Richard has a BA in English with Theatre and Performance from the University of Plymouth and an MA in Drama and Performance from the University of Wolverhampton. He had never studied drama whilst in secondary school (as it wasn’t offered as an option) however he has been involved in theatre from a young age by taking part in local youth theatre companies and school productions.
Since graduating, Richard has worked as a freelance theatre director for various theatre companies, in venues across the country, and has extensive experience of creating performances with young people. He spent seven years as a Youth Theatre Leader at Stafford Gatehouse Youth Theatre and across those years he created and directed over 25 productions with them, including taking a production to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012. Most recently, he worked as writer and director for Buffalo Boy at Epic Arts Centre in Cambodia.
Richard joined the team at Ingestre in 2006 and works with the students to devise and develop an original piece of theatre, to be performed at the end of their visit. He firmly believes that the greatest classroom resources are the brains and personalities of his students, and he loves utilising young people’s imaginations to generate ideas to be brought to life on stage. Richard views himself as the facilitator that develops and shapes the children’s ideas and work, rather than creating it for them, as this gives the participants ownership of their work, which in turns helps to develop a sense of confidence in themselves and their creative potential.
Heather studied for her B. Ed (Hons) in the middle of Yorkshire Sculpture Park at Bretton Hall (Leeds Uni) and eventually moved back to the Midlands to become a teacher.
After teaching for 22 years, Heather feels that her most-loved subjects of Art and Literature are inextricably linked - she loves to use stories as a stimulus for her artwork, often with texts playing a large role. Heather finds introducing new media to children exciting and loves to share her skills.
Feeling that every child has the potential to be creative and produce artwork they are proud of, it is Heather’s aim to give them ‘top tips’ for success and methods which assist them to achieve simple and effective pieces of art to treasure.
Outside working at Ingestre, Heather produces signage and artwork for brides and interior designers - having lovely handwriting has its advantages! Her dream is to have a “she-shed” workshop in her garden where she can close the door on the mess and pretend it doesn’t exist...