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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 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.

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.”

Emma Hold

Performing Arts Teacher

Emma was born in the UK and began her drama journey over 10 years ago when she moved to Qatar with her family. Inspired by her tutors she took the plunge into the “world of Acting.”

She has been performing since 2010 and trained 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 has been teaching professionally for 5 years and is well versed in the LAMDA syllabus with her students achieving great results. Emma’s training and professional teaching covers acting, directing, dramaturgy and musical theatre. Her training is Stanislavski based but she also has a keen interest in psycho-physical theatre.

Emma is wishes to inspire others as she has been inspired. Her key ingredients are hard work, determination and FUN! Her drama classes are filled with excitement, creativity and laughter. Bringing out the best in the individual!

Zoe Leone Gappy

Performing Arts Teacher

Zoe Leone Gappy hails from the UK and has over 18 years of performing experience.

She has been dancing and performing since she was a child and began her performing arts journey in her mum’s performing arts school in Middlesbrough UK.

Zoe won the Miss Dance of Great Britain in 2005, and at the age of 16 she was awarded a full Musical Theatre scholarship at the London Studio Centre. By the age of 17 she had landed her first professional role as young Nancy in the West End original cast of Sinatra at the London Palladium.

Zoe went on to perform in many more shows and tours as a vocalist and dancer across Singapore, Hong Kong and Germany. Her credits include opening vocalist for Kylie Minogue and dancing in the opening act for Christina Aguilera in Hong Kong as well as performing in Chicago in Germany.

Zoe has been teaching for over 10 years and has a wealth of performing & teaching experience across different Dance Disciplines, Musical Theatre, Singing and Acting and has taught children of all ages in Germany, UK and Dubai and has further prepared students for LAMDA Musical Theatre exams.

Zoe has a love for fitness and is further a yoga instructor and personal trainer.

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