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Drama teaches children about perspectives, it shows them how to have empathy, and helps them build the vital skills of confidence, communication, concentration and cooperation.

Team DRAMA SCENE

Team DRAMA SCENE is made up of passionate individuals who are well versed in the drama skill set. Our small team of facilitators are industry professionals from around the globe, many of whom are performers themselves.

In short we are passionate about performance and sharing our knowledge with others.

Ferne Reynolds Lategan

Founder & Creative Director

DRAMA SCENE was founded by Ferne Reynolds Lategan in 2008. Ferne is a qualified speech and drama professional and holds an Honors Degree in BA Dramatic Art.

Having lived in Dubai since 2003, Ferne decided to return to her first love, drama and founded DRAMA SCENE with around 30 students. Under her vision and guidance the school has grown into the largest skill based performing arts school the region as well as the largest private LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) Exam centre in the Middle East. Ferne believes in combining technique with creativity in order to offer drama as more than just a past time but a life long skill set. Under her guidance, many of her teen students have been accepted into top drama courses within international universities and drama schools across the UK, US and Canada in an effort to pursue careers in performance.

Aside from teaching and managing DRAMA SCENE across the ME, Ferne adjudicates interschool debating, performing and public speaking events in and around Dubai and produces and delivers corporate workshops. She is further passionate about directing and in 2012 co-directed Love, Loss and What I Wore written by Nora Ephron. Ferne herself is no stranger to performing. Whether on stage, in front of a camera or co hosting the awards ceremony for The Dubai International Film Festival Ferne is at home in front of an audience. Her experience covers numerous stage productions, soap operas and cameos in international films.

Karen Clayton

Assistant Head Teacher

Karen was born in the United Kingdom and grew up on the Wirral peninsula.

Karen began her training at The Eliot School of Dance and continued at The Academy Drama School in London and has been performing internationally for over 20 years.

Her acting credits include: Baloo in The Jungle Book (Colour House Theatre) in London, Miss Roberts in Jeffrey Archer’s Prison Diary (Smirnoff Underbelly) at the Edinburgh Festival, Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music (First Group Theatre), Old Sally in Oliver! (The First Group Theatre) both in Dubai, Smack The Pony and Green Wing (Channel 4, UK).

Karen has over 20 years international teaching experience involving drama, voice and movement both within the UK nursery curriculum and her self-devised workshops for older children. Karen enjoyed working with Actorshop using Forum Theatre training within the corporate and educational worlds in the UK and has directed both the Impact Youth productions of The Twelve Days of Christmas (2009) and Roald Dahl’s Cinderella (2013) in Dubai.

Karen was a member of the DRAMA SCENE team in Dubai for five years teaching all ages before moving to Hong Kong where she taught at CentreStage Studios HK whilst completing the LAMDA diploma in Communication, Speech and Drama Education (LSDE).

Karen is excited to be back with DRAMA SCENE, as part of the leadership team and teaching classes.

Emma Hold

Performing Arts Teacher

Emma was schooled in Qatar and there she found her love for Drama. She has been performing since 2010 and completed her training in the UK at a performing arts college and furthered her studies at Manchester Metropolitan University receiving a First-Class Honors degree in Drama.

Emma’s actor training covered Acting, Directing and Dramaturgy. Her training mainly surrounded the practitioner Stanislavski based but she also has a keen interest in Psycho-physical Theatre, where she received training from Animikii Theatre.

Emma is also trained in Musical Theatre and has been vocally trained from a young age. Last year she received training from West End stars and performed on The Phantom of the Opera stage in London’s West End.

Emma began teaching at her school in Doha, she ran a Drama after school club for children in KGS 2 and 3. On returning to the UK Emma taught at youth centers supplying them with Acting and Musical Theatre workshops. During the Summer months Emma taught at Camps in the UK conducting lessons in Drama, Musical Theatre and Singing. During her time at University she ran a Theatre Society directing and performing in 6 productions from Devising to Shakespearian.

Emma has worked both on and off stage as well as a few Television advertisements. She has a keen interest in exploring and discovering herself through Drama and particularly enjoys the engagement the children have with the subject and seeing how they develop from it.

Hannah Anderson

Performing Arts Teacher

Hannah grew up in the Southwest of England where she gained level 7 in ballet and modern dance, as well as joined local drama schools from a young age performing regularly in festivals, shows and theatres.

After studying drama and dance at school, Hannah went on to specialise in Drama and Education Studies at university in Plymouth where she developed her experiences in acting, directing, dance, choreography, improvisation and theatre studies. She then went on to qualify as a primary school teacher from Bath Spa University.

