Theatre Arts Teacher & Director of Productions
Qualified Gr. 6-12 Drama + IB Theatre Teacher with a particular interest in popular (social issue) theatre and playmaking.
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.
This year, we are back to directing and producing shows on campus. Currently, my after school drama club is working on a play about a restaurant serving up existential wishes…instead of food. In the spring, we will hold our annual play fest and Academy Awards.
Currently also teach Digital Arts 7 (Media / Design) with a focus on skills for entrepreneurs, content creation, digital ethics 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:
• Founders of MSC, Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Chris Germer of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (2018 intensive in Elspeet, Netherlands)
• Zen meditation teacher Hamid Ebadi of Maitri Retreats (2018 at the Karuna Center in Monchique, Algarve, Portugal)
• 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).
I teach Mindful Self-Compassion methods, and train students and staff in my school and district of schools as well as at the regional level in the Middle East.
I have delivered Mindful Self-Compassion training at the global Compassion Summit in Amman, Jordan to students from 20 schools of different countries.
I will be offering an MSC Course for professionals in 2022.
Compassion Leader – Peer Support – Counselling
As a former social worker / crisis worker / university peer support agency administrator / career and job placement advisor / suicide prevention and distress line volunteer as well as outreach deputy for Samaritans in the UK…my passion is mental health work for multiple age groups. I am currently undertaking psychotherapy studies with a Canadian university.
In my teaching capacity, I presently manage the Peer Support activities including a one-to-one listening program at our school, as well as multiple other projects and student-led service leadership activities that I coordinate with our CAS Coordinator and Counselor.
I also run the Compassion Summit Leadership Team and Compassion Club, which is embracing the theme of Peer Support this year at ISGJ.
At the global Compassion Summit this year, I will be looking at compassion-related issues for educators, the frontline workers for students.
Social Justice – Activism Using Media Responsibly (Podcasting)
I teach students to utilize technology to advocate for important issues (based on UN Sustainable Development Goals) and to spread compassion.
Last year, I ran a popular institute at the global Compassion Summit on ‘Podcasting to Make a Point: Responsible Social Media Activism’ at the same event in Manama, Bahrain in March 2020.
English Literature and Language, Personal and Social Education (PSE/PSHE/Counseling), MYP Community & Service, Innovation and Leadership (Qatar Academy and ISG).
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.
• 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
• Life and business coaching
31 years of teaching, counseling/coaching, leadership and business management.
Other: Creative Business
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:
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).
Previous WWW Leadership:
• Cambodia, 2012 – Service Learning
• Taif / Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2015 – Culture
• Dubai, UAE – Arts and Culture
People and the human condition; psychology; the arts; literature; innovation, systems thinking, and creativity.
“From out of chaos emerges order.” (Chaos Theory)
My other site provides an overview of my other creative and counseling/coaching activities: loreleiloveridge.com