking, making sure that each child's voice and ideas are listened to and included in the creative process.

the team

Vicky and Kate, who met at drama school, share a passion for creating theatre and working with children. Having completed their MAs they continued to work in schools and drama clubs. They both felt that children came up with the best possible ideas and wanted to create a company that encouraged this thought process. Inspired by Sir Ken Robson’s theory on divergent thinking they founded Divergent Drama - a way for children to explore, expand and experience their own learning.

Victoria Sheldon

Founder

Having graduated from drama school with an MA in professional acting in 2013, Victoria currently splits her working time between acting and teaching drama. Before deciding to tread the boards she gained a BA in English Literature from Bristol University with a view to becoming a full time teacher. Victoria has always enjoyed teaching - gaining early experience in the field as a swimming teacher and as an Assistant Director for a Youth Theatre School (Daydreamer) - not to mention taking part in numerous theatre in education shows post graduation.

Victoria is excited to have co-founded a company where she is lucky enough to combine her two loves: teaching and drama.

Kate Gwynn

Founder

Kate’s passion for teaching began from a young age, having assisted her mother as a primary school teacher - she attended university to study Drama and Performance. During her BA she specialised in community theatre and worked at local youth theatres  and schools. She made the decision to continue her studies and went on to complete an MA in professional acting. Since graduating Kate has worked and toured with various educational companies and theatre in education shows.

Kate has always wanted to run her own company and is very excited for the future of Divergent Drama.

Louise Stuckey

Teacher

Louise studied acting at LIPA, gaining a BA Hons degree. Since graduating in 2015 she has developed a love of teaching, working at various school and clubs around the South East as well as teaching music for a summer in New York. Louise loves working with kids to encourage creativity and confidence. Alongside her teaching Louise maintains an acting career as well as being a gigging musician.

Isabella Vaughan

Teacher

Isabella graduated from ALRA is 2015, with a BA (hons) in Acting. Upon graduating she completed a 5 month Theatre in Education tour in Italy in which she was working with children from the ages of 3-15, performing children's theatre and leading educational workshops. Isabella has also worked with the Theatre Company 'Upfront', that take interactive forum theatre workshops into secondary school's in London. These are challenging workshops based around the PSHE curriculum that examine subjects such as cyber bullying, mental illness and consent.

Her recent Acting credits include playing Tranio in 'The Taming of the Shrew' at The Camden Fringe Festival and The Cockpit Theatre and  Red in David Jarman's 'Junction' at Theatre 503, in collaboration with the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Isabella teaches at Cranbrook primary school in Ilford.

Jessica Alade

Teacher

Jess trained as an actor at the Guildford School of Acting graduating with a first class BA Honours degree in 2017. Her work with young people began at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, where she assisted with term-time acting classes and school holiday activities. The Lyric is where Jess began her journey as a performer, which is why she enjoys her work there with young people who are finding themselves on a similar path. She also works with Youth Music Theatre UK as a manager of the pastoral team on residential musical theatre projects around the country. 

Jess runs the drama session at Carterhatch Junior school, Enfield.

Jodie Bennet

Teacher

Jodie is an actor and teacher originally from Devon and now living in London. She studied Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway University of London. Jodie really enjoys performing in children's theatre and has recently worked as an elf at LaplandUK and touring as Jill in Pantomime Jack and The Beanstalk. She also works as a dance, drama and singing teacher and teaches regular and cover classes all over London. 

Natalya Martin

Teacher

Natalya trained at East 15 Acting School and graduated with a first class BA Honours in Acting and Community Theatre in 2016. Since then she has worked on a number of projects including short films, commercials and theatre productions. As well as acting, she has a passion for community theatre and co-founded her own company "FEEL Theatre" who specialise in creating sensory stories, shows and experiences for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and children with Profound and Multiple Learning disabilities. She has worked with companies and venues such as Artsdepot, Discover Children's Story Centre and Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Nicola Bland

Teacher

Nicola began professionally acting from a young age with her first lead role in the film “Yellow” starring alongside Ray Winstone, shortly followed by Eponine in Les Miserables at The Palace Theatre. Nicola trained at E15 Acting School has been working professionally for the last 15 years with roles in The Bill, Casualty, ITV Drama “Pickles”, BBC period drama "Messiah" many adverts, short films and Plays at The Soho Theatre, Roundhouse Theatre, Criterion Theatre, Barbican Cockpit and Royal Court Theatre. Recently finishing a two month transfer of "Fight Club" in Hong Kong. Nicola has extensive teaching experience currently working with many schools and academy's across Essex and East London. Nicola runs the drama club at Fullwood Primary school.

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