Theatre Arts Teacher & Director of Productions
Qualified Gr. 6-12 Drama + IB Theatre Teacher. I have produced a wide variety of productions with my students annually; these include classical and contemporary plays to murder mystery dinner theatre, children’s theatre, a ‘short short play fest’ and an online digital media and drama play fest, which you can see here: Sparks of Creativity (inspired by Covid-19 lockdown in Saudi Arabia). The program I have developed, after years of careful consideration, scaffolds student learning from the basics of drama through the key strands of drama and theatre production to independent playmaking.
Currently also teaching Digital Arts 7 (aka Digital Media/Tech) with a focus on skills for entrepreneurs and social media communication.
Mindfulness/Self Compassion Teacher (I teach the 8-wk MSC course and workshops/short courses in MSC)
My training was by:
1. Founders of MSC, Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Chris Germer of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (2018 intensive in Elspeet, Netherlands)
2. Zen meditation teacher Hamid Ebadi of Maitri Retreats (2018 at the Karuna Center in Monchique, Algarve, Portugal)
3. Founder Dr. Chris Germer and senior Mindful Self-Compassion trainers Dr. Steve Hickman, Michelle Becker, and Regula Saner (2020 at 1440 Multiversity in Scotts Valley, California, USA).
Compassion and Social Justice Advocate
I train students and staff in my school and district of schools as well as at the regional level in the Middle East. I delivered Mindful Self-Compassion training at the global Compassion Summit in Amman, Jordan to students from 20 schools of different countries, and this year was chosen to teach an institute on ‘Podcasting to Make a Point: Responsible Social Media Activism’ at the same event in Manama, Bahrain in March 2020.
Other Specialties: English Literature and Language, Personal and Social Education (PSE/PSHE), MYP Community & Service, Innovation and Leadership (Qatar Academy and ISG).
Education – B.Ed. Secondary Drama and English (University of Alberta, Canada); PGDip. Creative Writing (Humber College, Ontario, Canada); M.Mgmt. Arts and Cultural Management (University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia). Post-graduate courses of a M.Sc. in IT/Education (SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA). And then there is life. Currently studying Psychotherapy and Counselling with Athabasca University, AB, Canada.
Specialisms: Individual and group counselling (drama therapy and person-centered counseling); crisis intervention; suicide prevention/awareness/education; theatre/music/festival production and arts and cultural management incl. marketing; creative writing and literacy; service learning; business, innovation, ethics, and leadership; tech for learning and digital/visual literacy.
Celebrating – 30 years of teaching, educational leadership, counseling/coaching and business management.
Other – Songwriter. Traveller. Writer. Coffee lover. I own a globally mobile boutique record label and publishing company, am a published poet, have been in an award-winning British film about English teachers living in the Middle East, and signed a major label distribution deal with one of the largest corporations in India (Bajaj International). I produced the world’s largest known community coffee festival (34 cafes and 1 trader’s hub) in South Manchester, UK in 2013 with a team of 22 volunteers including 13 professional marketers.
The essence of my work, which appears to confuse some is this: I am a compassionate creative. The work I do all points to creating a better quality of life for all, I hope. That is the goal.
Previously lived and worked – Edmonton, Canada; Taif, Saudi Arabia; Doha, Qatar; and Manchester, UK in that order before moving back to Saudi Arabia in 2015.
Presently live and work – Jubail, Saudi Arabia, proudly with the International School Group (ISG Jubail).
Service Activities (Currently): Member of the Compassionate Action SIT (school improvement team) and lead the student Compassionate Action ‘Compassion Club’. Co-led a group of MS students on a Dubai arts and cultural trip in January 2020 for ‘Week Without Walls’. Leader of teacher and student Mindful Self-Compassion programs including summer school at ISG.
Service Leadership (Previously):
1. Peer counselling and social work – Canada
2. Service experience leadership (1) Cambodia – renovation of a school in the jungle with a team of students and teachers (2) Taif and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – cultural exploration
3. Suicide prevention and outreach volunteer and leader – Manchester and Salford Samaritans, UK.
Passionate about – people and the human condition; psychology; the arts; literature; innovation, systems thinking, and creativity.
Favourite quote – “From out of chaos emerges order.” (Chaos Theory)
My other site provides an overview of my other creative and counseling/coaching activities: loreleiloveridge.com