Emma Hollis Brown, Biography


Emma Hollis Brown, Biography
Drama and Co was established in 2016 as a new concept in Drama education training and support. The company specialises in supporting teachers and students to develop knowledge and skills in all areas of drama education. The offer includes a range of workshops and training courses and draws from the wide ranging experience of the founder in curriculum design, training, school inspection and advisory work.

Emma Hollis Brown has wide ranging experience of teaching and learning, working in a range of secondary schools and post 16 institutions specialising in delivering curriculum solutions in English and the Performing Arts and leading high performing faculties to success.

Since 2004 Emma has developed a career in initial teacher training, leadership and challenge and inspection and advisory work, supporting curriculum modeling and collaborative quality assurance. In Arts Education settings Emma worked as a Creative Agent, Researcher and Evaluator. Emma is a highly experienced trainer designing and delivering programmes on a range of areas of school improvement.

Emma is also a senior examiner for a market leading A Level Theatre Studies specification, a trained assessor both for Arts Mark and Arts Award schemes and an Ofqual Subject Expert. In 2011 Emma established her own training and consultancy company delivering a range of contracts across public and private sectors.  

Our associates

Holly Baradell

Holly Barradell
Holly has worked as a stage manager, Head of Drama, examiner, moderator and curriculum developer whilst also being a subject expert for Ofqual, a vice-chair of governors and a mentor for Arts Emergency. Whilst Holly was an NQT she was awarded the Kent NQT of the year award. Holly has presented at various educational events as well as previously running keynote courses. Holly sits as a member of the National Drama executive and over the last few years has lead the CPD events and courses for Drama teachers including ‘Which Board to Tread.’ Recently, Holly was awarded her Master’s in Education. You can tweet Holly @drama_holly and keep up to date with her developments on www.hollybarradell.wix.com/drama

Chris Bruce

Chris Bruce, BA (Hons), PGCE, AST - Teacher and still proud of it! 
It is all about the creativity. 

Chris has been teaching across a variety of learning environments since 1993. He has held positions such as Head of Drama, Head of Media and Film Studies, and continues as a consultant and AST, whilst still working full-time in a school in London.

He spends most of his days urging, encouraging, nurturing and nagging kids to become creative. It’s hard. But really enjoyable.

As well as leading/running courses for teachers, plus revision sessions, and examining and moderating in Media, Film, Drama, Theatre and English, Chris’ passion is making short films with young people. 

He is restless in the pursuit of solving creative issues, building networks of artists, bringing a soulful dynamic between groups and individuals, stretching the minds of youngsters, challenging the artistic peripheries that people go to, and he also values tenacity, perseverance and striving for the best. Sometimes it’s really tough. Most times it’s beyond words…

Chris strongly believes that the arts always bring greater dividends than any other curriculum area and he devotes his whole life to using creativity and art to make the world a better place. 

Value people, value art, value life. This is what it means to be human. 

I worked with Emma as a subject reviewer for Ofqual’s 2015 subject accreditation process for Drama. Emma worked to tight deadlines and communicated clearly through the process. Emma’s subject knowledge from her background across many paths of education came to fruition when she critiqued the specifications to an exceptional level. It was real pleasure to work with Emma and I am looking forward to our next project together.
— Holly Barradell, Drama Development Manager, Freelance Drama Education Consultant
Emma is a meticulous person who always works well to deadlines. She communicates successfully with people on all levels and is very creative. She is supportive and very thorough in her work.
— Gail Deal, Head of Performing Arts at Esher College




Primary Drama workshops are available to support pupils in key stage 1 and/or 2 with their learning in both Literacy and cross curricular topic areas.