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Samantha Marsden

Samantha Marsden

Biography

Sam Marsden was a freelance drama teacher for 10 years, working for theatre companies, youth theatres and state, private, and special schools. Now she is a full-time writer, writing drama teaching resources and fiction. She is the author of 100 Acting Exercises for 8 - 18 Year Olds (Bloomsbury) and her debut novel Under Glass has been optioned for film and TV by former Warner Bros. president of film Greg Silverman’s Stampede Ventures.

Recent Articles

How will drama schools operate summer courses in 2021?

How will drama schools operate summer courses in 2021?

Covid restrictions made 2020 a tough year for drama training, but being forced online has opened up learning to a wider audience. Samantha Marsden looks at some of the courses available this year and how they differ from past offerings
What are the pros and cons of not going to drama school?

What are the pros and cons of not going to drama school?

Performers who have forged a career without traditional training tell The Stage about the advantages of not taking a formal drama course, as well as what they may have missed out on
Home-school heroes: best online theatre resources

Home-school heroes: best online theatre resources

Over the past year, theatres have made a great effort to bring drama education into people’s homes. Samantha Marsden rounds up a selection of useful free educational resources to inspire the next generation of theatremakers and audiences
Which drama schools or universities should I put on my UCAS application?

Which drama schools or universities should I put on my UCAS application?

Limiting yourself to five choices of drama school or university can be a daunting process when there are so many options available. Samantha Marsden looks at the questions you need to ask before sending off your UCAS form
How schools and colleges have reimagined training for the Covid era

How schools and colleges have reimagined training for the Covid era

Having reopened their doors in September, heads of UK performing arts colleges and sixth forms explain how they have combined online and in-person teaching to prioritise safety while ensuring education standards are maintained
What are the dos and don’ts of self-taping drama school auditions?

What are the dos and don’ts of self-taping drama school auditions?

Due to the pandemic, auditioning for an acting course is likely to involve performing to camera. Staff and recent applicants give tips on what to do – and what to avoid – to give yourself the best chance of success when applying
Make the most of online drama school training during lockdown

Make the most of online drama school training during lockdown

During the coronavirus pandemic, drama schools have moved their training online. Students and teachers give Samantha Marsden their top tips for adapting to a virtual training environment
Expert tips on how to begin writing a play in lockdown

Expert tips on how to begin writing a play in lockdown

Lockdown has given many creatives the time and inspiration to start writing, but for others it can be hard to know where to begin. Samantha Marsden speaks to playwrights about their best tips for writing in the new normal
What do actors wish they’d known when they went to drama school?

What do actors wish they’d known when they went to drama school?

Drama school graduates from RADA, LAMDA, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Guildhall and Guildford School of Acting tell Samantha Marsden how they could have taken better advantage of their time studying
How to use drama to homeschool your kids during the lockdown

How to use drama to homeschool your kids during the lockdown

Under the current lockdown, parents need to create a new space for children’s imaginations to grow. Drama is the perfect tool for the homeschooling parent.
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