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

Amy Adamson

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

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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

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 

Shannon Fraser

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  Edinburgh

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Ali Brown

Ali graduated with a BA in Acting from Queen Margaret University in 2019, having previously completed her HND from Performing Arts Studio Scotland. Her credits include a successful show at The Edinburgh Fringe 2018 with Pandorum Theatre Company, and participating in numerous short films - screen acting being an art form she is passionate about. One of her most memorable experiences was as an actor at The Edinburgh Dungeons, performing in a range of roles from witches and ghouls, to judges and doctors - all in the same day! Transitioning from scaring kids to teaching them is, "quite a difference", she says! Nonetheless, she's excited to share her skills with them. Ali is dedicated to helping all children feel involved and valued in her workshops, and loves to encourage their confidence and help their imaginations flourish. She really believes in how Inspire benefits child development, and absolutely loves being part of the team. 

 

"Ali is a confident, committed & full of life individual. She is a great listener with a big imagination and even bigger heart. Her natural flair and charisma lights up the room and builds a positive, welcoming atmosphere." 

 

Lucy Ballingall, former student at PASS 

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

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Ailsa Maplesden

Ailsa graduated in 2020 with her BA(Hons) in Musical Theatre from The MGA Academy of Performing Arts in Edinburgh. She has a particular love for bringing voices together in harmony, and utilised this over lockdown by running online choir sessions. During her training Ailsa played Glinda the Good Witch in the Wizard of Oz - and she is now super excited to work with even more little munchkins! Ailsa remembers the wonderful teachers who encouraged her out of her shell as a child through music and drama. Now that she’s grown up and pursuing these passions, she would love to be a similar role model; helping children’s confidence blossom as they do what they love without letting any inhibitions hold them back.

 “Ailsa is not only incredibly talented, but also one of the kindest, most driven ladies. I know she will put her heart and soul into every class she teaches and her passion is sure to inspire every child she meets. Ailsa dreams big, and she will encourage her students to do the same.” -

 

Steph - Performer & Coach

Peter Morrison

Peter graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2019, having studied English Literature & History. During his time there, he was a regular performer with the Edinburgh University Theatre Company and has performed with the Edinburgh University Shakespeare Society and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has worked with children as part of an English Language School and believes strongly in the ability of drama and performance to boost confidence and communication skills; having found this personally to be the case. Peter is excited by the prospect of working with children to help them explore their creativity and express themselves; creating characters and building it in themselves.

"Peter’s talent as an actor, writer and director was very obvious right from the start. He is a strong team player but also a very gifted leader who motivates pupils to do their absolute best. He is a warm, compassionate and enormously talented young man."

 

Pamela, Drama Teacher - County Down, Northern Ireland

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Jade McDonald

Jade has been acting since she was 10 years old, performing with the Kirkintilloch Players Amateur Dramatics Society, starring in pantomimes and competing for the SCDA awards. She graduated from Glasgow Kelvin College with an HND in Acting and Performance in 2018 and continued her studies at Queen Margaret and Edinburgh Napier universities, graduating with a BA First Class Honours degree in BA Acting for Stage and Screen in 2020. She's performed in the Edinburgh Fringe festival for the last three years and has experience in short films and music videos. Jade's experience working with children ranges from directing pantomimes to helping student actors prepare for their academic and practical exams. She thoroughly enjoys supporting the younger age groups in developing their acting skills and loves to see their enjoyment of acting and self-confidence and expression grow as they learn.

"Jade's energy, determination, enthusiasm and hard work means she is always willing to go the extra mile and always puts a smile on your face."

 

Lisa - Co-Director of Central Belters Theatre Company

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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