Annie was trained at Brunel University, gaining a BA Hons degree in drama and music, specialising in voice and physical theatre.
She worked on cruise ships as a lead singer for five years and then re-trained at Drama Studio London, gaining an NCDT post-graduate qualification.
Annie worked as a professional singer and actress for 10 years before having her children and returning to Southampton. Here she gained a job at the NSPCC working with theatre to help vulnerable children, and set up a series of workshops and courses that considered theatre and wellbeing – working with the NSPCC, Sure Start MRM and Southampton City Council. Annie pioneered a series of workshops entitled “Stand Tall” which explored the physical theatre world of LeCoq, Laban and Boal to enable participants to explore alternative ways of physically, and therefore mentally, being.
Annie worked for the NSPCC directing and writing several community projects and then developed her writing further at the Nuffield Theatre’s writing group with John Burgess.
Now Annie’s main interests are in voice, singing and musical theatre, and directing. She teaches on both the BA (Hons) Performing Arts and BA (Hons) Popular Music degrees at Solent, as well as teaching musical theatre at Portsmouth University and speech to song at the University of Winchester.
Annie’s directing credits include: Follies, Rent and Cabaret at Solent University, and The Lion King, Cats, Oliver, Honk, Beauty and The Beast and Fiddler on the Roof at primary, secondary and FE level.
Her main focus is teaching Estill Voice Craft technique and she has been trained by Vocal Process' Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher.
Annie loves her work at Solent and is always looking for new challenges and adventures: ”I love working with students and allowing people to find their own form of expressive vocal and physical communication.”