OUR 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, fringe and professional theatre 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. Kate has worked and toured with various educational companies and theatres in education and fringe shows.

Callan Durrant

Facilitator

Callan trained at Derby Theatre, the National Youth Theatre and The Actors Class. He has toured multiple times across the UK appearing at theatres such as New Vic Theatre, Derby Theatre and the Create Theatre. He has also performed for Dreamworks and Sky. He is also the Artistic Director of Reflex Theatre and as a Facilitator, he has worked extensively with emerging artists, children with special needs, vulnerable young people and has supported a diverse range of communities across the country through drama learning initiatives.

Suzie Correya

Facilitator

Suzie is an actor, playwright and private tutor, gaining most of her experience from teaching Drama and Music in primary and secondary schools as well as weekend stage schools, and directing amateur productions for both children and adults within local communities across the UK.

Hayley Evenett

Facilitator

Hayley is a working professional actor, specialising in Shakespeare, Physical Theatre and Children’s Theatre. Since graduating from the University of Kent with a Masters in Drama and Theatre Studies, Hayley has been acting in touring theatre, film and voice over projects across the UK, Ireland and as far as Australia.

Hayley has a passion for teaching and training young people in the skills she has learnt through working within the industry over the last 15 years. Hayley has extensive experience in Children’s Theatre and Theatre in Education and began teaching Acting and Musical Theatre to 4-18 year olds at NTA Workshops and Cally Davis Drama shortly after graduating, before moving to Norfolk and joining Triple Threat Stage School and Limelight Studios, Norwich. She now delivers workshops in everything from Science to Creative writing, Shakespeare to women's roles in WWI.

Hayley loves working for Divergent, travelling to schools across the country and delivering workshops.  She likes to keep lessons fun and accessible, while focusing on building valuable skills and confidence.

Jessica Alade

Facilitator

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. 

Nicola Bland

Facilitator

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.

Amy Gallagher

Facilitator

Amy trained as a professional actress at Drama Studio London having already gained a BA Hons degree at Brunel University in Modern Drama Studies. It was here her passion for working with children through the arts grew and she has experience within theatre in Education as well as a children’s party Entertainer. She enjoys watching children’s confidence &  imaginations come to life through drama & performance. Amy splits her time between acting professionally including film, TV and theatre and teaching drama.She is also a Radio DJ at her local Hospital.

Lerato Islam

Facilitator

Lerato Islam is a freelance youth drama practitioner and director. After completing her studies at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, she now works with various youth theatre groups across London, at venues such as the Kiln Theatre, the Arcola and Theatre Peckham. Lerato delivers fun, high energy classes focussed on confidence and self-expression, and specialises in devising plays alongside her groups.

Becky Black

Facilitator

Becky trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts on the BA Acting course graduating with a first class honours. Becky has worked as an actor in regional theatres, fringe production, corporate work, independent film productions and tours of the UK. Becky has been teaching performing arts for over six years, for students aged from 3 to 18. She has taught day long workshops, after school clubs, exam/audition preparations, and one to one classes - making her a versatile and experienced teacher who continues to thoroughly enjoy inspiring and emboldening young people through Drama.

Katie Tripp

Facilitator

Katie trained at Bird College gaining a degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre from 2015-2018. Since graduating, she has performed in various theatre in education tours around the country for school years from Reception - Year 11. She has found from doing this work a great sense of fulfillment and enjoyment in working with children and loves to see children learn and express themselves through theatre.

Michelle Crane

Facilitator

Michelle studied Childhood Education at The University of Central Lancashire and after graduating went onto study acting at The London School of Dramatic Art.
During her BA she specialised in early years and primary education and continues to work within different educational settings, combining her love drama and teaching - working as a nanny, teacher, and workshop facilitator.

Michelle has toured the UK working on various theatre in educations productions. Inspired by seeing the positive effects of drama within education, she established her own weekend music and drama school - Evergreen Music and Drama, which has been running in Finsbury Park since 2016.

Lucy Bell

Facilitator

Lucy is a working professional actress, who graduated from the Italia Conti academy of performing arts in 2016 after studying Musical Theatre for three years. Since graduating Lucy has appeared in many musicals, plays and pantomimes touring around the country and in London. Alongside performing Lucy also teaches children of all ages acting, singing and dancing. Lucy has a passion for teaching performing arts and loves being able to use her skills and knowledge of what she loves doing, to teach others and watch their confidence grow.

Tess Gustard

After graduating and then spending many years pursuing a "sensible" career, Tess has returned to her first love, performing!  She also loves dancing but would never claim to be anything more than an enthusiastic amateur! Tess has worked in film, TV and theatre, as well as in immersive events (her favourite!)  She has also worked with children quite extensively over the last few years, both as a character actor and general entertainer. One of the memories that sticks with her from her own school days is when actors came in to perform for the class, so to have the ability to create memories for children is something truly magical. She loves seeing the confidence that performing brings out in young people along  with their infectious enthusiasm and belief in the make believe, which is truly heart warming!



Taryn Taylor

Facilitator

Taryn trained professionally at the Birmingham School of Acting (now the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) gaining a BA Hons Acting, before going on to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for her MA in Musical Theatre. She has worked on various projects since graduating, specialising in Pantomime, Children's Theatre and Theatre in Education - and she has experience with all age groups from nursery all the way up to sixth form! Taryn strongly advocates creative learning and listening to the individual voice of each child, unlocking their potential through the joy of storytelling, and allowing them the freedom to express themselves. She finds it rewarding, different everyday, and feels privileged to get the chance to encourage young people to learn, create and discover - hopefully picking up valuable life skills along the way!

Sarah Grove

Facilitator

Sarah is a professional actor and workshop leader with extensive knowledge and experience of working with children and young people of all levels. Graduating in 2010, Sarah trained at East 15 Acting School, where she later went on to lead and manage the Children’s Workshops there for many years. Since then Sarah has worked in a number of schools and theatres across the country becoming specialised in working with SEND and Mental Health needs.