We are delighted to welcome Jessica Cheetham & Ross Drury as Franchisees for our south region as of September 2018. They will be operating Bigfoot in Brighton & Hove, East & West Sussex and Hampshire & the Isle of Wight, and are extremely eager and excited to get started!.
Both Jessica & Ross are award wining theatre directors, workshop leaders and actors who have a wealth of experience in the industry and are now ready to bring their knowledge and expertise to Primary & Secondary schools in the South.
Ross is the Artistic Director Living Record Production and Associate Artist of The Pantaloons. In his Theatre Practice Ross has directed national touring productions, worked in London and Europe and reguarly takes productions to Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe Festivals. Ross brings this knowledge of the professional theatre world into the classroom through imaginative staging exercises and great performances created in after school clubs.
Ross trained at the University of Kent, East 15 Acting School and National Theatre Director’s Course.
Ross has a lot of experience working with young people. He has taught drama and directed Youth Theatre at Stagecoach, Bromley Churchill Theatre, West Sussex County Youth Theatre, The NSDF and The Young Actors Group where his staging of Ridley’s Sparkleshark was awarded with the IYAF Best Young Production at The Brighton Fringe Festival 2016. Ross has also taught A-Level and BTEC Drama at Central Sussex College. He hopes to establish a Bigfoot Youth Theatre for Sussex creating professional standard productions with the actors, directors and technical crew of the future.
Jessica is an award winning theatre director, producer and experienced workshop facilitator.
Her facilitation career began in 2012 at Bigfoot Sussex where she ran regular creative days and delivered PPA cover and Mantle of the Expert workshops. Jessica loves the ethos of Bigfoot Arts Education and the challenge of re-framing the curriculum using drama, visual arts and games.
Jessica expanded on her creative and management skills during her time with Root Experience, an arts charity committed to social change through drama and play. With Root Experience she ran the creative learning enrichment programme at Bevendean School from 2014 to 2016, working in partnership with the teachers to design and deliver creative sessions for KS2. Also at Root Experience Jessica co-created Exciting Writing, a bespoke course bringing CPD into the classroom to work with individual teachers and their classes to boost confidence and give skills to use drama in the classroom.
Jessica has also designed and delivered a range of bespoke creative days for primary schools, secondary schools and universities working with Shakespeare, puppetry, devised theatre techniques, performance skills and confidence boosting.
As a theatre producer Jessica runs her own production company Spun Glass Theatre and is looking forward to applying her management knowledge to Bigfoot Arts Education South.