Drama & Theatre Studies
Drama & Theatre Studies is thriving at Charterhouse both as a GCSE option and A Level subject. As well as examination performances, there are also a number of whole school productions over the year to get involved in.
In addition, there are House plays, pupil-directed pieces and co-curricular opportunities to learn technical theatre and support backstage in the wonderful Ben Travers Theatre.
The Drama Department also offers LAMDA Speech & Drama lessons as well as opportunities to gain certificates from other awarding bodies.
Read the latest Drama and Theatre newsletters, available in the Creative Arts News section:
- Mrs Rebecca Pugh, BA PGDip PGCE - Head of Academic Drama
- Mrs Liz Bennett, BA
- Miss Emily Fox, BA
- Mrs Charlotte Hunter, BA
- Mr Chris Jones, BA, MSt
Mrs Pugh joined Charterhouse as Head of Academic Drama in 2019 from the International School of Amsterdam where she taught MYP Drama and DP Theatre and directed the MS and HS productions. Prior to this Mrs Pugh was Director of Drama and latterly Assistant Head Pastoral at Putney High School in London. Mrs Pugh gained a first class degree in Classics from King’s College London and went on to study Acting and Musical Theatre at Central School of Speech and Drama, where, after a spell as a Theatrical Agent, she later did her PGCE. In her spare time Mrs Pugh enjoys singing and, funnily enough, is an avid theatregoer. Mrs Pugh is also the Head of Northbrook, our newsest girls' House.
After completing a Foundation course at LAMDA, Mrs Bennett trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, gaining a BA in Acting.
During her professional Acting career Mrs Bennett dabbled in comedy writing and performing, and was fortunate enough to be directed by Mark Rylance at the Globe Theatre.
Before joining Charterhouse Mrs Bennett was LAMDA coordinator at James Alleyn’s Girls’ School in Dulwich and also taught LAMDA lessons at Dulwich College and Putney High School. Mrs Bennett has written and directed multiple plays for Putney High Theatre Company which have been performed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Having recently moved to Surrey from London, in her spare time Mrs Bennett enjoys exploring new places in the area with her husband and two young children.
Graduating with a Joint Honours Degree in French and German from London University, Miss Fox completed a post graduate diploma at the Oxford School of Drama. She arrived at Charterhouse to teach French and German several years later and having completed a PGCE in Modern Languages and English at Westminster, Oxford. During her time at Charterhouse, Miss Fox has had several years as Head of Drama, held the post of Master of the Under School and Warden of Northridge, and is currently Artistic Director of the Theatre. Particular academic interests include Medieval French and German literature and 19th Century French poetry.
Mrs Hunter studied Theatre and Performing Arts at the Brit School before continuing her studies at Doreen Bird Performing Arts in London where she gained a first class honours degree. She went on to perform in West End shows and sing on International cruise liners. Mrs Hunter is passionate about the use of the voice and how best to utilise it safely. In her spare time she loves to keep fit and can be found teaching a few fitness classes in Charterhouse Club!
Mr Jones joined Charterhouse from St Catherine’s College, Oxford, where he graduated with Distinction in his Master of Studies degree in English. At Oxford he focused on literature from 1900 to the present and wrote a dissertation on the “eco-fascism” of modernist poet Ezra Pound. Having been raised in Singapore for a decade during his youth, Mr Jones was educated at Tanglin Trust School before going on to study for his BA in English at UCL. Mr Jones graduated with the top First in his department, for which he was awarded the departmental Morley Prize, as well as the prestigious Faculty Medal (Rosa Morison Prize) for ranking as the highest achieving student across all departments in the Faculty of the Arts and Humanities. Mr Jones is a keen musician and runs the Pride Society at Charterhouse.