About the instructors:
Natalie is an actress and dancer from the UK. She has been found performing on stages Internationally, both within theatres and in the Open-air, you can also spot her in UK Commercials and on TV. Aside from the performing, she has been writing and facilitating workshops for all ages of children from 2-21 for the past 20 years in the UK, Channel Islands, France and Monaco. She moved to the Netherlands 3 years ago with her young family and her Dutch husband, Frank and their 3rd baby ‘VosFox Theatre’.
VosFox combines the expertise of Frank and Natalie’s theatrical background and they produce work here in the Netherlands in both English and Dutch. This work includes, theatrical shows, Santa’s Grottos and character appearances, Adult murder mysteries and character lead children’s parties.
When not performing, Natalie runs a dance school in Alkmaar through the name MyCharleston – NL, teaching the quirky and comical vintage dance, The Charleston.
Natalie is delighted to be joining the European School in Bergen and is looking forward to meeting the students and having a creative year together.
Frank is a Dutch actor who trained in London, and spent the best part of two decades honing his craft in the UK on stage and in front of the camera before moving back to the Netherlands a few years ago. He has worked on a wide variety of productions ranging from Shakespeare to children’s theatre, and from modern drama to improvised comedy. Next to straight drama, he also taken part in murder mystery events, Santa’s Grottos, and worked as a children’s party entertainer. Frank has had extensive training with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat (BADC) and has used his fighting skills in many different productions. With VosFox Theatre, Frank is excited to deliver bespoke theatrical experiences to young and old in English as well as Dutch. Having also trained as an interpreter since moving back to the Netherlands, bridging the divide between cultures and language is very dear to his heart.
Frank will be taking on more of a supporting role within this course but is excited at the prospect of visiting periodically and offering aspects of his own knowledge and watching the groups grow along the way.
About Drama club:
Throughout the course we endeavor to build the student’s confidence as we work towards a final showing at the end of the year. Therefore, our 1st Trimester will include fun acting and dance skills while we get to know each other, our strengths and where we are all most comfortable within a performance space. From there we will ascertain what sort of performers we all are and going forward to the 2nd trimester, we will start to exercise more character study and how to navigate the stage. As we approach the end of the 2nd trimester we will have a show decided upon. The children will express desire for what roles they would like to choose (whether this be a devised or scripted piece) and going forward to the 3rd trimester, we will rehearse the show ready for the final performance at the end of the year. This will very much be lead by the students and they will be heavily involved with the creative process.