Storytelling is a human instinct. Yuval’s Noah Harari “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” reflects that the ability of our species to devise fiction is a key feature that defines us. My name is Martha McKinney, I am from Belfast and am excited to be part of the Studio Starlit team.
I started my speech and drama classes at the age of 4 and since then have experienced first-hand the invaluable benefits of having the space to use and find your voice through the practice of storytelling.
The feeling of provoking an emotional response in an audience is an addictive one. Drama classes have played a significant role in my life; acting, as explored through the LAMDA syllabus is curated to raise each student into being a confident communicator, a valuable life skill, the power of which should not be underestimated. I hope to play a part in bringing the students of Studio Starlit that same feeling of belonging in creative expression.
I have over 5 years teaching experience in classes and summer schemes. Competing at the Lagan Festival throughout my speech and drama years, I have had multiple successes culminating in my winning the Rowel Friers memorial Award which is given annually to the competitor who gained the most placings throughout their years of competing. I was Head Girl at school, where I set up and ran a drama club enriching my passion for teaching. Before going to university, I am taking a gap year to broaden my experiences in all areas of the performing arts.
The depiction of personal experiences is endlessly fascinating. We always have and always will tell stories. The art of sharing experiences to find common ground, to unite is a vital one.