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Joy Richardson

Programme Director

Joy Richardson graduated from Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and has been an actor for many years. She has performed in theatre, film and television including productions for The National Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre, and several productions in the West End.

During the Opening Season of Shakespeare’s Globe she played the role of Paulina in The Winter’s Tale and more recently was in the all female production of Much Ado About Nothing.

Joy’s work in the field of education is extensive. She has run a host of Drama workshops for the Shakespeare’s Globe Education Centre, and The Royal National Theatre.

In partnership with a psychologist, Joy has co-run workshops for The Medical Foundation for Victims of Torture, giving support to 9-17 year olds on the verge of exclusion from school. Drama and improvisation were used to explore issues such as status, loss and trust.

Since 2000 Joy has delivered diversity training in the public sector including The Probation Service, The GMB Union and The Crown Prosecution Service.

Joy is member of The Voice Care Network: a national group of voice teachers and speech and language therapists dedicated to helping thousands of teachers and students to use their voices more effectively. She teaches voice and drama at the Actors Centre for professional performers.