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Cheryl Stapleton
Artistic Director

Cheryl founded Learning Through Theatre in 2013 and has since delivered educational workshops nationwide as well as providing one to one training and professional development courses. Cheryl has been working with Commedia dell’Arte for over 20 years as a performer, director and teacher. She has taught and performed internationally and has been directing theatre productions and tours for ten years.

Cheryl’s passion for Commedia dell’Arte was ignited at university when she spent several summers studying in France with John Rudlin. She went on to train in physical performance with leading experts including Philippe Gaulier, Marcello Magni, Antonio Fava and mask-maker and director Michael Chase. Working with her own performance company, Kabosh, in the mid-90’s, Cheryl devised Commedia dell’Arte shows touring festivals in London, Edinburgh, France and Ireland. During her professional freelance career, Cheryl has performed in the USA, Canada, France, Finland, Greece, Egypt, Ireland and throughout the UK.

“As a child I loved watching Harold Lloyd and the slapstick of Laurel and Hardy. I longed to be able to crack jokes and make people laugh myself, but the words, ‘you either have it or you don’t’ echoed in my ears. It was not until much later that I found that comedy was something you could learn. Working with traditional-style Renaissance masks provided the foundation I needed to learn the techniques of comedy.”

Cheryl qualified as a teacher in London in 2005 where she taught in secondary schools and then, for six years, Cheryl delivered commedia dell’arte as a core strand on a BTEC L3 Performing Arts course alongside teaching AQA A Level Theatre Studies and BTEC L3 Production Arts. Her graduates have gone on to train at prominent drama schools such as Italia Conti, ALRA, ArtsEd, East 15, LIPA, Central School of Speech and Drama and LAMDA.

Cheryl is much in demand as a physical theatre and commedia dell’arte expert and has taught at Circomedia, RADA, University College London, University for the Creative Arts, University of Gloucester and at schools and colleges throughout the UK.

Learning Through Theatre employs Commedia dell’Arte trained actors and workshop leaders as required for specific projects. We are currently not recruiting.

Learning Through Theatre is fully insured and all employees have current enhanced DBS clearance.

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