BA MA PhD LLCM PGCE PGDip
Chris trained at the universities of Manchester and Oxford, winning, as an undergraduate, The John Osborne Award, and qualifying as a teacher of English and Drama. 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 the British Voice Association, 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 & Drama teacher, Chris especially enjoys teaching a wide range of pupils, from absolute beginners (children and adults), to professional performers and teachers, as well as coaching business and corporate clients to develop their communication and 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 Royal Central School of Speech & Drama (CSSD), the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD) and 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. At LAMDA he has run a series of popular summer courses, workshops and teacher seminars on speech, drama and devising. 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, a qualified teacher of English and Drama, had been 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 (Shakespeare paper). He also sat on the AQA Ouestion Paper Evaluation Committee for 'A' level English Language and Literature, scrutinising and amending draft questions. Now, as a private tutor, he offers tuition for GCSE and 'A' Level English Language, English Literature and Drama & Theatre. He has extensive, insightful and successful experience of Oxbridge entrance coaching and can advise on all aspects of university applications, such as choosing the right university/course for you, drafting a compelling personal statement or refining your interview technique.
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, poet and creative practitioner. 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.