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.

Jessica Alade

Teacher/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

Teacher/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

Teacher/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.

Louise Stuckey

Teacher/Facilitator

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.

Lerato Islam

Workshop Facillitator

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.

Sarah Grove

Workshop Facillitator

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.