Emma Boulton-Roe is the course leader for the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts . Prior to joining Tresham, Emma was a self-employed creative practitioner. Emma studied BA (Hons) in Performance at Northumbria University, Newcastle and completed her PGCE with Bedford University.
Emma has a wealth of professional experience including being the company director of Corby Zone Ltd (a multi arts company). She led drama workshops, taught adult dance classes, was project manager for various arts and theatre projects, gained public funding for projects, was commissioned to co-write and produce three new plays. Emma has also worked as a director, costume designer, writer, producer, project manager, workshop leader, make-up artist, and performer. She also co-founded Shout! Youth Theatre in 1998 and has worked with them throughout the past 14 years. Before returning to Northamptonshire in 2006, Emma worked in Newcastle as an actor, costume designer and make-up artist. Currently, Emma runs Sparks youth drama sessions at The Core @ Corby Cube.
Emma has worked on ‘Women of Steel’ with Corby Women’s Theatre Group which was her first major project upon returning to Northamptonshire and she cites this as one of her most satisfying professional projects. “The epic project began with a promenade performance at East Carlton Country Park which I had written a section of. I also performed as an actor and in the live band, ‘The Orebits’, as well as working as production manger. The project evolved into a re-written indoor theatre piece, a film and finally became a book”. ‘
‘Art in the Park’ was
Emma’s first solo funding bid and the first time she had projected managed an
Arts event. It was a week long series of free workshops at East Carlton Park,
which Emma describes as a “beautiful and inspiring space”, for people of all
ages- participants ranged from 2 years through to 86 years old! Dance,
sculpture, fashion, paint making, photography, critters and 169 blue rabbits
hidden around the park- it was a brilliant week!
In 2006, Emma became a Founder Member and Director of Corby Zone, a company who aimed to “improve the quality of life for the people of Corby through enhancing and enriching cultural provision and through stimulating and developing cultural consciousness.” As well as successfully bidding for Arts funding to run projects in the area, they ran a mentoring scheme, held regular get-togethers for artists, networked and lobbied for a better local Arts scene. They won a Creative Spirit of Corby award and had created links within the wider arts and theatre community. Emma says, “our biggest project was to turn the Manor House, Corby into an arts space with a gallery, cinema, studios, and a theatre lab. We received funding to do consultation and business plan but the project unfortunately didn’t come to fruition and in 2009 we had to say goodbye to the dream. Luckily for me, I can still use the building as Tresham now run their catering courses in it!”