Wath Academy’s Drama department has an excellent reputation as a supportive team who provide specialist technical advise and guidance equally to students who have an interest in working within the industry as well as those who study the subject for fun. The Drama team have experience of performing, and developing students to perform up to professional level with alumni students entering the acting profession. As well as having the opportunity to write, produce and star in events such as our annual Murder Mystery event, pantomimes, Movement Evening and end of year shows we also encourage students to develop their love of performing through trips to the theatre.
Meet the TEACHERS
Mr Shaun McHale - Subject Leader of Drama
Mr McHale has been teaching at Wath Academy for 16 years, where he leads the Department of Drama.
Mr McHale started acting at the age of 8 in school productions and acting workshops. He went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Drama where he studied a range of contemporary and classical playwrights alongside multiple practitioners culminating in a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream where he played Lysander in a professional theatre.
During his time at Wath Mr McHale has written and directed over 10 Christmas pantomimes in conjunction with a number of performance showcase evenings and productions. He has worked closely alongside sixth form students writing , directing and performing in the annual Murder Mystery production. He teaches the practices of Stanislavski, Brecht, Berkoff and Artaud.
Outside school Mr McHale is an active member of a local theatre company and has taken lead roles in a number of plays including sell-out productions of The 39 Steps and Brassed Off.
Miss Amy Clarke - Teacher of Drama
Miss Clarke has been teaching at Wath Academy for 2 years where she works in the Drama department.
She really started to love drama when she played Viola from Twelfth Night in Y6, a part that earned her a place in the local newspaper. From then on she found her passion for being involved with productions.
Miss Clarke studied L3 BTEC in musical theatre at college before completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Drama at Lincoln where she excelled in stage combat, Shakespeare and documentary theatre. She also took part in a production of Exit Stage Left at Edinburgh festival.
Outside of school Miss Clarke embraces her love of music through singing and playing piano. She has taken part in local music festivals such as Tramlines.