Meet The Director
My name's Jen and I'm a trained actor from Fife, Scotland. Having over 18 years experience of teaching children in a variety of forms, ranging from gymnastics coaching, to teaching drama, dance and singing for various child development & drama school companies, to leading children's birthday parties, I know that it's the most rewarding thing I can be doing with my life. Which is why I set out on an exciting new venture in April 2017. Inspire was born in London and after a year and a half I am extremely excited to be branching out in my home county, Fife, with brand new Drama, Dance, & Singing weekly workshops for 4-17 year olds, all centred around Child Development. For us here at Inspire, it's not about promising to turn your child into the next big A-list star... child development is at the heart of everything we do and our passion for developing our "4 Cs", Concentration, Communication, Coordination, and Confidence, shines through.
My simple aim - to help children realise their full potential.
"I have done quite a few different classes and groups with my children but this is without a doubt the most professional, well run and organised, by far. Jen is fantastic. She is enthusiastic, professional and my son adores her. She runs the class excellently. My son has had many more mature group leaders at other classes previously who do not command nearly as much respect. The classes are a great balance of discipline and fun and my son comes out completely engaged and enthused. It's a great end to his week and start to the weekend!"
Claudia, parent - Bushey, London
Meet The Team
Since her magical childhood role, "Dancing Spoon Number 4", in Beauty and the Beast it's clear that Amy's lived her best life while bringing a character, or rather an inanimate object, to life! Amy has recently graduated from Queen Margaret and Napier University with a BA Honours in Acting for Stage and Screen. Performing roles on and off stage, in front of and behind the camera, Amy has created a solid foundation of knowledge and experience that she can’t wait to expand and share through teaching. With previous involvement leading drama workshops throughout Fife, Amy loves to witness children’s confidence and personalities bloom. She loves the lack of inhibitions, endless imaginations and smiling faces children possess; she can’t help but immerse herself and explore their ever-expanding worlds with them.
"Amy is so full of energy and enthusiasm and Amelia absolutely adores her. She is a shy wee thing and this has really helped bring her out of her shell. We signed up for a karate class before this and she made it to one class before refusing to go back because she was too timid....and she's been the exact opposite with this class."
Jo, parent - Burntisland, Fife
Calette Corrie Duke
Calette trained in Acting and Performance at Fife College, progressing on to studying Physical Theatre at Summerhall, Edinburgh, where she explored techniques such as Clown, Puppetry, Mask and Mime. She has previously taught youth theatre at Little Einstein's Nursery, Auchmuty High School and through Fife College's Youth Theatre program. Calette's goals are to develop children's key social skills, to help them become confident and creative individuals, all while exploring their limitless imaginations in an environment where everything is possible.
"You all do an amazing job instilling such valuable skills, attributes and qualities in all these wee cherubs. Keep up the good work, Calette, and thank you."
Lorraine, grandmother - Thornton, Fife
Since her first performance as Jack in ‘Jack in the Beanstalk’ in primary school, Tiana has
always knew she wanted to be a performer. She partook in various musical theatre
productions back home in Aberdeen before embarking on the journey to obtain her degree
in Acting for Stage and Screen at Edinburgh Napier and Queen Margaret Universities. Since
graduating in 2019, she has performed in the Edinburgh Fringe, been in a children’s radio
drama, and played a prince in Howden Park Centre’s pantomime of ‘Cinderella’.
She is looking forward to bringing her experience and abundance of excitement to classes to
help children and young people develop as individuals.
"The team are absolutely fantastic & put time and effort into each and every child. Such a brilliant class for kids. I have noticed a HUGE increase in my daughters confidence since joining. This also carries into her everyday life, from speaking confidently with new people & having the confidence to hold an opinion strongly.Would highly recommend, she loves going & always has great fun."
Megan, parent - Kirkcaldy, Fife
In the words of William Shakespeare “All the world’s a stage”, and that is exactly how Mollie likes to live her life. Originally from Newcastle, Mollie recently graduated from Queen Margaret and Edinburgh Napier University with a First Class BA Hons in Acting for Stage and Screen, and is thrilled to be using the skills she obtained from her degree in her teaching at Inspire. Having lots of experience teaching performing arts classes for children of a wide range of ages, she can’t wait to see the smiling faces of children ready to grow in confidence and courage.
"Mollie's energy is just BONKERS. I want to know how she achieves that. The kids absolutely love the class! The "teachers" (Jen, Mollie, Amy and Kate) are all fab and the kids enjoy every minute of the class"
Jo, parent - Burntisland, Fife
Jen is from Fife and trained at the MGA Academy of Performing Arts in
Edinburgh, graduating with a BA(HONS) in Acting of June last year. She loves all things comedy and getting a good giggle out of performance. In 2016, Jen took part in a Shakespeare for schools tour with a production of ‘The Tempest, An Adaptation’ and in 2019 participated in another school tour with ‘Raising Sheep’. She enjoyed leading workshops alongside the performances, exploring the themes and issues raised with the pupils. Jen is dedicated to inspiring confidence in young people through drama, encouraging kids to come out of their shell, and helping them grow as performers and people.
"I have taken my granddaughter Megan to Inspire for over a year now, and she absolutely loves it. She had grown in confidence and learned to work as part of a team . She is also contributing to whatever they are doing, but most of all is having great fun and making new friends. Thanks Jen and the team you are all awesome xx"
Mary, grandparent - Kinghorn, Fife
Jenny trained at The MGA Academy of Performing Arts in Edinburgh where she gained extensive experience within the Arts. After graduating in 2017, she toured around the UK with several plays and was cast for the role of a Princess as part of a company that travelled to Poland to entertain and educate children in International Schools. This Princess persona was later replaced by a Goblin when she was cast in an interactive show at the Edinburgh Fringe. All these experiences, contrasting characters and working alongside a younger audience has given her an enthusiasm for educating children and boosting confidence within themselves. Jenny cannot wait to inspire children more, and allow them to express their limitless imaginations and creativity through performance!
"Jenny is a mesmerising performer who captivates the audience and transports them to her world. As a teacher she is engaging, passionate and nurturing - the kids love her!"
Maria, Parent - Edinburgh
Since first studying drama in third year of high school, Shannon has aspired to become a drama teacher. Shannon is from Fife, and a recent graduate from Queen Margaret University with a
First-class BA Honours in Drama and Performance. Her degree gave Shannon the opportunity to improve her skills and knowledge in preparation to teach professionally. Furthermore, she has acquired a variety of teaching experience including co-facilitating drama workshops for adults with complex additional needs. She has undertaken numerous voluntary opportunities with organisations such as First Aid Africa, teaching first-aid to rural communities in Kenya for a month. She was a LEAPS volunteer, a program that aims to encourage high-school students to consider further education, and was recently employed by the Community and Engagement Department at QM University as a Summer group leader for two consecutive years and was given the opportunity to facilitate drama workshops to young children. Shannon cannot wait to further expand her teaching experience; she loves watching children flourish in confidence in a subject they're passionate about.
"Avyansh also mentioned that he loves theatre workshop and would love to go there everyday!!"
Vandana, parent - Merchiston, Edinburgh