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 before coming to a point in her life where the lack of creativity became too much. After a lot of soul-searching she 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 the Youth and adult programmes. She realised there is a need for affordable drama workshops for local young people and set up Waterloo Community Theatre CIC. She found fellow local resident Mark who shares her passion for opportunities in the arts for local young people, and quickly got involved in the project. They now run the workshops supported by a team of fantastic and dedicated volunteers.
Anna is a qualified Arts Award adviser, accredited by Trinity College. 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 she decided to focus on WCT 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.
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.
Originally from Manchester, Jake is currently in his 2nd year studying for his degree in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He trained as an actor at The Arden School of Theatre in Manchester.
Jake has gained experience of working both on stage and on screen as an actor and model and his credits include creative projects with among others Brief Candle Theatre, the mental health charity MIND, Raindrop theatre, National Theatre Connections and BBC and Blue Inc. Currently he volunteers with WCT and the Youth Club at Coin Street Community Builders.
Visit starnow.com/jakewiseman for more information.
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.
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.