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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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