Lydia Stevens has been facilitating storytelling workshops for Touch the Author for nine years now. Her repertoire of workshops includes a full range of Eric Carle’s iconic children’s books using both puppets and book artwork to bring stories to life. Her acting has allowed many children in Argentina to step into the wonderful worlds of Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake and Oliver Jeffers among others. She has also run Shakespeare for Teens and Kids workshops making challenging text accessible and engaging. In 2020 she plunged into live acting in virtual classrooms, and succeeded in creating a great connection with young audiences through the screen. In 2021 she is launching online Support Learning Programme: Visible Thinking through Stories and Art.
Lydia’s undergraduate degree was in Modern Languages (Spanish and Portuguese) at the University of Bristol. She also holds an Advanced Level University Course in Applied Theatre & Drama Therapy Certificate from Hawkwood College, University of Worcester, London, and completed her Especialización en Gestión Cultural y Políticas Culturales, UNSAM in Argentina.
She has appeared in stage productions in the UK in London and Bristol as well as other theatre experiences in Buenos Aires such as ´Usted Está Aquí´ and ‘Rrom’ at the Ciudad Cultural Konex. She has worked as Assistant Director and Stage Manager for Argentine director Fernando Ferrer, and takes on part-time arts management roles with the City’s arts festivals (FIBA and BAFICI).
Tom Harris has over 15 years of experience as an Actor and Illustrator. With Support Learning he combines both skills, captivating the audience with his characteristic energised and inspiring performances. Tom’s workshops cater to a broad range ages and levels, from his memorable version of Ted Hughes’ The Iron Man to a fascinating take on Ray Bradbury’s short classic Marionettes Inc. Tom’s drawing workshops continue to inspire the children to find joy in creating their own illustrated creations.
Tom holds a Trinity College Advanced Performance Diploma from City Lit School and an Advanced Diploma from LISPA School of Physical Theatre, both in London. As a performer Tom has worked extensively in theatre both in London and in Buenos Aires as well as in various children’s educational theatre performances. In 2012 Tom completed the filming of his first leading role in the feature film “El Prisionero Irlandés”. As an Illustrator, Tom predominantly works with literature and has work published in a number of books.
As well as working with Support Learning Tom dedicates his time to a wide range of projects including, mask making in La Boca, vocal training classes and his own children’s theatre performances in Spanish.
In 2020 Tom reached virtual audiences with his friendly and charismatic style, and in 2021 he is launching with Lydia Stevens Support Learning Programme: Visible Thinking through Stories and Art.
Jennifer Moule is a British storyteller, jazz singer and a performer, who uses puppetry, song and dance to rapture the viewer and enhance the story. Her workshops vary in style and level, she caters for nursery, primary, secondary school and adult learners. Her repertoire ranges from Mary Shelley’s gothic story of Frankenstein, which includes a hip-hop monster that raps his tale of woe, to the beat of poetry for teenagers, which explores and compares the verse of Benjamin Zephaniah, The Black Eyed Peas, Shakespeare, Philip Larkin and many other poets.
Jennifer Moule (BA, TOEFL, PGCE, MA) studied English Literature at Bristol University; later she trained as a secondary school teacher in English at Liverpool John Moores University as part of the Teach First programme, and in 2014 she was awarded a Masters in Education from Manchester University.
Alongside her teaching career, she is a performer and a jazz singer, and has staged work at the Tate Modern, the Edinburgh Festival, the Kazimier and the Camden Theatre Festival, UK. More recently she has been working with the Cirque du Soleil and is the on-call singer for Bazzar, one of their newest travelling shows.
Her theatrical performances involve song and the magical power of her ukulele. Students are invited to sing, dance and use mime to bring the stories to life. Shadow puppetry enhances her sessions for the young ones, too. In 2020 she made electrifying appearances in remote education for Support Learning, and will continue in 2021.
Matt Wray grew up in Seattle, Washington, USA. He started acting at the age of 12 and has continued ever since. He made his professional debut as the bellhop in the Arts West Playhouse in the 2006 production of Lend Me A Tenor. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and Theatre from The C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, where he studied the Suzuki technique under Maria Porter.
At University he was nominated for three Irene Ryan Awards for his performances as Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, multiple characters in As You Like It and Orpheus in Euridice. After graduating Matt spent a few years in New York where he played Trent in the film Powerplegic and Frank in Haratio’s Rise. It was there that he met his future wife and they moved to Buenos Aires. In Buenos Aires he appeared in Usted Esta Aqui, The Interview, and the series Sandro De America.
Besides facilitating Educational Storytelling for Touch the Author, he currently works as a lighting and sound technician at the Theatre El Grito, where he runs lights for Isadora (Duncan) among other shows. He loves working with kids and is happy to be engaged in educational performance for Support Learning.
In 2020 his live performances online were a great hit, and he is planning to hold the stage in this medium in 2021, too.