Helen Turner – Shouting Out – Authentic Voices in Performance

About the Session

Act On It puts drama in everyday settings to improve communication, creativity and confidence. The Act On It way of working engages and develops future skills for employability.

Act On It gives children and young people a voice and develops their confidence alongside a sense of ownership and belonging. Activities are inclusive, diverse voices are celebrated and hidden talents revealed.

Our current project portfolio includes a creative collaboration that aims to support young people through participation in a creative conversation and the making of new theatre. This includes the Shouting Out, Getting Out and Get Out projects.

We will talk about how we represent authentic voices in our work and cover how our work goes through the key stages of explore, develop, realise and review.

We work directly with young people as well as offering training for teachers and workshops for people who would like to develop skills for using drama in a wide range of settings. We’ve been holding online drama sessions that give marginalised young people a new opportunity to find their voice and express it and more hope and optimism to look forward to the next part of their lives.

About Helen

After growing up in the North of England, Helen went to London and trained as an actor at East 15 Acting School and has an M.A. in Arts Management from Sussex University.

Helen worked as an actor before teaching at the BRIT School and she went onto build her professional career in education and lead a vibrant Performing Arts department in a large FE College where she progressed to Artistic Director.

In 2004, Helen took the bold step to bringing her skills and her lived experience together as co-founder of Act On It, a not for profit social enterprise. Act On It takes a drama based approach to improve the lives of others. Helen believes work should make you happy, and Act On It has been a brilliant undertaking and a voyage of discovery! Helen continues to look for pioneering ways Act On It can make a difference.

For over 15 years, Helen has developed a portfolio of senior assessment roles with leading exam boards, bringing her wealth of teaching experience and her passion and belief in creative education to her work.

Helen is a team player, a leader and a strategic thinker, who values those she works with.

Helen Turner

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