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Chris trained at the universities of Manchester and Oxford, winning, as an undergraduate, The John Osborne Award, and qualifying as a teacher of English, 11-18 years. Subsequently, he obtained a specialist diploma in Speech & Drama from the London College of Music (LLCM) before completing a PhD in educational research at Lancaster University.
A member of Equity and the Society of Teachers of Speech & Drama, he is also a Life Member of the Oxford Union, the eminent university debating society. He's been a working professional with radio, television and theatre experience; credits include 'Born & Bred' (BBC One), Granada Reports (ITV), BBC Radio Lancashire, BBC Radio Merseyside and The Sound of Music (UK theatre tour). As a speech and drama teacher Chris enjoys teaching a wide range of pupils, from absolute beginners (children and adults), to professional performers and teachers, as well as coaching business clients to develop their communication/presentation skills.
Chris is an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals and has extensive experience as a speech and drama examiner for the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA), travelling nationally and internationally to assess communication and performance skills. He co-authored 'Speaking Matters'
, a practical textbook for developing dynamic communication skills, published by LAMDA in 2010. While there he ran a series of popular summer courses, workshops and teacher seminars on speech, drama and devising. He is now an examiner for Trinity College London and enjoys examining drama and speech, both in-person and also digitally. Currently, he sits on the Awarding Organisations Committee of the Council for Dance, Drama & Musical Theatre (CDMT), the UK's quality assurance body for performing arts. In 2021 he was elected to the Council of the Society of Teachers of Speech & Drama. Chris holds an enhanced DBS check and is fully insured.
Before embarking on a freelance career, Chris was a Head of Department in both state and independent schools, a GCSE English/English Literature Examiner and a Senior Examiner/Moderator for A level English Literature. He has extensive, insightful experience of tutoring at these levels and achieves outstanding results, with most students exceeding their target grades/levels. Drawing on his expertise in performance and speech, Chris coached debating teams to national success in several competitions, one being a finalist in the Cambridge Union Schools' Debating Competition, held in the debating chamber at Cambridge University, while another was runner-up in the national final of the BPW Public Speaking Competition held at the Brighton Dome.
Nowadays, in addition to tutoring Chris advises students and parents on all aspects of university applications, such as choosing the right university/course, drafting a compelling personal statement, refining interview technique and conducting mock interviews. Chris also offers specialist support for Oxbridge applicants whom he tutors for the English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT) paper and the History Aptitude Test (HAT). He is also an Associate Lecturer at Lancaster University where he teaches on the MA course in Education & Social Justice.
Chris is married to Alison, a dance adjudicator, examiner and teacher (see www.edudance.co.uk
) and has a son, Alex, a London-based actor and poet. As dog lovers, the Marlow household is home to Kipp, a three-legged Lurcher from Romania (via Animal Care, Lancaster) and Dolly, a black Labrador Retriever.
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