Founder and Creative Director
Anna grew up in Lapland, in the far north of Sweden. There she joined the local amateur dramatic group at the age of 13. She went on to study acting at 19 and found herself with a one-way ticket to London by 21. Leaving the theatre-life behind for a more sensible teaching-qualification after the birth of her daughter, she worked as a primary school teacher for almost ten years. She eventually gave up teaching and returned to her first love; theatre. In 2016 she completed a Master’s degree in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Anna’s day-job is with the Community Programmes team at Coin Street Community Builders based on the South Bank, where she primarily runs Youth and adult programmes. Responding to the need for affordable drama provision for local young people she founded Waterloo Community Theatre.
Anna is a qualified Arts Award adviser, accredited by Trinity College. She is trained to deliver all levels of the award. See artsaward.org.uk for more information about the awards. She was also a trustee for Real Drama for a few years. Real Drama was a small charity that delivered weekly drama workshops from 2InSpire Youth Centre on the Aylesbury Estate, but due to the growth of WCT, she decided to place her focus there and the charity was dissolved in July 2016. Although RD is no longer in operation, the workshops are continuing to thrive, delivered by another organisation.
Anna spent the summer of 2016 in Los Angeles, working with established community-based theatre company Cornerstone Theater, creating a community-based theatre project with the Oakwood neighbourhood in Venice, CA.
MARK JOHNSON FRSA
Mark is also director of Prospero Theatre CIC, where he is involved in teaching and facilitating active learning through drama. See prosperotheatre.com for more information.
He has completed his Master’s degree in Actor Training and Coaching at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Mark trained as an actor himself before moving to roles in film financing, film production and, most recently, talent management. He is an active member of local amateur dramatic group Network Theatre, please visit networktheatre.org. He also performs improvised comedy in and around South London.
Mark is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Laura has completed her MA in Applied Theatre at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she focused on working with young people in a range of settings. She has worked alongside Little Angel Theatre, The Almeida Theatre and Haringey Shed while studying. She previously attended the University of Birmingham where she was awarded a BA(hons) in Drama and English Literature and directed many student shows. Laura is a qualified Arts Award adviser trained to deliver Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.
She enjoys working with a range of material and performance styles and previous directing credits have included The Twits and A Midummer Night’s Dream among others. She is also a puppeteer and performer and is very keen to create new work with young people. Laura is very excited to be working with Waterloo Community Theatre.
ROBERTA ‘BETTY’ SCARPETTI
Workshop Leader / Workshop Assistant
Roberta was born in Italy. She started acting in local companies and productions at the age of eight and playing drums in a band at the age of 17. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Theatre and Performing Art from La Sapienza University and a Masters Degree in Applied Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
She has worked with young people in different capacities since the age of 16, and has lots of experience of working with children and young people with SEN. In addition to WCT, she teaches drama in nurseries, tutors art for a group of over 50s and delivers one-to-one sessions as a Son-Rise Program facilitator for a child in the autistic spectrum. With a very positive attitude she loves working with children and young people, helping them to express their creativity and fulfill their potential, making sure they always leave the room with a smile on their faces.