Mary Pearson LGSM (Teaching)
Founder of Heathfield Drama Club now Heathfield Youth Drama
Mary started teaching in 1974 with her mother Joyce Ashton who was a much loved teacher, adjudicator and examiner.
After taking a break to raise her familly, in 1994, Mary founded Heathfield Youth Drama Club.
Mary has also taught in a number of schools in the area, currently teaching Drama at Skippers Hill Preparatory School.
Mary has been instrumental in helping many students achieve success. Including with the NYT, appearing on London stages, obtaining Drama scholarships to secondary schools and top Universities and gaining admittance to some of the top drama schools in the country. In addition, past students have appeared in films, on stage and on television.
She Says, "There is nothing more rewarding than watching students gain confidence as they progress through Drama club and then seeing them achieve as young adults".
Natasha first became part of Heathfield Drama Club in 1995 as a student. She performed in many annual productions as well as festivals and competitions. After leaving Drama Club in 2000 Natasha helped out at our Summer School. Since then Natasha attended The University of the West of England where she was awarded a BA (Hons) in Drama and Education Studies, and has since qualified as a Drama teacher in 2008.
Natasha currently leads The Creative Arts department at a secondary school in Eastbourne. She has directed many productions and prepared many students for GCSE examinations. Natasha is running one to one sessions with our students to help boast their knowledge and confidence as they approach the examination period and festival season.
She Says, "I am incredibly excited to be working at drama club with such a talented group of young people. It was here that I first discovered a passion for the theatre arts and hope to inspire others in the way I was."
Kyle started his acting career at the age of 15 after being scouted by an agent during a drama workshop. Since then he’s appeared in a range of productions both on stage and screen.
Stage credits include Carmen, Evita, The Wiz, Original musical ‘Secrets’ at the Leicester Square Theatre- London, Josh in The swallowing dark response evening at Theatre 503 and most recently a UK tour of Christmas Spectacular.
Over the last few years Kyle has sang as a lead vocalist in cabaret evenings and as a singer/songwriter formerly fronted a rock band ‘Scott Free’ who performed at various festivals and were even asked to perform at the prestigious Oxford University’s graduation ball. Kyle has also appeared as a presenter for Pearson educational amongst a range of other television productions and commercials including Newsround (BBC) Disney XD, Virgin Airlines, Jetix and Morrisons.
As well as an actor and a singer Kyle is also an entrepreneur who bought his first drama school at just 21 years of age where he acts as both manager and drama coach. He has also recently started his own production company ‘White Hats Theatre Company’ that provide children’s Theatre and Drama workshops for both primary and secondary education.
Olivia first joined Heathfield Drama Club in 1999 at the age of 6 years old when her passion for performing arts and acting began. Over the next 6 years she took part in every show, play and drama festival. At the same time she studied drama and theatre all throughout school and was cast as the lead in a low budget film based on the story of Great Expectations which she filmed every weekend whilst studying for her A levels.
She then went on to study at Chichester University graduating in 2014 with a BA Honours in Performing arts and Theatre Studies. As part of her course, she wrote, directed and staged her own stand-up solo show; produced, directed and wrote her own play and took part in many stage performances. She also gained lots of experience of working with children during her studies. In 2015 she returned to her junior school to work as an assistant drama teacher there for a term. This sparked a desire to work with children in performing arts. In the last year she has worked as an actor at an interactive Lapland-style Christmas world, as an actor/host at themed parties, as a kids' entertainer and taught part-time at Stage Coach stage school. She is now delighted to have returned to Heathfield Drama Club as a visiting teacher.
All staff are CRB checked and some hold chaperone licences issued by ESCC