Creative Beginnings course leader Kristy Coppendale trained as an acting coach, artistic director and practitioner at the world famous London Central School of Speech and Drama, gaining an MA in Actor Coaching and Theatre Direction.
With her energy, drive to succeed, nurturing nature, and excellent communication skills, she has worked with a range of professionals and well known artists including some of the most renowned theatre experts including Cicely Berry, Frankie Armstrong, Mel Churcher, Katya Kamotskaia, Claire Skinner and Katie Mitchell.
As a coach and director, she has worked with screen and musical theatre actors. She has also worked on ‘Zorba the Greek’ (the Cartoon de Salvo Theatre Company, Cornwall Minack Theatre), ‘Make Believe’ (Henley Kenton Theatre), ‘Thumbelina (a swallow’s tale)’ (Edinburgh Festival), ‘Madame Butterfly’ (Woking New Victoria Theatre), ‘Carmen’ (Guildford G-Live theatre) and a sell-out production of ‘Fright Night’ (London Her Majesty’s Theatre).
Kristy has taught the National Youth Theatre, the Pauline Quirke Academy, the Clerkenwell Actors Studio, the Central School of Speech and Drama and the Sussex Academy of Music, to name a few.
Kristy has worked with children and adults of all ages and abilities. Her work is informed by years of training and extensive study within the arts. She believes that:
‘Practise must be informed by theory to enable a greater understanding and awareness of the art form. Performing arts training is more than a skillset for the industry, it’s about everyday life skills – communication, self-esteem, social skills. Presence and confidence is more than just the words you use; it is developing self-awareness, essential in adapting to the moment, by working on the physicality of communication from body language to energy and all other non-verbal communication skills. Creative Beginnings is about promoting creativity in an atmosphere of love and friendship.’