CV

Below is everything you need to know about my work, my education background, and my additional skills and experiences.

If you are looking for something specific and do not see it on here you can email me at info@jobillingham.com.

 

Personal Profile

  • I am a freelance dance and drama specialist with over ten years teaching and facilitating experience.
  • I am always keen immerse myself in the culture and creative opportunities available to me, and have an unrivalled passion and enthusiasm for creative learning.
  • I have an in-depth knowledge of the curriculum and education system, and the benefits of learning through creativity.
  • I am fully CRB checked with public liability insurance, a full clean driving license, and my own car.

 

Education and Qualifications

September 2010 to June 2011 Birmingham School of Acting: MA in Acting.
September to June 2009 Staffordshire University: NCFE Level One in Photography.
November 2006    United Kingdom Alliance for the Professional Teachers of Dance: Performing Arts and Dance Teaching Qualification.
September 2006 to January 2007    Birmingham City Council Flying Start” Artist Professional Development Course: OCN Level 3 Accreditation.
September 2003 to May 2006 Oxford Brookes University: BA Honours in Performing Arts and English, Upper Second Class Hons (2:1).
September 2001 to July 2003 Aldridge School: A Levels in English grade A, Art grade B, Religious Studies grade C.
September 1996 to July 2001 Aldridge School: GCSE 9 A* to B grades achieved.

 

Employment History

My work ranges from one off curriculum enhancement workshops, through to long term creative residencies,  large scale intervention projects, CPD delivery, and creative consultation. I provide support in all areas of Performing Arts, working as a teacher, director, choreographer and facilitator. Included below are a selection of the roles and projects I have undertaken, and details of the companies and schools I have long standing relationships with.

Date

Setting/Project and Role

February/March 2015 ‘Look Deeper’ Arts Intervention Project.

Creative Partner: Movement and Drama (Freelance)

www.lookdeeperbournville.info

Operating as a team of 7 artists to deliver a large scale project in Bournville Primary School, Birmingham. The project involved an entirely collapsed curriculum in which the staff and students were invited to respond to the “strange disturbance” that had appeared on their playground. Please see the website above for more information on this project, which attracted international media interest.

February 2015 Netherfield Children’s Museum.

Creative Partner: Movement and Drama (Freelance)

www.netherfieldchildrensmuseum.org

Working at award winning Netherfield Primary in Nottingham using drama and film to research the history of the area during WW1, leading to the an exhibition of findings.

April 2013 to Present The Lichfield Festival ‘Pop-Up Theatre Company’.

Director (Freelance)

Working on behalf of the Lichfield Festival to co-ordinate and deliver youth and community sessions leading to an annual large scale pop upoutdoor performance during the festival opening weekend. My role involves planning, delivering, and managing every aspect of the rehearsal process, including all script and design work for the final sharing. In addition to this I support participants through the Arts Award process which they gain upon completion of the project.

March 2014 to July 2014 Artis Education.

Artis Specialist (Freelance)

Delivering weekly curriculum enrichment participatory performing arts sessions across all age groups. My role included planning, delivering, and evaluating sessions with particular reference to core educational descriptors.

December 2013 to February 2014 Coalbrookdale & Irongbridge Primary School, Telford.

Dance and Drama Teacher (Part-time)

Following my successful Creative Partnerships residency at the school, I was invited to return and provide daily dance and drama sessions as PPA cover, leading after school clubs, and supporting the creative curriculum throughout the school. This long term role offered me the opportunity to facilitate several performances including taking a group of children to perform at the Birmingham Town Hall in The Great Big Dance Offfestival. I was also instrumental in helping the school to achieve Arts Mark Gold in 2013.

September 2012 to Present The English Theatre of Europe.

English through Drama Instructor/Director (Freelance)

A yearly teaching and directing residency in Empoli, Italy, using drama to improve English in 11 to 16 year olds. This annual week-long post culminates in a showcase of the work produced for an invited audience. This position has allowed me to develop expertise in working with EAL students.

January 2012 to Present  Old Park Primary School, Telford.

Creative Consultant/Partner (Freelance)

I have a long standing relationship with Old Park Primary in which I am employed regularly to deliver performing Arts provisions and support creative projects.