Whilst teaching at local primary schools in Wiltshire, Hannah took the lead role in directing and managing the yearly key stage and whole school productions as well as working with several local secondary schools to arrange for their performing arts students to deliver workshops in drama, dance and music for the primary children across the school. She also ran after school drama, dance and singing clubs, which regularly involved the children entering into regional showcases and local performances.

Hannah has been a primary teacher in Dubai for 3 years now and is delighted to be part of the Drama Scene team!

Karen Martin

Performing Arts Teacher

Karen Martin trained at Bretton Hall, she is a character Actress, Puppeteer and Drama Teacher.

Karen has a wealth of experience in theatre and has taught Drama, Public Speaking & Puppetry in schools, universities and drama centres both in the UK & internationally. Karen further has coached and prepared students for annual LAMDA examinations across two exam seasons for DRAMA SCENE.

Karen is incredibly experienced and well versed in, voice over, commercial and screen acting. Most recently touring with MEI/ BBC Worldwide’s Sarah & Duck, before writing and performing a one woman show at the Hen & Chickens Theatre in London.

In 2017 Karen could be heard in cinema’s across the UK as a voice in Ethel & Ernest the animation film by Lupus Films/ BBC and Universal Studios & playing on BBC last Christmas.

In theatre she has performed in various Number 1 tours for Fiery Angel, BBC Worldwide MEI, & Minor Entertainment, including In the Night Garden Live, Cbeebies at the Theatre and the BBC Worldwide Xmas Arena shows. Her commercial experience includes John Lewis, Argos and Nickelodeon and Pure Gym. Karen has provided character voices for three series of Channel 5’s Mist:Sheep Dog tales and appeared as a Skullion in The Sarah Jane adventures for CBBC.

Prior to her return to DRAMA SCENE she has been teaching and creating Puppetry & Drama Workshops in Thailand & Vietnam.

Sarah-Jane Savage

Performing Arts Teacher

“Sarah-Jane is an Actress and Musical Theatre performer from Scotland. She trained at New College Lanarkshire where she obtained her BA (hons) in Musical Theatre and Level 1 & 2 in the prestigious Estill Vocal Training.

Sarah-Jane has been teaching and performing in the UAE for the past 7 years where she has worked on award-winning Short Films, TV Commercials, Stage Shows, Improvised Theatre and Mini Musicals.

Her credits include; Sandra (Soap & Glory, 2020) Little Red (Little Red Riding Hood, 2019) Princess Anna (Frozen @ Dubaice, 2017/18) Nancy/Geralyn, Love, Loss and What I Wore, 2016) Newton/Presenter (Dexter’s Laboratory, 2015) Narrator (Into The Woods, 2014) Miss Sandra (All Shook Up, 2013) Julie Johnson (Bad Girls, 2012)

Sarah-Jane is no stranger to DRAMA SCENE has been teaching Acting & Musical Theatre classes working towards LAMDA examinations since 2017. SJ is excited to be making her return to DRAMA SCENE after working on children’s stage shows in the region. She can’t wait to see some familiar faces and help students reach their full potential.”

Ben Upson

Performing Arts Teacher

After graduating from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in 2005, Ben trod the boards as an actor living in London and gained experience working in television, theatre and film. His career brought him to Dubai in 2010 where he continued to work in the entertainment industry as a performer, host, singer and voiceover. Ben has worked extensively in licensed properties helping produce live shows for properties belonging to Warner Brothers, Hasbro, Sony Pictures, Cartoon Network and more. In 2018 Ben was head of production for three live shows at the billion-dollar Warner Brothers World Theme Park in Abu Dhabi for which he and his team won multiple awards.

Ben is no stranger to DRAMA SCENE and from 2015-2017 taught numerous performing arts classes to children of all ages, preparing DRAMA SCENE students for annual LAMDA examinations and running our popular Summer Workshops.

As a voiceover, Ben has voiced commercials for a number of top brands including Pepsi, Mastercard, Nissan, Toyota, Honda, Porsche (car companies seem to like him) and many more. He was the chosen voice for Dubai’s Expo 2020 campaign and recently completed work on the computer game ‘Conquerors Blade’. In 2020 he opened his company Mr. Ben’s Voice Box, a studio specializing in dubbing foreign language films into English.

Ben has a contagious energy and passion for teaching and is excited to be part of the DRAMA SCENE Team once again.

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