Ann is a graduate in English and has spent her working life in education, teaching in secondary and primary schools, theatres, university and therapy teams, as well as examining drama and theatre studies. Ann ran her own drama school for many years, and has now returned to mainstream education and research. She is an enthusiastic teacher of improvisation and believes strongly in the inclusive power of drama in that it offers confidence building, team work, and the discipline of controlling body, voice – and nerves. Ann combines her teaching with doctoral research into teaching maths to young people with complex special needs. She attends ballet and tap classes, a lifelong passion, and enjoys theatre going and precious time with her family.