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Cheryl Stapleton (née Parmenter)
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’Are 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 then deepened her knowledge and further honed her performance skills in comedy, masks and physical theatre through training at École Philippe Gauliér. Cheryl has also trained in Commedia with Antonio Fava, Michael Chase and Olly Crick. Working with her own performance company, Kabosh, in the mid-90’s, Cheryl developed Commedia dell’Arte street theatre shows that played festivals in London, Edinburgh, France and Ireland.

“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 now with traditional-style Renaissance masks, I can teach you how to develop physical expression, complicité and comic timing.”

Cheryl qualified as a teacher in 2005 and then, for six years, delivered Commedia dell’ Arte as a core strand on a BTEC L3 Performing Arts course, as well as teaching A Level Theatre Studies and 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.


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._MG_9539_web