Meet the Team

Clare Salter

Lindsey Hughes
As qualified dramatherapist, Lindsey has experience working with a variety of client groups, particularly specialising in work with vulnerable children and young people. Registered with the HCPC and British Association of Dramatherapists, Lindsey is passionate about the role drama can play in supporting clients to develop self-esteem and confidence. Having previously studied Theatre with Visual Practices, at Dartington College of Arts, she also has extensive performance experience and regularly performs in productions across Devon. Since 2011, she has also used her voice at local radio station BayFM, where she has presented many different shows including a specialist mental health program. Lindsey enjoys working in the community and is excited to be joining the Exeter Helen O’Grady Team.

Primrose Bigwood
Primrose Bigwood Sept 2014-5Primrose has been performing ever since the age of 4 where she began ballet lessons at the Sidmouth Ballet school, where she then continued on to tap dancing and contemporary. This early introduction into the world of performance then beckoned her to perform in amateur dramatics, pantomimes, musicals and plays throughout her childhood and teenage years. She has studied drama throughout GCSE, AS Level and then on to a performing arts extended BTEC diploma in Exeter, where she then was offered to study a BA Honors in acting for 3 years in London. Primrose decided to explore other options into the profession and now continues to pursue this craft through industry experience and now spends her time both teaching at Helen O’Grady and expanding her roles within film, theatre and television.

“I have always wanted to teach drama and performance skills, I just never imagined being given the opportunity so early on after finishing education. I truly believe that Helen O’Grady cannot be compared to any other program of its kind, simply because it allows children and young adults to take away what they want from the classes. It not only teaches them vital skills in speech, posture and confidence, but also gives them the tools to translate these key skills to any situation they want, be it drama related or not. It is the most rewarding thing in the world to see a child flourish confidence wise, all thanks to encouragement, praise and the unique lessons provided at the academy.”

Mai-Lin Hagiwaramai

Mai-lin has been Signing, Dancing, Acting and Performing from a young age. Mai-Lin has performed in Fashion Awards, Australian Hip Hop Championships, Saturday Morning Disney, The Goodwill Games and danced alongside the likes of Tina Arena and Brian McFadden. Mai-Lin had trained at the National Institute of Dramatic Art as part of the Young Actor’s Studio and Vocal Studies at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. In 2004 Mai-Lin was awarded the Best Director Award at the Art’s Theatre Festival. Mai-Lin has trained all over the world and has a passion for teaching within the Performing Arts. Mai-lin has taught for Acting Studios, Talent Agencies and continues to work freelance with different Performing Arts Companies. Mai-lin loves being part of the Exeter Helen O’Grady Team.

Charlie Jones

CharlieA singer, actor, director and all round performer, Charlie gained a strong interest for theatre after receiving the Devon Young Actor Award at the age of 10. Since then Charlie has progressed to receive a BA Honors Degree in Contemporary Performance at Winchester University. This has allowed her to explore all aspects of theatre from movement to puppetry and music. Charlie completed her training to become a Youth Theatre Director with the Theatre Royal Winchester in 2012 and joined our team at the beginning of this year.

“Like me I want children to experience the feeling of being invincible, by developing their life skills through theatre, helping them to recognise  and be proud of their own achievements. By having fun each child can create long lasting friendships, develop confidence in themselves, their bodies and abilities. What do I love about my job the most? The individual personalities and characters each child brings to each session, always allowing me to leave with a smile of proudness on my face.”

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Georgina is a keen actress and singer. From a young age she was a member of the national children’s choir and held a major music scholarship. She has studied drama through GCSE, A level and Lamda exams and in this time has pursued her interest in drama through many performances. She also enjoys leading jazz workshops in schools and has worked as a teaching assistant in local theatre clubs. Georgina has experience in running drama therapy courses with Odd Arts in Manchester and from this learnt the value of drama as a tool for education and communication: a key element of the unique Helen O’Grady syllabus. Georgina has been working alongside our team in classes throughout the Academy, offering support as an assistant. She looks forward to studying Drama at Birmingham University this September – but watch this space, you may well see her throughout the year during her University breaks!