Joined Aug 21 2012
I have an acting diploma from Central School of Speech and Drama, London, and a specialist teaching diploma in speech and drama from Guildhall. After a spell in live theatre and private teaching, I began running a drama group in Parkhurst prison on the Isle of Wight. This led to receiving a large grant from TVS Trust to set up a registered charity and limited company providing therapeutic arts where no facilities existed. The charity has just celebrated its 25th year. Details on www.independentarts.co.uk Writing has always been my second craft and my published work includes articles and short stories. I was converted from Judaism as a student and despite broken marriages and the death of three children, my faith remains central to my life. I now live in Haslemere and, among other things, have the honourary position of Chairman of Operations for Opera South, where I enjoy organising teaching performances for children. We have commissioned a children's opera for 2013. The world premier will take place during the Haslemere Festival in May.