Co-Founder and Artistic Director
Steven is a professional playwright with 15 years of experience writing plays for the UK's most prestigious theatre companies. Winner of OffWestEnd’s Adopt a Playwright Award 2014 and a graduate of the Old Vic 12, Royal Court and Soho Theatre Young Writers Programmes, Steven has worked extensively with Old Vic New Voices, Paines Plough and the Finborough Theatre.
However, there was a time when his life was not too dissimilar to the young people of today who are increasingly exposed to adverse childhood experiences. Underclass and uneducated, it was his first experience of theatre that gave him agency and purpose. It was the magic of experiencing a West End show that opened his eyes to all the rich possibilities in what had once seemed a world without hope. His passion is to give young people the opportunity to experience that same magic and find a chance to shine. Although the moment will be brief, the memory is one they will cherish forever.
Steven also has over 15 years of working with mental health. Scoring 9 out of 10 on the Adverse Child Experiences test, he has extensive knowledge of Psychodynamic and Trauma-Informed therapeutic practices. He has NCFE CACHE Level 2 certificates in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health, Understanding Challenging Behaviour, and Counselling Skills. He has trained in child protection in primary schools (NSPCC) and has an enhanced DBS certificate.
Steven has worked as an SEMH support worker working with primary school children in South East London and volunteered as a Buddy for Barnardo’s TIGER services. He has a diploma (distinction) in Trauma and Mental Health Informed Schools and Communities (practitioner status) from the Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education.
Co-Founder and Principal Artist
Emma is a West End performer who has starred in Les Misérables (Queens Theatre), The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty's Theatre), The Wizard of Oz (London Palladium), and Evita (UK and International Tour). She also has a wealth of teaching experience with children, students and adults alike of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Emma has a warm and friendly approach to coaching, supporting even the most nervous of students to gain confidence in their performances and themselves - her patient and nurturing style brings the best out of each student.
Emma is health and safety trained and has an enhanced DBS certificate.
Senior Artist and Workshop Assistant
Jade is Caedmon's most experienced Work Shop Facilitator who consistently demonstrates a remarkable ability to engage, educate, and inspire all the children and young people that we work with. Her adeptness at crafting workshops that are both informative and interactive is truly impressive.
Her charismatic presence and clear communication style create an atmosphere where our heroes feel comfortable sharing ideas and collaborating.
Whether it's working 1 to 1 or with large groups, Jade's brilliance as a workshop facilitator shines through, leaving participants enriched and invigorated by the learning experience.
Outside of Caedmon, Jade is a professional performer who can be seen in TV series' such as 'This is Going to Hurt' (BBC) and 'World's End' (CBBC). She's also a huge fan of theatre and has performed in musicals on the West End and across the country.
Her first experience of performing was in a school nativity where she played the star that led the Wise Men to Bethlehem- she may have taken that part a bit too literally!
What she loves most about working with Caedmon is getting to see our children's and young people's faces when they step on stage at a Theatre for the very first time. For her, It's a privilege to be part of a core memory for the kids. and we are lucky to have her.
Magical Mentor & Workshop Assistant
Kathy trained at the Royal Academy of Music after finishing an undergraduate degree in Theology and Religion at Oxford University.
She began performing locally at the age of three, and professionally at the age of eight when she was a part of two productions at the Royal Opera House. There was no escaping the theatre bug after that!
She made her West End debut in the London cast of Les Miserables at the newly restored Sondheim Theatre, where she was a Swing and understudied Cosette and Fantine. Playing Fantine 11 times with very little rehearsal is one of her proudest achievements.
Kathy also enjoys acting on screen; she plays Aalys in The Last Kingdom for Netflix, and features in commercials for Sky Live.
Outside of performing Kathy is passionate about books and writing, and has enjoyed creating and experiencing art of all kinds since she was very little, courtesy of her artistic and musical parents! She is excited to be able to help kids discover the transformational power of art and creativity in all its forms.
Resident Wellbeing Practitioner & Workshop Assistant
Tom is a theatre director, dramaturg and trainee Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner. Currently in his final year of training at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, Tom’s work with children includes one-to-one therapeutic counselling in schools, volunteering as a reading helper with Coram Beanstalk, and as a workshop facilitator in youth theatre.
As a director and dramaturg he has worked with The Royal Shakespeare Company, Theatre503, Historic Royal Palaces, Shakespeare in the Squares, various fringe theatres, in the West End and on tour. He has supported dozens of writers developing new works for stage, screen and radio, and read for playwrighting awards including Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Theatre503 International Playwrighting Award and the RSC’s 37 Plays Project.
He is passionate about utilising storytelling, the arts, imagination and play to support children find coherence in their lived experiences, boost their self-esteem and develop vital life skills.