The team

James Gillam, Director

James is a teacher of eighteen years experience and a proud Northamptonian. He was the Head of Drama at Winchester House School in Brackley where he also taught History, English, Latin and Sport. Now he is a freelance teacher, tutor and drama practitioner. James is a particular devotee of Shakespeare and has a Postgraduate Award in the Essentials of Teaching and Performing Shakespeare with children and young people from the RSC/Warwick University. He has a passion for Drama, theatre and working with young people. He aims to create inclusive ensembles where everyone feels valued and safe. He believes that young people are at their most creative when they are having fun but he also believes that teaching them to control performance can help them learn self-discipline. James has high standards and believes that young people thrive on being driven to excel, within a fun and positive environment. Most of all, however, James believes in the creative, moral and nurturing power of stories and he loves sharing the power of telling stories with young people.

Tim Page, Assistant Director

Tim has worked as a professional actor for some 15 years and in that time he has gained a wealth of experience working in touring theatre. Whenever Tim is able, he is an Assistant Director to James. He is keen to share his knowledge and experience with young people as he believes that Youth Theatre is vital for developing communication skills, self-discipline and personal confidence, all of which he feels are so important within a young person’s development into adulthood in whatever career path they wish to choose.