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Olwen May - Drama/ Speech Tutor in Hebden Bridge, Halifax

Olwen May Drama (general) Teacher (Halifax)

Olwen May

  • Hebden Bridge (HX7)
  • Last Logged In: 08 Apr 2018
  • Sex: Female
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Personal Message
I have been working as a professional actor/teacher/director for over thirty years. I specialise in working with underconfident students who need a lot of support and sound technique.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
Acting, Drama School and University auditions, sight reading, audition technique for professionals. Public speaking (weddings, funerals, public events) interview techniques, presentation skills, pronunciation coaching for non-native speakers, coaching for writers to read their work publicly.
Revision technique and effective note-taking for exams
Preparation for graded TRINITY Speech, Drama and Communications Skills exams.
Tell me about your qualifications.
B.A. (Hons) Drama and English U.E.A

Former Trinity Guildhall examiner.
What kind of experience do you have?
I am a professional actress and have worked with companies such as the National Theatre, RSC, The West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Young Vic and The Royal Exchange Theatre. Television work includes "Happy Valley", "Silent Witness", "Inspector George Gently", Housewife 49" and " Life On Mars". I am a regular contributor to BBC Radio Drama.
I have worked one to one with many students both as an aid to building confidence with spoken English and also preparing people for auditions, interviews and public speaking.I have taught drama at Degree and Post grad level at, Manchester University, Huddersfield University and Nottingham University, University of Bolton ,the University of Salford and Bretton Hall college.
My work with groups includes workshops in prisons, hospitals (particularly mental health units), offices, schools, museums and adult learning centres. I have experience of tutoring people for whom English is a second language and I also have experience of working with students who are dyslexic.
I was a tutor with a company called Learning Performance seminars where I travelled to schools nationwide helping pre GCSE students identify their learning styles and I taught revision technique.
How much do you charge?
I charge £25 for an hour's session. If I travel to the student's home I also charge travel expenses and travel time. Group lessons of more than four people is £15 each.
Where do you teach?
I teach mainly at my home in Hebden Bridge but I am willing to travel to nearby towns both in West Yorkshire and Lancashire. Ring and ask me.
When are you available?
I have a flexible schedule and can work most days and evenings. It is not always possible to do the same time and day every week but I will always aim to fit you in!
Which ages and levels do you teach?
Adult degree level.
Trinity graded exams 1-8
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Trinity College graded exams.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have a current enhanced CRB Certificate
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I don't teach drama, speech or voice online but I can help with screen audition pieces online and also accent work.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Do you have a personal message for students?
My aim is to nurture your innate talent and to support you in achieving your goals. Every student learns in a different way and it's my job to discover how you can best learn and feel confident with the outcome.