Lead Facilitator and Design & Evaluation Lead
Ellen is an Applied Theatre and Creative ESOL practitioner who delivers drama workshops for arts organisations and charities across London. She has worked extensively with young refugees and asylum seekers, EAL students, and children in the care system, and is passionate about using arts and languages to support young people from all backgrounds to develop their confidence, wellbeing, and self-expression through creative learning. She has delivered participatory arts projects in a wide range of settings, from schools and theatres, to an NHS hospital ward and a children’s home. She has an MA in Applied Theatre and a BA (Hons) in Spanish, and she has facilitated bilingual arts and education projects in the UK, USA, and Chile.
She currently runs a drama project for EAL students and a creative communication project for neurodiverse gaming students with Attic Theatre Company, and delivers healthy relationships and domestic abuse workshops for young people and adults with Tender Arts & Education. Ellen spent four years working as a practitioner on Minding the Gap, a drama project for newly arrived young people, at the Kiln Theatre. She was previously a Senior Widening Participation Officer at King’s College London, working to ensure that students from underrepresented backgrounds, such as forced migrants and care-experienced young people, can progress to university.
Ellen is Springboard’s Lead Facilitator and our Design & Evaluation Lead. In this role, she designs illustrated ESOL workbooks for each curriculum arc and creates bespoke evaluation resources. As a member of the Curriculum Team, she co-edits the Saturday curriculum and co-designs the summer and half-term programmes. Ellen loves the space that Springboard creates for young people to thrive, and the creativity, humour, and determination they bring to the programmes.