These projects have included:

  • Working alongside In Harmony Telford and Stork to produce a film in response to the BBC Ten pieces initiative. I provided choreography and directed the final film. (2015)
  • CPD teacher training sessions. (ongoing)
  • Creative residencies devising and delivering a Dance Development Programmes. (2012 and continued in 2014)
  • Choreography for the a whole school music video. (2012)
December 2011 to Present Birmingham Stage Company.

Performing Arts Education Workshop Leader (Freelance)

Devising and delivering a range of education and participatory performance workshops in support of the companys stage shows, alongside writing and constructing resource packs. This role has included high profile and large scale workshops including delivering at the ‘Lollibop’ Festival in Regents Park, and yearly workshops at the ‘Take pArt’ International Performing Arts conference at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, Wales.

January 2009 to Present Workshops for Schools (WFS).

Dance and Drama Workshop Leader (Freelance)

Providing bespoke workshops and programmes of work throughout the UK to a wide range of clients and settings including schools, community groups and outreach programmes. My work with WFS includes dance, drama, physical theatre, and arts/craft workshops.

2009 to 2011 Bright Space Birmingham.

Dance and Drama Practitioner (Freelance)

Bright Space sought to continue and develop the work and opportunities created by Creative Partnerships. My projects included:

  • 18 month EYFS residency at Chandos Primary School, Birmingham, supporting child-led investigations (Reggio Approach) through dance, drama, and art. My efforts within this role were recognised with an Arts Council Award for our ‘Superhero’ themed exploratory project.
  • Enquiry Schools project at Perry Common Primary, providing drama and script writing workshops that were developed into short animations.
2007 to 2011 Telford Culture Zone.

Dance and Drama Practitioner (Freelance)

Working as part of the Creative Development Team at Telford and Wrekin Council, Telford Culture Zone co-ordinated creative projects for the young people of Telford. Through their funding I worked as a dance and drama practitioner on a wide range of projects, including:

  • “Keen to be Green” environment awareness dance project at Dawley Primary School.
  • “Futurenet” large scale community production with Ks4 children from 3 neighbouring schools in Wellington.
  • “The Journey” transition and intervention project at Lord Silkin School.
2007 to 2011 Creative Partnerships.

Dance and Drama Practitioner (Freelance)

Creative partnerships brought Arts, culture and creative approaches into the classroom by partnering schools with practitioners to develop programmes of work and address an area for development. My role involved delivering a number of large scale projects and long term residencies.

My projects included:

  • Enquiry Schools Programme at Greenacres Primary, Tamworth.
  • Change Schools Programme at Coalbrookdale Primary, Ironbridge.
  • Brownhills goes to Bollywood” Dance and culture project at Millfield Primary School, Brownhills.
  • “Reach for the Stars” Drama PSHE project at Millfield Primary School, Brownhills.
September 2007 to Present Language Alive! At The PlayHouse, Birmingham. 

Teacher/Actor (Full-time and freelance)

The PlayHouse ‘provides exciting theatre and drama to stimulate the learning of children and young people’, and my role within the company included:

  • Devising, delivering, and managing productions that toured to schools and community settings.
  • Writing regular reports for funders and partners.
  • Producing resource pack material.
  • Developing and delivering programmes of work for holiday and transition projects.
  • Documenting and evaluating the work.

This high-profile role with an education company allowed me to fully engage with the inner workings of an organisation that delivered high quality work.

Following 12 months of full-time employment, I have returned regularly to work with the PlayHouse on a freelance basis, with my most recent project being developing a Heritage Lottery Funded educational resource film with Bournville Infants exploring the area of Bournville during WW1.

Additional Skills and Information

  • Alongside my work in education, I perform regularly in a wide range of entertainment and theatrical capacities. This provides continual professional development as I am honing my performance skills on a regular basis- skills which I can then share with the young people I work with.
  • I am skilled in a wide range of dance styles and techniques, including: physical theatre; street dance and hip hop; Latin American; Rock and Roll/Jive; and world dance including Bollywood/Bhangra.

  • I am computer confident: fluent in word use; video and photo editing; and highly proficient in social media communication, digital researching and networking.

References are available upon request, please email info@jobillingham.com

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