Drama Department Teaching Staff

CHRIS GUNNING...

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, Urinetown and The Great Gatsby, 4 KS5 plays, the joint school and community south-eastern amateur premiere of The History Boys, numerous Cabarets and 6 Hazefests!

KATHRYN ELFORD…

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 7 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, Urinetown, and Little Shop of Horrors.

Victoria Duggan....

studied Drama with English at the University of Kent, Canterbury. Victoria then undertook a PGCE in Drama at Goldsmith's College.
Victoria has a wealth of experience as a drama teacher having worked for thirteen years as the Head of Department at Langley Park School for Boys. She was then headhunted by The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama to lead and mentor the PGCE course in Drama Education. However, the call of the classroom soon led her back to mainstream education where she became the Co-ordinator for The Performing Arts at Harris Academy Beckenham. She is an extremely practised director with literally hundreds of productions to her credit. She is also passionate about pastoral care and has been nominated as a Diana Award Anti-bullying Ambassador.