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About the director

After graduating from RADA’s three-year acting course, Joan appeared in many television programmes including Casualty, The Bill, Jonathan Creek, London’s Burning and Eastenders. Her theatre credits include Educating Rita, Golden Girls, Don Juan Comes Back from the War and The Party’s Over.

Alongside her acting Joan began establishing herself as a teacher and freelance director. She returned to RADA as the Education and Outreach Manager in 2009, a role which she continued to hold until 2014, when she took up her current position of Foundation Course Director. The last play that Joan directed at RADA was debbie tucker green’s one-woman play random, starring Ronke Adekoluejo.

Courses at RADA


Drama on the Dance Floor

Costume drama meets Strictly Come Dancing in a fun course for those who just love to dance! How dramatic could your dance be? How slick can you make your moves?..

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Ages and Stages of English Drama

Experience a practical and refreshing take on fives stages of English drama. Ten specialist faculty teachers lead a series of dynamic skills workshops over five days...

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A Taste of RADA (stage 1)

An opportunity to experience the work that we do on our acting courses at the Academy, including: voice, movement, improvisation...

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