Anna Smith-Drama Boost Director
Anna is a fully qualified drama teacher and experienced practitioner and performer. She has been teaching Drama and Theatre Studies in both education and community settings for fourteen years. Anna has a BA in Theatre and Performance from the University of Warwick and an MA in Theatre in Education and the Community from Central School of Speech and Drama.
Anna has taught drama to all ages in a variety of Youth Theatres including Warwick Arts Centre, The Gordon Craig Theatre (Stevenage), Best Theatre Arts (St. Albans) , Rare Productions (Hertfordshire), Basement Youth Theatre(Letchworth) and Theatrix (St. Albans). Her experience in education includes teaching drama in both mixed and single sex secondary schools, Further Education Colleges and working with children, young people and adults with Special Educational Needs.
Anna has directed numerous productions and performed herself in a number of plays, some of which were taken to the Edinburgh Festival. She is a keen singer and writes children’s stories, poems and plays.
Being a mum to toddler Ruby, Anna also has experience with babies and young children. She applies her own knowledge and personal experiences with Ruby, to her baby and toddler Boost sessions.
Anna also understands the needs of parents attending with little ones (including the need for coffee)!
She is fully DBS checked and first aid trained.
“When I read, sing and engage in sensory play with Ruby, it is so beneficial for both of us. From the moment Ruby was born (and even when she was in my tummy!) I found a way to bond with her through storytelling, song and sensory play.
Understanding the challenges that so many face becoming a parent, I was so grateful that my skillset and experiences allowed me to interact with her in this way. I strongly feel that not only has it strengthened my relationship with her, but that it has shaped who Ruby is; giving her a love of books, music and socialising! I am passionate about supporting other parents and carers develop these skills, to enjoy interacting with their children in this way.”