Emma Naylor
BA (Hons), PGCE
Head of Drama & Director of Theatre

Emma trained at The University of Salford International and achieved a First Class honours degree in Performing Arts. She began her career as a professional singer before moving into teaching. Emma has 20 years' experience as a Drama teacher and 10 of those as Head of Drama. She is also Theatre Director at Ampleforth, directing whole-school plays, from Shakespeare to Contemporary work.

  • Rosemary Clough
    BA (Hons), PGCE
    Teacher of Drama

    Rosemary read Drama and Performance Studies at Aberystwyth University and after two interim years of running workshops with a Youth Theatre decided to complete her PGCE. During her first year of teaching she had gained experience in both the grammar and state school sectors and quickly rose to take on a lead role as Head of Department. Subsequently Rosemary spent three years at an International School in the Czech Republic, resourcing a new Drama department and introducing IGCSE to the curriculum. She joined Ampleforth in 2016 and is already highly involved in the theatrical activities on offer at the college.

  • Laura Walsh
    BA (Hons), RAD RTS, LRAD, AIDTA
    Teacher of Dance & Creative Director of AYT

    Laura trained at the Royal Academy of Dance in London achieving a first class honours degree in Ballet Education. She also achieved her Licentiate from the Royal Academy of Dance and is an associate teaching member of the International Dance Teachers Association. Laura completed her ballet examinations up to the advanced level and danced professionally before beginning her teaching career. At Ampleforth, Laura teaches a variety of dance styles and prepares students for examinations and performances. Laura also runs Ampleforth Youth Theatre, a Performing Arts school for the community on Saturday mornings.

  • Marie Gair
    BA, Grad Dip, PGCE
    Teacher of Speech and Drama

    Marie has 17 years of experience of teaching Drama both in schools and within the community. She also works as artistic director at a nearby theatre. Currently, Marie offers tutoring both in acting and public speaking examinations accredited through the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

  • Michael Ramsden
    MPhys
    Theatre Manager

    During his Physics degree at Oxford, Michael was an active part of the Oxford University Theatre Technician Society, serving as president for one year, and worked on over 40 student productions including 4 years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and as a technician at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. Prior to coming to Ampleforth in 2011, Michael was Theatre Technician and then Theatre Manager at Rugby School. Michael is a member of the Association of British Theatre Technicians and the School Theatre Support Group. He is also a keen baker and Scout leader.