Chelsea Cakebread

Drama & Production Assistant

Chelsea started her drama training at the age of 7 joining a local performing arts school. She then attended Lewisham College studying her diploma in Performing arts and was hand-chosen by Arts Education To attend their ‘future talent’ closed Easter workshops, as well as being selected as 1 of only 8 students to attend The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts summer workshops. 

 

Working with a number of organisations over the past 14 years, Chelsea has used drama as a therapy tool to open doors for socially excluded adults and young people. She has worked with a number of groups including young offenders, those with a learning disability, young people in the care system and mental health service users. Chelsea has a passion for social and community theatre. Her devised performance piece about gangs and knife crime has been used as part of an anti-gang violence learning tool in schools in South East London. She has worked with organisations such as Zinc Arts, Theatre Peckham, Mencap, East 15, OvalHouse, Deafinitely Theatre, KnifeFree and Catch 22 using drama to help young people turn their lives around. 

She also undertook a council-funded Theatre in Education tour around Essex schools using Forum Theatre to teach young people about homelessness. 

 

Chelsea also has a huge passion for the backstage side of productions. She has worked as a production assistant and stage manager on the previous 3 Stage One pantomimes. She also works as a lighting technician on a number of WestEnd shows including Wicked and Matilda. 

 

Chelsea loves being part of the Stage One family, getting to work alongside such talented teachers and enjoys working with the students and seeing their confidence and passion grow.