National Drama Session 4 – Merriel McDowell – The Practicalities of Productions with KS1/2 During Covid 19

Merriel currently works as a Drama and Dance teacher in Woodford Green, Essex and is due to complete a PGCE in Secondary Drama teaching in September. After training at Birmingham School of Acting and Manchester School of Theatre she worked at a professional actress in theatre and TV. With a particular passion for new writing, she enjoyed working with emerging and established writers and was immensely privileged to perform new work by Penelope Skinner at The Royal Court Theatre. She enjoys creative writing herself and is continuing to develop her writer’s voice through scripts and stories. Alongside this she was connecting creatively with children and young people in variety of roles such as working as a Drama practitioner with the National Citizen Service and delivering Theatre in Education with Saltmine Theatre Company. In her current role she oversees the drama curriculum for KS1-3 and both directs and manages multiple school productions throughout the year. Through drama education she strives to engage, inspire, and develop the creative talents of students of all ages as well as equipping them to tell their own stories and empathise with others.

Merriel McDowell

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