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 and Marlborough House School Hawkhurst
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.
Jen first began writing, producing, acting and directing at primary school. Having studied performing arts at college she later studied for a degree in English & Drama at the University of Worcester. In later years, Jen qualified as a drama lecturer and then as a secondary school drama teacher. Having taught performing arts for over fifteen years, Jen has managed performing arts departments, ran summer schools, developed extra-curricular drama provision, led youth theatre groups and supported students through a range of qualifications including 'A' Level Drama & Theatre Studies, LAMDA and Trinity exams. She has produced and directed a range of productions including musicals, contemporary plays, showcases and festival pieces. Jen recently qualified as a registered dramatherapist (MA Roehampton University) and works for two Brighton-based children's charities.
"My passion is working with young people to develop creativity, confidence and expression through drama.I am loving being part of HYD and working with a wonderful team of hugely talented young actors!”
Angela is currently running the choir at Maynard’s Green School, East Sussex, having previously been the choir leader at Cross In Hand School for the last three years. Alongside this Angela has been running an adult Rock, Pop & Gospel choir at the Eden Blue Centre in Eastbourne. Since becoming a SingIt practitioner in January she has enjoyed delivering the delightful programme to schools in Eastbourne and Heathfield.
At the weekends you will find Angela at many corporate events and private parties around the world either with the Paris-based Dov Amiel Orchestra or the Sway Allstars from London.
With 20 years singing experience of stage, live and studio work, siniging for artists such as Robbie Williams (band during Let Me Entertain You promotion), James Brown (Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame house band) and I sang with Smokey Robinson at Virgin Atlantics’ 25th birthday party in New York.
All staff are CRB checked and some hold chaperone licences issued by ESCC