Originally from Staffordshire, Kirsty began her work with children as a dance and drama teaching assistant for Jill Clewes’ Performing Arts Centre. In August of 2000, She took on the role of Drama co-ordinator for the summer school programme at Stoke-on-Trent College.
After training on the BA course at East 15 Acting School, Kirsty worked as an actor within the mediums of new writing, children’s theatre, short films and documentaries. During this time, she worked for several Theatre-in Education Companies as an actor, company manager, director and choreographer, performing in and overseeing national tours of curriculum-based shows. Although working on these shows was extremely worthwhile, she felt that working with children on a more interactive level would be much more rewarding than simply ‘performing’ to them.
As a result of this, Kirsty established Reflect Productions in 2007. Since then, she has worked with children and young people across London and overseas, aged from 3 – 21 years of age. Regardless of the specifics of the project, She always loves working to develop children’s creativity and seeing how simple drama work can positively affect self-esteem. She also finds it extremely rewarding to see how teaching respect and encouraging the right work-ethic and rehearsal-room atmosphere can enable children to blossom, both as individuals and as supportive ensemble members.
As Reflect has grown, and the work covered has expanded, Kirsty has been fortunate enough to accrue a fantastic team of actors, directors and facilitators. All Reflect practitioners share an enthusiasm and passion for drama which is infectious and, therefore, encourages a positivity and eagerness in the children with whom they work.
As well as her work with Reflect, Kirsty is also a Back Belt Chief instructor in Choi Kwang Do and enjoys working with children from the age of 4 and upwards to develop not only martial arts’ skills, but also a sense of self-control, discipline, confidence and respect.