Ms Helen Rudge

Head of Dance and Drama

Email address: Phone number: 01902 322205 Location: WH Building Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Performing Arts Areas of expertise: Drama


Biographical Summary

Helen has been a Senior Lecturer in the Drama department since 2005 and is now Head of Drama and Dance.

She trained as an actress at The Birmingham School of Speech And Dramatic Art for 3 years and has a Professional Acting Diploma. On leaving Drama School she worked as an actress for several years doing theatre and voice over work.

Helen has a B.A. in Theatre Studies from University of Wolverhampton and a M.A. in Drama and Theatre Education from University of Warwick.

In addition she also has a PGCE in Secondary Drama and prior to arriving at Wolverhampton was Head of Drama in a secondary school in Birmingham for 2 years.

Research interests

Research interests:

  • Geese Theatre Company and Drama with Offenders
  • The Student Experience

Membership of professional bodies

Membership of Professional Organisations

  • Equity



  • M.A. Drama and Theatre Education, University of Warwick, 2007
  • P.G.C.E. (Secondary) Drama, University of Central England, 1998
  • B.A. (Hons.), First class, Theatre Studies with Media and Communication Studies, 1997, University of Wolverhampton
  • Three year full-time Professional Acting Diploma, The Birmingham School of Speech and Dramatic Art, 1990

Experience in industry

Employment History

Present - Head of Dance and Drama

2014 – 2015 Joint Acting Head of Department Drama and Musical Theatre/Head of Musical Theatre

2005 - 2014 Senior lecturer - Drama

2003-2005 Head of Drama, Kings Norton High School, Birmingham

This role was to develop and maintain an appropriate Drama Curriculum for 400 pupils in the school and to contribute to the strategic development of the school as a middle manager. In a review of the dept Helen was awarded ‘excellent’ for her teaching. In her role she oversaw the implementation of a new studio space and was part of the team that worked towards the school being awarded artsite status.

1998-2003 p/t Supply Teacher

Secondary Education supply teaching in all subjects

1990-2003 p/tActress

A variety of roles in Theatre plus voice-over work and adverts.

1988-1997 p/t Speech and Drama Teacher

Teaching Public speaking, Acting and Communication skills to ages 4-18 years at the following schools:

Astwell Preparatory School

Eccleston Preparatory School

Holy Child Secondary School

The Birmingham School of Speech & Drama

Further information

Teaching responsibilities

Module Leader for:

  • 4DR005 Applied Drama: Setting the Context
  • 5DR006 Applied Drama: Educator or Facilitator?
  • 6DR002 Applied Drama: The Workplace
  • 6DR003 Text: Contemporary Contexts

Other teaching responsibilities:

  • 4DR003 Performance: The Public Performer
  • 5SW001 Research, Interpretation and Analysis
  • 6SW001 Professional Project –supervision of projects related to teaching 

Non-teaching responsibilities:

  • Head of Dance and Drama
  • BA Drama Course Leader
  • BA Drama Induction
  • BA Drama Admissions Tutor
  • BA Drama Student Voice
  • BA Drama Course Committee
  • Personal tutor