Newly appointed HotHouse Drama School secondary drama class Teaching Artist, Felicity Cartwright, says she can’t wait to begin working with the dedicated and passionate bunch of students.
‘HotHouse Theatre has such a wonderful reputation and I am so honoured to be joining the team in the role. HotHouse is adept at supporting new writers and theatre productions, and I too wish to nurture the young talents and minds of tomorrow’s leaders both within the arts and beyond,’ she said.
Felicity’s background is both in performance and as an educator. She first studied Music Theatre at Arts Academy Ballarat, then a Diploma of Secondary teaching at Melbourne University.
‘After this I continued my acting training at East 15 acting School in the UK. Upon graduating I joined the Whitehorse Theatre Company where I performed in three English speaking plays on tour in Germany for one year. Upon my return to Melbourne I performed in cabaret, opera and appeared in Offspring, House Husbands and a number of television commercials.
‘Over the past eight years I have been working at Haileybury in Brighton where I taught drama to students aged prep to Year 11 and directed them in many varied school productions,’ she said.
Felicity said this term the class will be using a range of stimulus to explore the world around them, all the while learning more about each other and how empathy is essential for any great actor.
‘My passion is drama, and especially working with young people in the drama classroom. I enjoy the challenge of harnessing the many varied and creative ideas that they produce, and using them to create fun learning and develop their creative skills in a dynamic and focussed atmosphere.
‘I find young people’s energy and enthusiasm to be contagious, and this fuels an entire class and creates exciting possibilities to explore and create.
Felicity said she gets so much from the drama teaching process too.
HotHouse Drama School classes for Term 3 begin next week. There is an Early Bird offer of $20 off term fees until Friday 15 July.