Royal Holloway University of London

Visiting Lecturer - Playwriting
2016 - present




I cannot say enough positive things about this course and the amount I have learned from it. Isley is amazing! Because of her I want to continue the course next year and develop my skills further. Thank you so much Isley! :)
One of the few courses that actually feels worthy of £9000 a year.
This was my favourite class!
It's all been incredibly helpful, and I'll be using it to develop my work – not just the individual pieces but in general, too. Your module has been an absolute joy to take part in, and I really hope I get to work with you again next year.
I feel I learned a substantial amount with the short amount of time I had. Interaction with both students and tutor was 10/10.
Seminar leader was stimulating and engaging. Ultimately the most rewarding course this year.
I cannot think of anything to improve.
I really liked that this course made me want to engage much more with playwriting and that the teaching style made me want to do well.



devised with the company
June 2017


Photos by Atri Banerjee and Robin Fisher



Funded thanks to Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. 

ALT. is a pilot scheme that will bring a cohort of 20 (95% BAME) young people from low-income and low arts engagement backgrounds together to experience actor training in a risk-free and supportive environment for the first time. 



Theatre Lab

“As society grapples with increasingly complex ethical and social issues raised by technological progress, it has never been more urgent to discuss serious ideas publically, frankly and in the spirit of intellectual inquiry. As an organisation committed to shaping the future through debate, the Institute of Ideas is delighted to encourage and endorse initiatives such as ArtsFest” - Claire Fox, director, Institute of Ideas



Poetry and Creative Writing Tutor



CoolTan Arts is an award winning arts in mental health charity run by and for adults with mental distress.
We believe that mental wellbeing is enhanced by the power of creativity.


Poetry On Film with Josh Loftin - IAMNormal Festival, August '16
United St Savior's Community Open Day, July '15
Concert for Winter, Globe Theatre, December '14
World Mental Health Day, Brixton Library, October '14
Waterloo Festival, St John's Church, June '14


Playwright and Workshop Leader

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At Group 64 we believe that every child is important and can really benefit from drama activities, we aim to develop creativity and confidence in a safe and fun environment, whilst giving young people exciting theatrical experiences, great memories and an abundance of confidence and skills to take out into the world!


THE ROYAL CHILD'S SECRET NAME / THE ULTRA ORB - Ronald Ross School, Years 4 and 5, Spring Term '17
CRAZY PLACES - St Mary's Primary, Year 4, Autumn term '16
BIG BOSS LADY / SLAY! - Sacred Heart School, Year 4, Spring term '16
Playwriting Masterclasses, Autumn term '15
CODE 24125 - St Mary's Primary, Year 4, Autumn term '15
A TALKING LIGHT / THE SLEUTH SISTERS - Sacred Heart School, Year 4, Spring term '15
THE TEMPLE OF TREASURES TINY AND TRUE - St Mary's Primary, Year 4, Autumn term '14



HARTS Theatre Company is a community interest company founded by Ann Akin that pushes the boundaries to shine a spotlight on youth talent in different areas of London. We focus on using performing arts to work with young people with the intention of helping them find their voice to benefit towards social change. Our aim is to teach young people to express themselves creatively and effectively allowing us to nurture talent whilst encouraging and stimulating those who might need additional confidence


New Writing Festival - Lyric Hammersmith, April '16


Volunteer Workshop Assistant

Clean Break is a theatre company with an independent education programme. Both strands of our work are rooted in the belief that theatre changes lives.


Workshop Skills, Spring '15
Performance Poetry, Summer '14






Truth and Dare: short play masterclass - Group 64, July '17
Masterclass Day - Sir William Borlase Grammar School, July '17
Women Of Work Seminars - Connaught School, June '17
Telling the Untold: What and Why - The Symposium, Rose Bruford College April '16
Cross-disciplinary devising for performers - IdeasTap/Islington Arts Factory, ages 16+, July '14
Your Stories - Tricycle Theatre Young Company, ages 11-14, February '14
Children’s Summer Programme - Crested Butte Mountain Theatre, Colorado June - July '08

Volunteer workshop assistant, Syngery Theatre, August '13