Caroline Seed – Principal

Possessing very limited social skills in school and having a pretty rough time of it as a result, my mum signed me up for a drama club, aged 7 and finally, I found my voice.

After graduating from the Central School of Speech and Drama where I studied Acting I had a great time playing pantomime princesses and vampire brides in rep and handling masses of wordy dialogue performing Ibsen on the London fringe but it wasn’t long before I realised that it wasn’t for me. Apart from the fact it didn’t look like I was going to be ‘discovered’ any time soon and being a bit of a control freak, I thought I should probably be the one ordering actors around so I started directing instead. I had a wonderful time working in community theatre and directing Shakespeare in the open air so I re-trained as a LAMDA teacher and then  I had kids!

Despite discovering how wonderful children could be, thanks to the horrible playground years I approached teaching them with trepidation. Now, however, I am blown away by them every single day. Each and every child I teach has something to teach me back.

I have now taught drama to hundreds of children aged 4 – 18, directed large scale musicals with casts of both adults and children and coached students through over 90 LAMDA exams.

Quite often I find that children can still make me cry– but it’s usually in a good way!

Maria Crocker – After School Club Leader

Maria has been a SEN Teaching Assistant for 5 years and has a passion for drama. She has qualifications from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and is currently busy getting to grips with Stanislavski for her next LAMDA Acting exam.

Running after school clubs for Boost! combines these into one and gives her what she sees as the most perfect job in the world!  Her enthusiasm for getting the best from the children, whatever their abilities, is limitless.