International Theatre and Opera Director and Performance Coach
Caroline has twenty five years experience as a professional actor, theatre and opera director, performance coach and lecturer. She has performed in the West End, on film and TV alongside Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jim Broadbent, Robert Powell and has been invited to debate in the House of Lords. She has created specialist galas with the Halle with Dame Janet Baker and Dame Kiri te Kanawa.
In 1994 she founded the award winning Feelgood Theatre Productions which has pioneered site specific theatre and cultural partnerships in the UK and Africa. Their current production Slave – A Question of Freedom premiered at The Lowry and won the Pete Postlethwaite Award for Best New Play which transferred to Riverside Studios, London, performed in the House of Lords and will shortly be seen in USA and at the UN.Caroline was also named best director in the NW Theatre review 2010.
Caroline has worked with Welsh National Opera, English NationalAdd Opera, Bregenz Festival, Austria, Teatro Massimo, Sicily, and presently with Opera North. She is currently lecturing at the Royal Northern College of Music in the renowned Opera Department where she coaches singers in performance technique.
Caroline first came to The University of Manchester when she was awarded the John Thaw Fellowship in 2007 and for the next two years lectured in the Drama Department where she is currently undertaking a PhD. In the same year she was awarded the prestigious Horniman Award for “Outstanding Contribution to theatre” and was named Lancashire Women of the Year.
Caroline was also commended with a Civic Reception for her community theatre work and in creating major events for Manchester including directing the live Millennium Eve celebrations with the BBC which was seen around the world.
Caroline is an advocate of performance training and is a reviewer for the NCDT and director of Youth Perform (Outreach Department, RNCM) which engages young people (13 – 21) through the arts. Through a unique two tier mentor programme it encourages participants to realise and fulfil their potential through greater communication skills.
Using her specialist knowledge she has transferred these skills to the business sector and with her company Performance Matters she coaches business professionals in presentation techniques and creative thinking to achieve goals.
As a consummate communicator at the heart of all Caroline’s work is ‘story telling’ whether in the form of an academic lecture, a press interview, a TV performance or a business presentation. She employs successful, practical, accessible techniques that enable even the most nervous to enjoy presenting.