TAM was set up by Tonya Trappe an economics and English graduate from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She also studied theatre and drama in France for six years before working as a language teacher at various French universities.
A specialist in effective communication, Tonya has given workshops and organized training sessions for professionals in Britain, Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, the Baltic states and Equator as well as in most central and East European countries, including Poland, Croatia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic.
Author of ‘Insights into Business’ and the award winning ‘Intelligent Business’ series (developed in partnership with the Economist) she has successfully combined her business training and writing experience with her drama background to create a unique Shakespeare in business experience for the international business community.
But her first love is teaching English through Drama to teenagers. She has written plays for young people published by Penguin as well as an adaptation of Ben Johnson’s Valpone.
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Trained at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama at the Barbican, London and pursued a career in theatre, radio and writing. Mia co-founded the theatre company « Fairyfacts » whose work included writing and performing for Kidscape on the issue of bullying among very young children. The company also performed alternative and modern fairytales. She also worked in Community Theatre and was involved in projects for less advantaged children in overcrowded schools and devised and performed shows for non-hearing children. Mia has an honours degree from Goldsmiths University of London in French Literature, Philosophy, Cinema and Theatre. In France Mia works as a voice and presentation coach for business professionals. She also teaches team-building and communication through theatre for teams and groups in France and abroad. Mia works as a drama teacher and performer with Tonya Trappe, with the Theatre Atelier de Montreuil.
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Lucie studied at TAM for seven years before moving to the UK to do a BA in History at University College, London, where she took part in many student film and drama productions. She devised a show with the Young Friends of the Almeida Touring Company, giving workshops to children aged 10 to 15. She writes, directs, produces and acts for both stage and screen. She is a member of the Brigade Collective with Maureen Béguin, now in residence at TAM.
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Maureen Béguin was a student of T.A.M at the very beginning in 2004. She started a degree in scenography after high school, and will graduate in 2018.Thanks to her bi-cultural heritage (French/Irish), she has always imagined theater in both English and French. She spent a year studying at DAMU in Prague, which gave her new insights into theater as a writer, director, performer and scenographer. She is also very interested in pedagogy: she started as an assistant to Tonya Trappe and Mia Leahy, and now has her own class on Saturday afternoon with Lucie Trémolières. She founded and has run the drama club at EnsAD since 2013. Together with the Brigade Collective, she is now in residence at T.A.M.
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She is a graduate English teacher with a passion for drama. She took part in the performances of two local drama groups, “Saturday Knickers” and the drama workshop of Waltham Forest, while studying English literature in London in 2002-2005. She then completed an intensive 3-year drama course in Paris with Radka Riaskova and performed in a Montreuil-based drama group called “La machine à Conter”, which offered clown-like, surreal poetic strolls in villages, castles, primary schools, or private houses. After a few years of teaching English, she joined Tonya’s Monday drama class and now assists Tonya and Mia with young children’s classes.
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After an am-dram adolescence, Jonno graduated in French literature and kept performing in the classroom and on stage. After moving to Paris in 1997 and switching to a career in literary translation, he discovered clown at the Samovar professional clown school and has since performed in a number of street festivals and cabarets. His singing voice can be heard in primary school classrooms around the country by any class following the « Speak and Play » English language teaching method. In 2012 he began working with the international director, Ira Seidenstein, and is currently playing in and writing for the collective production, « Requiem », at the Théâtre Funambule, Paris 18 (alongside his own daughter :)). »
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Mercedes is from the South West of England. She grew up appearing in numerous award winning productions and went on to study BA Media and Performance studies at Salford University where she passed with 1st degree honours. After that she trained at Chester University to get her PGCE in Drama teaching. She went on to teach in Secondary schools and her students regularly got high grades for their examinations. She decided to leave England for Asia where she taught Speech and Drama in Singapore to both young children up to teachers of all ages. She also spent a year teaching Kindergarten in an International School and enjoyed that entirely.
Mercedes took a break from work to concentrate on her two children and with her husband decided to move to France, and by sheer luck found herself living very close to TAM where she applied for a job and was welcomed with open arms.
These days you will see Mercedes both Teaching and assisting classes at TAM, but she also has a huge online following of over 18,000 followers collectively recreating movies and music for Vine and Instagram. She has had international success and even been asked to star in advertisements! Mercedes has a lot of experience working with children and non-native speakers but also has many skills when it comes to costumes!