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Susie Leppard

Limepalm Company Director and Course Leader

Susie has had a passion for theatre for as long as she can remember! She loved drama throughout her school days, studying drama GCSE and completing New Era Examinations in Drama and Speech and Acting completing all grades in both disciplines. Susie graduated from Birmingham University with a BA Hons in Drama and Theatre Arts in 1997. Since graduating Susie worked in professional theatre on numerous large-scale West End productions as well as producing her own small and mid-scale productions. She was General Manager for the Kings Head Theatre in London and General Manager for End of the Pier Productions who programmed and managed the Arts Theatre in London’s West End. Susie has also worked for two large theatrical agencies representing world class writers, composers, actors and creatives. In 2011, while on maternity leave, Susie joined the committee for the Lindfield Arts Festival and met Robin Belfield. Susie and Robin shared a passion for performing arts and were particularly interested in working with young people. In addition to working together on the 2011 and 2012 Lindfield Arts Festivals Robin and Susie went on to co-found Story Box (with Charley Harris) delivering pre-school storytelling sessions for little ones aged 6 months and up. In 2012 Susie and Robin founded Limepalm Productions.

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Holly Seymour

Course Leader

Holly has always loved acting and performing, the sense that you can escape into other worlds has always captured her imagination and creativity. Since the age of 12, Holly started to take LAMDA exams and has achieved up to gold medals standard in LAMDA in two different areas; Acting and Verse and Prose. During this time, she was also studying her ‘A levels’ in English Literature and Theatre Studies. With teaching as a chosen career, Holly graduated from Brighton University with a BA Hons in Upper Primary/Lower Secondary School teaching with English and QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). Holly continues to remain in education. She has taught a variety of different ages ranging from Reception children up to Year 9, with Drama at the heart of her classroom practice. After returning to work in 2011 from maternity leave, Holly was asked to become the SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator).

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Robin Belfield

Limepalm Company Director

Robin Belfield is a Theatre Director, Writer and Education Facilitator. He is currently Young People’s Performance Developer for The Royal Shakespeare Company, working with schools and young people across the country. As a freelance director and writer, Robin was awarded a place on the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme and since then has worked for many theatres including: The National Theatre, Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Bristol Old Vic, The Dukes Theatre (Lancaster) and The Watermill Theatre (Newbury). He has also taught at several of the UK's drama schools including Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Oxford School of Drama.

 

Course Leaders Susie Leppard and Holly Seymour both have current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks