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 Judith Friend



B. A. (Hons.), B. Ed., M. A.
Directs Branksome's major theatre productions
Instructural Leader, Performing Arts


"Drama is a collaborative art. Creative success is very much dependent upon the collective contributions of every individual team member, who has a valuable and distinct role to play."
I first came to Branksome Hall as an exchange student from Sherborne School for Girls, in Dorset, England! I'm happy to say that Branksome still has an active exchange program with Sherborne.
 
As a student I was always fascinated by the art of language and the evocative power of words.  I also loved to read, to write, to create drama and to participate in every aspect of the theatre process.  Initially, I became a teacher because I wanted to share my passion for creative learning with my students and to inspire them to learn about themselves and others through drama and the theatre process.
 
Teaching at Branksome is an invigorating experience because of the vibrant community of eager, creative learners and the highly dedicated teachers. 
 
As a teacher I never stop learning because every day I learn something new from my students.
All the world really is a stage, and in our drama classroom, students have the opportunity to develop creative, social and personal skills that are transferable to everyday life in a global society.
 
One of my favourite quotations:  “The essence of drama is not what you do, or what I do, but rather what happens between us.”  This speaks about the wonderfully collaborative art of creating a production, where we value the contribution of every cast and crew member, whatever their role.
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