Chris Gunning studied English at the University of Leeds, and has a post-graduate diploma in Acting from the Arts Educational School. After nearly a decade working as a theatre actor, performing works by, amongst others, Shakespeare, Brecht, Strindberg and Chekhov, Chris undertook a PGCE in Drama at Goldsmith's College.
Appointed at Hayes in 2002, Chris became Head of Drama in September 2006, having previously taken responsibility for KS4, doubling the student numbers and overseeing a healthy improvement in results at GCSE. With responsibility for KS3 and KS5, he has overseen a complete overhaul of the lower school curriculum and has guided students at AS and A2 to consistently excellent results. As Artistic Director of Hayes School Productions, Chris has taken the remit of the school play into previously unchartered territory, pushing boundaries and challenging actors and audience alike.His directing credits include the Main School Productions Ghetto, Jesus Christ Superstar, Oh What a Lovely War, Les Miserables and Urinetown, 4 KS5 plays, the joint school and community south-eastern amateur premiere of The History Boys, numerous Cabarets and 4 Hazefests!
attained her undergraduate degree inTheatre and Performance Studies at Warwick University, also taking a minor in film studies. Whilst at university she was on the exec board for Freshblood Productions, encouraging new talent in students through writing/ performance events. She then took her MPGCE in Drama and English at Warwick University which led her into teaching here at Hayes!
In her 8 years here, Mary-Kate has helped transform the teaching of GCSE and A Level as well as our extra-curricular provision, writing and directing the Main School show Alucinations in 2011, introducing the much loved House Drama Competition in 2012 and co-directing two of our most successful shows of recent years, How to Succeed and Les Miserables.
graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2009 with a degree in Drama and Film Studies. One of her greatest achievements during her time at University was forming a theatre company with fellow students called ‘Revolving Theatre’ which toured around the local Hampshire area. She also was an active member of the University’s Dramatic Society and starred in many of their productions including, ‘Babies,’ ‘Gifted,’ ‘Terra Firma,’ and ‘Vinegar Tom.’
In the last 5 years Kathryn has definitely made her mark on the studios and our productions, helping us achieve some of our best GCSE and A Level results and co-directing the Main School Shows The Trial and Urinetown.”