Meet The Director

Hi  Everyone!

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

Tiana  Wilson

Since her first performance as Jack in ‘Jack in the Beanstalk’ in primary school, Tiana has always known she wanted to be a performer. She participated 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. I have noticed

a HUGE increase in my daughter's 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 

 

Sophia is delighted Tiana is taking the class too, yay!"  Naomi, parent - Aberdour, Fife

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Abbie Faskin

Abbie is a Drama and Performance graduate of Queen Margaret University where she gained valuable experience in theatre facilitation and acting for the stage. She has a range of experience in leading theatre workshops for children and adults with additional support needs. She has assisted children with preparation for LAMDA drama examinations, as well as being qualified to Grade 8 herself. She has also recently taught children in Italy in English immersion summer camps, with a focus on language learning through games, song and activities. Abbie has been involved in theatre for as long as she can remember, being part of a youth theatre group throughout her time at school, performing in a range of theatre productions including Shakespeare comedies and improvised sketch shows. Being part of a youth theatre group had such a positive impact on Abbie growing up, therefore she is so excited to be able to recreate this experience for the children at Inspire.

 

"Cara absolutely LOVES the classes with you, Abbie. She literally talks about it all the time and can’t wait to get there each week - full of enthusiasm when she comes out. The teachers are fantastic and very engaging. Thank you also for the gorgeous T-shirt - Cara will be wearing this with pride. We feel very lucky she has this opportunity for such great teaching. How lucky we are to find you just down the road from us. Thank you!"  Anna, parent - Edinburgh

Jen Crittenden

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

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Jenny Quinn

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 

Kirsty Wearing-Mather

Kirsty graduated in 2021 with a First Class BA(Hons) in Acting from The University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts. She has been performing since she was 6 years old and has performed in a range of different styles from; Classical Shakespeare, Musical Theatre, all the way to Pantomime melodrama. She was also an avid performer in the SCDA and Shakespeare festival. Kirsty is currently an acting coach for local youth theatre companies and is passionate to pass on her love of performance to the children at Inspire. She is excited to be given the opportunity to create a safe and fun space where children are free to be themselves, all whilst gaining confidence and a love for performing. 

"Thank you very much for your feedback for Ava this term. It was a delight to read and we very much appreciate you taking the time to prepare it, Kirsty. Ava was beaming with pride when I read it to her and I could see she was visibly chuffed with your comments. We particularly appreciate you including next steps for Ava in her Inspire journey, giving her something to work towards in amongst all the fun she has each week!" 

Becky, Parent - Dollar

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Chloë Johnson

Chloë is a 2021 Acting for Stage and Screen Graduate from Queen Margaret University and Edinburgh Napier University. Her most recent credits include playing Alex Calder in Detachment: Refuge on Prime and Tamsin in Wish List with her theatre company Bone Struck Theatre at the Fringe in 2021. She loves using drama as a medium to nurture confidence, teach life skills and inspire the next generation to engage with the performing arts. 

"We had our show last night and I just wanted to feedback to you on how phenomenal it was and how much we appreciate what you managed to do in a matter of weeks! Very clever use of the kids as props and they were always wall involved which was fab. Each child was beaming from ear to ear and they seem like a really close bunch which was lovely to see. Their confidence has come on leaps and bounds and it really made me tear up with pride for them all. Thank you, thank you, thank you and we hope you have a fantastic Christmas period…the kids were already discussing Shrek on the way home!"

Laura, parent - Edinburgh

Jonathan Craig

Jonathan graduated from Queen Margaret and Edinburgh Napier Universities with a BA Honours in Acting for Stage and Screen in 2019 before going on to perform in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that year. Jonathan's teaching experience began with an Italian school tour with Educo Italia; performing, leading workshops and teaching English through theatre. Just like the children at Inspire Theatre Workshops, he first gained interest in theatre and performing as a child in order to come out of his shell and help with his confidence, and he hasn't looked back since! Having finished one term of classes, he’s looking forward to bringing more of his experience, imagination and fun to Inspire!

"Thank you so much for this wonderful feedback. Iona loves coming to class and I can see a shift in her confidence. You are all wonderful with her and I am so glad we found Inspire". 

Becky, parent - Kirkcaldy, Fife

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Teach With Us

Do you have a passion for teaching? A keen interest in Child Development? Are you a skilled performer passionate about helping children and young people realise their full potential?

 

We're always on the hunt for talented Performing Arts teachers to join on our team, so if you're interested in joining one of the fastest growing, well reputed children's drama schools in Scotland...

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