Hello, I’m Suzie and I am the creator of Lemons and Life Skills. Here is a little bit about me:
I am a Qualified Drama Teacher with a background in theatre, education and charity work.
I grew up in Cumbria and always had a love for theatre and for people. During my Performing Arts (Acting) FDA at Bath Spa University and Performance BA (Hons) at Huddersfield, I performed in a variety of roles.
After my degree I spent some time volunteering with adults with learning difficulties. Here we used the Aladdin pantomime to help improve motor skills, facilitate social interactions and encourage the use of verbal and physical expression.
After this I spent some months volunteering as a Drama and English Teacher for an NGO in Delhi, funded by VSO ICS. It was here that I experienced first hand how drama can have a positive impact on a whole community as well as the the individual. Not only did the students gain confidence and build relationships, they also used drama to make a difference to their community, using street performances to educate people about environmental issues. We also worked on ‘myth busting’ menstruation taboos and campaigned for more access to education. For more information about this organisation, visit the Swechha Pagdandi Project website.
When back in the UK, I was a ZUMBA instructor and volunteering for Rape Crisis. I met a lot of inspirational people who used a variety of creative ways to cope with incredibly distressing and challenging situations. These experiences helped to shape the vision of Lemons and Life Skills, which aims to help people to draw on their inner resources and strengthen their coping strategies.
I then completed a PGCE in Secondary Drama at Birmingham City University, which led to a job at as a Teacher of Drama in Dronfield. I have experience in a variety of different schools, using drama to not only develop skills specific to the theatre, but also to explore a diverse range of social issues.
My passion for people has since led me to the Sexual Exploitation Service, working 1-to-1 with young people. I see one of the primary roles of my company is to facilitate the growth of tolerance and empathy. I value the importance of creating a safe space where participants can have discussions and explore a variety of challenging issues in creative ways. Young people seem to get a lot of lemons thrown at them these days, and hopefully my theatre workshops will empower them to make lemonade!