Lisa Shepherd is the founder of Imaginary Ordinary who offer bespoke projects and workshops to schools, community and charity groups in all aspects of the theatrical arts including: Drama, Puppetry, Storytelling, Mask, Improvisation, Comedy and Writing for performance.
An experienced facilitator and creative practitioner I devise participant centred projects and workshops which also hold the aims of the organiser at the heart of the work. A trained dramatherapist I can also offer both group and individual dramatherapy interventions in schools, community settings, youth justice settings and mental health services. My psychological knowledge and understanding also makes me the ideal facilitator when working with vulnerable and hard to reach young people. I am also a trained Arts Award Advisor able to deliver the Young Peoples Arts Award to bronze and silver levels.
I have worked on a variety of projects in early years settings, primary and secondary schools, theatres and arts venues, special schools and day centres, summer schools and activity centres and within young people’s mental health services. I have facilitated a variety of workshops and projects ranging from drama workshops to improve theatre skills to a comedy project which educated participants about healthy living to a puppetry project with young people in a hospital and outreach pupil referral unit to a storytelling project with young people for whom English is not their first language and just about everything in between!
‘New friends, new skills, new puppet! I enjoyed taking part in this project; I made a puppet, created a creature, made new friends, learned new stuff and actually enjoyed going to school again!’
Student, Bacin Hospital and Outreach Pupil Referral Unit
‘Working with Lisa the pupils developed new skills in puppetry, grew in confidence and built on their social skills. It was amazing how the students took on the characters of the puppets and how some of the characteristics of the puppets were actually those of the pupils themselves’
Cheryl Powell, Teacher, Bacin Hospital and Outreach Pupil Referral Unit
‘Since the comedy project one pupil has been allocated a bicycle by the college and he is trying to increase his fitness levels. Another has jumped from a level 3 to a level 5. I think she always had the ability but not the confidence to let go. A student who had never been particularly outgoing has joined the college and local football teams and grown in his confidence and self-belief. A formally quiet pupil has performed for the first time for her class in a voice we managed to hear and a pupil who experiences difficulties being in the classroom has just worked so hard on her drama project. She led other pupils using some of the techniques from the comedy project and has been confident in her performing. She has just gained a level 6 in her work. I believe all the young people’s confidence and self-esteem has increased dramatically since working alongside Lisa’
Mandy Weatherall, Head of Drama, Kirk Hallam School
Referee contact details available on request