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Creative Writing, Speech and Drama, LAMDA Exams in Putney and Ealing

Rachel Knightley LAMDA/ RADA Exams Tutor (South West London)

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  • Professional Qualification MA, Creative Writing; BA, English Literature
  • Professional Qualification LAMDA Diploma of Speech and Drama Education
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check Full CRB Disclosure
  • Professional Membership Voice
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Personal Message
Friendly, focused Communication and Performance training. Build life skills and boost your confidence.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
Creative Writing, Speech and Drama. All ages and levels of performance experience.

LAMDA Examinations:
Communication (Speaking Verse and Prose; Reading for Performance; Speaking in Public).
Performance (Acting; Devising Drama; Mime).
Tell me about your qualifications.
Qualified LAMDA Teacher (achieved my LSDE in 2012), MA Creative Writing (Bath Spa University, 2007). Background in directing and performing. I am currently taking my PhD in Creative Writing. I teach privately and for Susan Daughtrey Education.
What kind of experience do you have?
A full-time freelancer since 2008, I left copywriting for Telegraph Media Group to produce and direct Terry Pratchett's Night Watch for Macmillan Cancer Support, in memory of a fellow member of the Questors Youth Theatre where I went on to become senior tutor. I have taught, written and directed ever since, and still act when time and interesting stories come up (I am a member of Spotlight and Starnow). I run Green Ink Writers' Gym ( based at Waterstones, Piccadilly and Olympic Studios, Barnes.
How much do you charge?
From my bases in Ealing W5 and Barnes/Putney SW15:

Termtime rates: £40/£45ph
Holiday rates: £45/£50ph

I also provide sessions by experienced substitute teachers in schools and homes across London. Please enquire for availability and price details.
Where do you teach?
I teach from home in W5 and SW15, but offer substitute teachers for after-school and weekend lessons and drama clubs as Green Ink Drama. Where I am not able to travel to a session due to teaching and artistic commitments, I am able to provide regular cover: costing is dependent on travel time and location. Please contact me for details of the options available.
When are you available?
Term-time: Weekday afternoons and evenings; Saturdays.
School holidays: Daytime, afternoons and evenings.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
All ages, all levels of experience. Most current students are school- or college-age but range from pre-school to post-retirement, including university lecturers and students!
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
LAMDA Exams - Introductory level - Level 1 (Grades 1-3) - Level 2 (Grades 4-5) - Level 3 (Grades 6-8: Bronze, Silver and Gold medals) If you are 18, or already have your Gold LAMDA medal, please ask about the PCertLAM.
English and Drama KS1, KS2, KS3, GCSE, A Level, Undergraduate, Postgraduate.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Directory of LAMDA Teachers; Voice, the teachers' union; Spotlight; Starnow.
Where and with whom did you train?
I am currently taking a PhD in Creative Writing with the University of Hull (associate student: University of Roehampton).

LSDE (LAMDA Diploma of Speech and Drama Education), LAMDA
MA, Creative Writing, Bath Spa University
BA, English Literature, Roehampton University

I also studied directing at the City Lit and acting at Kingston College/The Questors Theatre.
Tell me about some of your current students.
I am proudest of those who thought themselves 'too shy', 'too late', or 'not good enough' and achieve results that let them see themselves differently - for good.

A new actor who speaks English as a second language improved his focus, emotional commitment, and diction in both languages and was accepted to drama school. A primary school pupil who struggled with audibility and eye contact when she arrived and achieved a distinction in her first LAMDA Exam a term later. Two teenage acting students are already pursuing successful careers as voiceover artists.

I lead workshops for published and unpublished writers across the genres, helping them gain space and confidence to create new work.
Do you have a personal message for students?
I will help you enjoy writing and performing as much as I do!