With over 20 years’ experience, Lorrine has worked as a Youth Theatre Leader, Dance and Drama Teacher (Key stages 3, 4 and 5), and a visiting examiner for OCR Drama for 7 years.Her interests in the arts started with youth theatre as a member of H.A.T.S (Highfields Action Theatre, 1981-85) she has performed at Leicester’s Haymarket Theatre, County School of Dance and the Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival. This early community involvement led her to become a Youth Theatre Leader, working for Youth Arts Leicestershire offering weekly youth theatre sessions, a highlight of which was an exchange project to Columbus, Ohio. She regularly attended the Ilfracombe Youth Arts Festival with the group she formed called “Mobius Performing Arts Group” (1998-2003), based at Judgemeadow Community College. She joined the creative team at Leicester Arts in Education for a number of years, producing the popular summer programme a “Play in a Week.” This was successful in encouraging young people to perform, devise, direct and produce their own work.Inspiring young people.
Currently, she is a 6th form tutor, teacher and member of a creative and exciting Drama department. She has been coordinator of the Gifted and Talented Arts Summer School, bringing together over 70 students for a week-long intensive experience. Taken students to perform in the Shakespeare Festival, participated in a pilot scheme with Arts in Education that encourages access to the Arts for Year 9 students, and has hosted a three-day event with The Young Americans (2002-11), providing young people aged 7-19 with an opportunity to learn new performance skills. Significantly, the students who struggle to engage have been able to express themselves and build self–esteem through being part of a different and supportive experience. She actively supports Black History Day and the City wide initiative. She looks to provide opportunities for students to dance and express themselves through workshops, competitions, Navratri celebrations, sharing’s and productions.
Since 2007, she has worked as Creative Director with 2-b Productions on Mix it! a ‘show in a week’ aimed at young people aged 5-18 years. Mix it! builds skills through performance, working backstage, front of house and as Mixers, (Young people who acts as mentors to the younger members. In 2015 Mix it! took a change in direction to become Mix it! Arts Academy and looks to branch out its services and experiences. Lorrine has taught Contemporary Dance and Drama for 2-b Productions and 2-B Performers, choreographing dance pieces for them such as “ssshhh!” (2012) which was performed at the Melton Day of Dance, “Hidden” (2013), performed at 2-b’s annual show – Curtain Up! and The Dream – 2014.
She has also taught as a freelancer for ‘Moving Together’, and their various Over 55 classes across Leicester. Lorrine has always worked with a range of young people, abilities, cultures and backgrounds. This has seen her plan and deliver the, ‘Love Letters to Leicester’ project in Highfields in 2014, the, ‘Miles from Home’, theatre project at the Y Theatre working with a mixture of vulnerable young people, 2017 and she will be undertaking the, ‘Dear Sue…’, theatre project as an homage to Sue Townsend in 2018.Qualification, training and experience.
Lorrine gained a Diploma in Dance Theatre at The Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, London, in 1989 and a First Class Dance BA (Hons) at De Montfort University, Leicester, in 2012.
Drama and Dance Teacher Youth Theatre Leader Examiner for GCSE Drama