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Caroline Farmer

British International School of Chicago, South Loop | Private School Chicago

Drama Specialist & Head of Performing Arts

The opportunity to develop a drama curriculum in conjunction with Juilliard is an opportunity not to be missed. Having worked professionally in the industry, I believe the connection to a network of theatre practitioners is unique for our students. To work in an educational institution that has complete trust in its outstanding teachers means the freedom is given to be ambitious in our teaching practice.

My approach as a teacher has been directly affected by my experience as a professional actress. My first professional acting role was understudying Imelda Staunton (Delores Umbridge) in the West End production of "Calico". I also toured England with Blithe Spirit (Savoy Theatre), honing my skills as a comic actor. As a passionate American theatre lover, I was delighted to be in Arthur Miller’s last play, "Resurrection Blues", at the Old Vic. This was directed by Robert Altman under the artistic directorship of Kevin Spacey. I returned to teaching drama for all years including GCSE and A Level at a grammar school in Kent.

As Director of Drama at Bablake, a leading independent co-educational school in Warwickshire, I strived to build the extracurricular activities for the students in the model of a professional theatre company. Students had autonomy over aspects in rehearsing and running a show. Cultivating skills in performing, technical and managerial aspects of theatre have been key to our successes. We annually took a show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and gained four stars for my adaptation of "The Picture of Dorian Gray". Other recent school productions include: "Othello", "The Crucible", "Bugsy Malone", "Blithe Spirit" and "Rebecca". We have taken part in festivals such as National Connections with excellent feedback.

My family and I are very excited to be moving to the United States. In particular, my little girl cannot believe our new city has its own zoo! We are also excited that skiing is only a drive away. I love performing in my own time. Most recently, I performed as Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the Fool in King Lear at the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham. I also love watching theatre, particularly theatre for young people, and I cannot wait to develop the young theatrical talent as BISC South Loop.

What Students Say

"Ms. Farmer is really funny and enthusiastic."

"Demanding and collaborative."

"I was a bit nervous when I met her, but then I realized she only wanted the best from me. I really enjoy her lessons."

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