“Life on the stage began with Divena. She inspired me at a young age to pursue a career in the arts and I can’t thank her enough for her guidance and support.”
Gary Griffiths, former student
Gary began stage work as a young boy playing “The Artful Dodger” in a local Operatic Society. He took LAMDA Exams throughout, gaining Gold medals in Acting and Verse & Prose. He has recently taken lead roles with Welsh National Opera and at present is travelling Worldwide as a much sought after solo performer for international companies.
“From small beginnings in Swansea which nurtured me and kept me humble through university, working in UK television, winning Miss Great Britain and ending up in Hollywood working in television and film. Thanks Divena for believing in me and teaching me. Even in those times I really entertained you!”
Gareth Jack Llewellyn, a former student of Divena, is now the creator and owner of Frapetsus Theatre Company, and works as both an Actor and Playwright.
Stephanie Wookey sat all of her LAMDA examinations with Divena, gaining a Distinction in Verse & Prose and Acting. Stephanie now works as a barrister, based in London.
LAMDA has helped me in various aspects of my professional and personal life. Most importantly LAMDA has enhanced my ability to communicate with others, and be confident speaking in public. This was of great benefit for university interviews and presentations, as well as delivering a best man’s speech. I continue to use these skills daily as a dentist, where effective communication with my patients is important. I continue to perform in local musical theatre productions, where my LAMDA training has aided my diction, stage presence and vocal stamina.
“Taking LAMDA Speech lessons with Divena from the age of three helped me to learn English when all I was able to speak was Polish. It also helped me develop confidence and self expression and to make lots of friends. Definitely a lovely memory from my school days.”
“Studying with Divena improved my confidence enormously. I also had many wonderful opportunities; including filming at the LAMDA Studios and touring around Wales with the Wales Theatre Company. I have now been travelling for a year and a half. Divena gave me the self belief and determination which made all these things possible.”
“Studying with Divena helped to develop my confidence in public speaking. I have made use of the skills that I learned in many ways and they have been especially beneficial for giving presentations, speaking at conferences and working in the classroom, where the ability to communicate effectively is essential.”
Peter has found the work he did as a young boy so valuable and helpful through his health issues.
Lowri began lessons as a young child to help her with her English speaking – her first language was Welsh. After leaving us and doing very well in many LAMDA examinations and medals, Lowri became a television presenter.
Lowri is a BAFTA and multi award winner, and a World Class Ultra endurance marathon runner having raced in some of the most extreme races in the World. Lowri is a natural born adventurer, and has also been presented to the Queen.
Ashley is currently studying a degree in Secondary Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University to become a Secondary Music Teacher. Ashley has been heavily involved with Many aspects of music and theatre since a very young age. Whilst at school Ashley was given the opportunity by Divena to be a part of two professional tours of Mal Pope’s musical “Amazing Grace” which secured his passion for theatre, which led to him going on to complete a BTEC in Performing Arts in college. Divena also coached Ashley in attaining his LAMDA medals.
During his time at college he played “Sebastian” in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and “Oscar” in Sweet Charity between studying and being involved with various groups and societies. Ashley is Musical Director of Llanrhidian Ladies Choir and he also runs a youth theatre group Llanrhidian Players.
Most recently Ashley has produced and directed an outdoor production of “The Wind in the Willows”, “Pirates of Penzance (Esgee Version).”, ‘James and the Giant Peach’, and is currently working on “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.”.
As well as being involved with the production side of shows Ashley also has performed with various groups playing roles, such as ‘Ugly’ in Honk!! ‘Cogsworth’ in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, ‘Seymour’ in Little Shop of Horrors and ‘Pablo’ in Howard Goodall’s ‘Days of Hope’. Ashley is currently Musical Director for Swansea AOS and Deputy MD for Neath AOS.
I began sitting LAMDA examinations at a very young age and enjoyed learning and reading poems. Later on, I was eager to discuss books, word meanings and the moods and styles of the different works.
I continued working on pieces for LAMDA Examinations, achieving both Bronze and Silver Medals before heading off to college to study for a Law Degree. I remember doing well in examinations and they increased my confidence when speaking out.
As an adult, I have worked as a solicitor which required a great deal of spoken introduction. I also found myself in Court situations and feel that my LAMDA groundwork really helped and gave me the self-confidence necessary in that profession.
I now run my own business which requires me to give presentations to many people both here in the UK and abroad through the various technologies available in this day and age.