Qualification: (LGSM) Licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Classes Taught: Acting, Singing.
Liz started dancing at the age of two and a half at The Zena Letchworth School of Dance, London. At the age of five she joined Bodens School of Performing Arts based in Winchmore Hill where as well as learning Tap, Ballet and Modern she also studied and took exams in Speech, Drama and Singing. Liz was lucky enough to be taught by Speech and Voice Specialist Barbara Houseman. Barbara went on to teach at the RSC working with top actors and directors as well as write several books on the subject. Everything that Barbara taught her, Liz passes on to her students!
While at Bodens, Liz gained heaps of experience attending West End, television and film auditions including Gretl in the first run of The Sound of Music! She also appeared in numerous West End and London fringe theatres including the premier of A Tale of Two Cities – the musical as well singing on the original soundtrack of the musical. At sixteen Liz continued to study Performing Arts at East Herts Regional College where she took A levels in English, Art, Theatre Design and Theatre Studies as well as receiving a diploma in performing arts and grade 8 singing. She also met, performed and trained with Nick Wilson (now known as Spellman) in close-up magic and illusions and the two performed at local parties and clubs. After college Liz decided to gain more experience in the working world. Due to passing her grade 8 singing exam she was able to teach and began to deliver private lessons in Speech, Voice, Drama and Singing. Amongst clients she taught were those looking to improve their articulation including a famous footballer’s wife!
In 1999 Makin’ Steps School of Performing Arts, Harlow approached Liz and asked her to teach Speech and Drama for them. This she did and went on to do Teacher’s training in the ISTD syllabus for Tap (her favourite style of dance) with Ross Simpson. Liz continued teaching Speech, Drama and Tap at Makin’ Steps as well as covering the odd Singing lesson until 2002 when she fell pregnant with her fourth child and unfortunately had to stop due to health and child minding difficulties. Unable to teach for Makin’ Steps, Liz decided to set up her own classes in Hoddesdon near to child minding (Mum!). She taught all aspects of performing arts and accompanied many down to the West End for successful auditions.
In 2007, Sawbridgeworth charity, Youth CREATE head hunted Liz to be a Workshop Leader for them. The charity uses performing and creative arts to build self esteem, confidence and social skills in children and young adults. Now Director for the charity, Liz has continued to train to work with children and young adults of all abilities and social status specialising in those on the autistic spectrum and over the past few years has written, directed and produced all inclusive successful shows for them.
Liz has also trained in the Sing Up programme as well with Leading Specialists in many different performing and creative art skills from film, animation, art and craft to stage and set design to name but a few!