The Teachers

SUZANNE PARROTT, Company Director

Suzanne has extensive experience in middle and senior leadership, recently working as part of an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Leadership Team taking an inner city secondary school from Satisfactory to Outstanding with results rising from 53% to 92% 5 A*-C at GCSE in 3 years. 

Previously as a Head of Drama Suzanne has worked with her colleagues and students to achieve 100% A*-C pass over in 8 out of the last 9 years.

Suzanne trained professionally as an actor before becoming a teacher and her work includes successful performances in the West end and international tours.

Suzanne  is an outstanding and gifted teacher who inspires trust and confidence in students and motivates them to high levels of achievement”  (Headteacher, Notre Dame School)

Suzanne is a Drama Specialist and Education Consultant for ACTiv-8.

Diane is our Music Advisor having worked as a west end performer in musicals and currently playing classical violin.  A gifted singer herself, Diane teaches choirs and private music lessons and is skilled in motivating her students to high levels of achievement.

Angela provides Graphic Design input for ACTiv-8.  After a successful career as a Graphic Designer Angela uses her creative skills to edit her own magazine ‘ Out and About in Isleworth’. 

Christine provides admin support for ACTiv-8 and when she is not with us you can find her at Admin Ambulance


Maggie is an experienced workshop leader specialising in Interview Technique training and drama.   Maggie has worked professionally as an actor for many years in theatre, film and TV.


Dan is a skilled actor and drama workshop leader who is also a qualified stage combat instructor.  Dan’s talents also extend to Karate, Puppetry and Ice Skating!


Jean Paul has worked as an actor extensively in London and Milan and has extensive skills in physical theatre and mime specialising in Grotowski techniques.  Jean Paul has taught school age students and adults and speaks English, French and Italian.

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Indra has taught drama in both Primary and Secondary Schools and is experienced in voice coaching, forum theatre and has led Shakespeare workshops for the National Theatre.  Indra is an experienced actor and has worked extensively in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre.

Kevin has taught Drama across the age range and at the Actor’s Centre to professional performers.  Kevin is influenced by Stanislavski, Checkhov, Alfreds and a variety of other practitioners and believes in placing a strong emphasis on fun!  As an actor Kevin has worked in Repertory Theatre around the country in Britain and Japan and has appeared in a variety of TV programmes.

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Maria has worked extensively in theatre, film and TV in England, Spain, America and Portugal.  Maria is fluent in four European languages and  is skilled as a dancer;  in stage combat and is a qualified fitness instructor.    Maria is a confident teacher in a variety of disciplines who brings a sense of fun to all her lessons.

Carolina has a long history of working  for ACTiv-8 and offers a wide ranging skill set including teaching Improvisation.  Carolina speaks fluent Italian and has directed students in foreign language performances.  In addition, Caroline is a highly experienced teacher trainer delivering sessions that are interactive, informative and fun.

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Ruth has taught across the age range and worked in schools as a Teaching Assistant.  Ruth is skilled in classroom management using praise and encouragement to ensure all students are on task.  Ruth is a dynamic and highly capable Drama teacher.  As an actor Ruth is equally able to apply herself to devised work or classical texts with experience performing Shakespeare and Chechov.

Rachel has worked with ACTiv-8 extensively leading workshops in Drama and Debating and Directing successful school Musical Theatre productions.  Rachel is an experienced actor who has worked in London and in Repertory across the country.   As a teacher Rachel is dedicated to her students and has high expectations of what they can achieve.

Greta has worked with ACTiv-8 for many years leading workshops in Drama, Dance, Yoga and Debating across London.  Greta is a skilled performer and an experienced teacher who is gifted in enabling all students to succeed.

Claire is an experienced Drama teacher who teaches with enthusiasm and is keen to reward students’ achievements.  Claire has performed in theatres around London and in addition is skilled in dance  and physical theatre.

Samantha is a lively teacher who has experience of working with Early Years teaching Drama and Movement skills.   Additionally Samantha is trained in Street Jazz, Improvisation and Shakespeare.


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