Emma Barr is a West End actress who has performed 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.
Steven Hevey 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. He has extensive knowledge of Psychodynamic and Trauma-Informed therapeutic practises. He has NCFE CACHE Level 2 certificates in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health, Understanding Challenging Behaviour, and Counselling Skills. He volunteers as a Buddy Volunteer for Barnardo’s TIGER services and is training to become a counsellor.