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Jo Anne Newson - Speech & Drama, Public Speaking, LAMDA Woking

Jo Anne Newson Drama School Auditions Coaches (Guildford)

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  • Professional Qualification Associate Diploma in Performance Arts TeachingTheatre A rts
  • Professional Qualification LAMDA Performance Certificate in Speech and Drama,LAMDA Gold Medal in Speaking of Verse and Prose, LAMDA grade 8 Acting and Reading for performance.
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check Fully enhanced CRB
  • Professional Membership LAMDA Teachers Association
  • References References are available upon request


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Personal Message
I am passionate about teaching the next generation of actors, performers, professionals and passing on the knowledge, love and experience of the arts world.
Looking forward to working with you.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach Drama and LAMDA to children aged 5 years to adult and I prepare pupils for LAMDA examinations in: Acting, devised, reading for performance, Speaking in Public and speaking of verse and prose.
5 to 7 year olds take step 1 to 3 LAMDA poetry exams.
LAMDA examination result since 2009 are 100% pass rate of 107 distinctions and 131 merits.
Exams held locally twice a year.
Drama school auditions and scholarship auditions, have experince of working with pupils for whom English is a second language .
Also teach/coach for Trinity Guildhall drama examinations.
Tell me about your qualifications.
BA (Hons) in Performing Arts from the University of Hertfordshire,
Associate Diploma in Performance Arts Teaching (Stagecoach)
LAMDA Performance Certificate in Speech & Drama
LAMDA Gold Medal in Speaking of Verse and Prose
LAMDA Gold MedalSpeaking in Public
LAMDA Grade 8 Acting
Advanced GNVQ Business and Finance
What kind of experience do you have?
Currently teaching LAMDA Stage 1 to God Medal privately.
I have taught in schools and privately for 9 years and have worked in infant, junior and secondary schools both in the private and state sectors.
Have taught at local dance school in Chertsey. I have also run a number of one off based drama workshops. I also prepare students for LAMDA examinations and drama school entry. Also run workshops for local groups - Women's institute, drama groups and charities. I am also a professional actress, role player, medical trainer.
In addition I also run my own drama and musical theatre school "Newson Academy" offering weekly classes in drama, LAMDA in West Byfleet, Woking and Pyrford for children aged 4 to adults.
How much do you charge?
I charge between £38 and £40 per hour depending on which subject is taken.
LAMDA coaching does depend on the level of exam and how long a lesson. Lessons can be 30 or 45 mins as well as 1 hour long.
There is a 10% sibling discount on weekly children’s classes for more than 1 child attending from the same family and for taking more than 1 sujbect at the academy. Fees are charged and invoiced termly. If drama and musical theatre classes are taken, then musical theatre is reduced. I also run classes for children aged 3 to 18 and adults.
Where do you teach?
I teach in Byfleet, Pyrford, West Byfleet, Sheerwater and Woking.

There is a train station at Woking, West Byfleet . There are bus services to all locations. Weekly classes of the Newson Academy run Pyrford && Woking on Saturdays
Private lessons Monday to Saturday.
Looking to open Weybriege, Sheerwatrer or New Haw,
When are you available?
I am available to teach any time during the week, both daytime and evenings, days and weekends.
I also teach in the school holidays and half-terms.
I also run Easter and Summer schools in Drama and Musical theatre.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
LAMDA classes and lessons from 5 years to adults.
Drama classes Mini Drama 3 to 5,year olds, Junior 6 to 8 year olds, Intermediate 9 to 11 year olds, Seniors 12 to 14 years, Advanced 14 to 18 year olds and adults
Beginners to Professionals plus coporate work. Musical theatre classes Foundation 5 to 8 year olds Intermediate 9 to 11 year olds Senior 12 to 16 year olds
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
LAMDA Examinations in Acting, Devising, Reading for Performance, Speaking of Verse and Prose, Public Speaking,
Trinity Guildhall acting and drama.
Singing teacher for ABRSM and LAMDA musical theatre
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have a full and current enhanced CRB as do all the other teachers of Newson AcademyHave attended the Chaparone/Matrons course with SCC - Surrey County Council.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Directory of LAMDA teachers
Society of Speech and Drama Teachers
Actors Equity
Where and with whom did you train?
I trained at University of Hertfordshire gaining my BA (Hons) in Performance Arts
Stagecoach Theatre Arts gaining A.D.P.A. Teaching.
LAMDA for Performance Certificate in Speech and Drama.
Tell me about some of your current students.
An adult student gained work with the RSC voice department.
Teenager gained scholarship to study at Arts Educational School London
Students work as professionals.
Pupil gained full drama scholarship to The Royal School Hampshire abd Notre Dame Senior School
Adult pupil gained selection as an MEP due to Public speaking coaching.
Do you have a personal message for students?
I aim to encourage and support all pupils who I teach and coach from the youngest to the oldest.
You are never too old to learn a new skill.
I care passionately about the arts being accessible to everyone and love the idea of passing on my knowledge, skills and experience onto
the next generation of actors, teachers or performers.
Drama skills can be used for any profession that you chose, being confident, articulate and professional will be of great help for many years to come!!