The SpOt Team
My name is Lydia and I am the Founder and Director of SpOt Drama.
Like many people I was once a little girl with a big dream: to live within a world of equality and have the opportunity to spread joy to all through the medium of theatre and drama. Step by step I pursued this passion, gaining my Acting BA Hons at Arts University Bournemouth where I worked and volunteered within many local SEN schools and charities. Then I became a Drama Facilitator for SaySo Drama where I was honoured to be working with several wonderful groups of adults with additional needs.
After graduating, I returned home to the Midlands where I began to build the foundations of SpOt Drama. To further my facilitation style I trained and worked with many theatre companies, including Playbox Theatre, Vamos and Open Theatre Company.
The experience I have gained over the past 4 years has supported and ultimately helped me grow into a woman with a clear vision. The vision to offer drama to all, no matter their age or ability!
My name is Rosie and I'm a Drama Workshop Facilitator for SpOt Drama.
I trained in Acting at the Arts University Bournemouth and graduated in 2015. Since then, I have been working professionally as an actress and have had several exciting jobs, including acting in Germany for six months and doing work with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2017 I graduated from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon with an MA in Shakespeare and Creativity.
I met Lydia whilst training in Acting at the Arts University Bournemouth and was delighted when she invited me to join the SpOt Drama team! I am thoroughly enjoying leading and assisting SpOt workshops and believe that we have a lot to offer through the medium of theatre. In the future, I hope to put my MA to good use by creating some sensory Shakespeare performances!
I love cats, sunny days, yellow, knitting and pasta.
Claudia grew up locally before moving to London to study Philosophy. After she returned home she worked in the accounts department in a gin distillery before deciding that she wanted to work with young people.
Claudia has spent the last six years working with SEN and SEMH; she has a particular passion for using the arts therapeutically with young people and running specialist arts sessions to support speech and language development and improve confidence and self-esteem.
In her spare time she enjoys cooking, all things creative and hanging out with her pet lizards Norbert and Pudding, as well as a naughty cat called Pickle! Claudia's favourite colour is green and she loves collecting quirky items from around the world.
Matt has been Acting professionally for over 10 years, as well as working with children who have special needs as a support worker, and has professional experience as a Drama Practitioner.
Matt feels that drama is essential for the development of youngsters, especially those with additional needs. Matt himself has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism, and attributes the performing arts as a vital component in his growth as a person.
Matt feels that with his professional experience, and his understanding of how drama can benefit neuro-diverse individuals, he can bring a first-hand perspective to the table at SpOt Drama, and is extremely happy to be given this opportunity to do so!
Grace is a big fan of cats, elephants, Disney and singing karaoke!
Her favourite colour changes all the time and her favourite food is cheese.
She likes to go to the theatre and if she could have a magic power she would be able to grant wishes!
Hi, I'm Ellen and I've worked for SpOt Drama since 2017.
I'm currently studying for my nursing degree specialising in Learning Disabilities. I trained in drama at Playbox Theatre since I was four years old.
I love musical theatre, playing the piano and my Hogwarts house is Hufflepuff!
Hi, my name is Jordan.
I work as a teaching assistant as well as for ILEAP. I have been working with ILEAP since 2015, and as a student Volunteer previously. ILEAP is a great charity to work with, as they provide outstanding activities for people with additional needs. I have spent all my time in ILEAP’s drama projects, such as Tuesday drama sessions in Leamington and SpOt Drama on Thursdays.
When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy going for long walks and drives.
Besides all of this, I also enjoy writing a blog about life on the autism spectrum, where I recently got to make a film about autism in schools called ‘Autism Voices’.
My name is Ruth Helen Maniatt and my favourite colour is purple.
I love dancing, singing, going to the theatre and being with my friends and family. I like to party, go out for lunch, go to the cinema and go shopping.
I am a dance teacher and that is my dream job. I also want to get my own job helping others.
I have got Down Syndrome and I love who I am.
I love working with SpOt because it gave me confidence to help others and to get to know people.
Hi! I'm Jess!
I have always had a huge passion for Theatre and the Arts! I studied Theatre and Performance Studies at Warwick University.
My favourite colour is dark green, which is fitting as I absolute love all things plants and gardening. I only have a teeny garden, but it is absolutely crammed with every plant I can get my hands on, all different shapes and sizes, colours and scents.
My favourite foods are the tomatoes and strawberries I grow in my garden.