Andrea Moran

CEO & Director

Andrea Moran Dramatherapist

A little more about Andrea:

I went to India to visit projects for street children and this planted the seed of a life-long passion for helping young people to find healing and empowerment through drama and the arts.

Completing a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies at Roehampton University, a PGCE at Goldsmiths and then I returned to Roehampton to qualify as a Dramatherapist.

I established a programme to teach and facilitate arts therapies with children at risk in UK and internationally and was invited to run workshops in Kosovo and Philippines.

Afterwards, I took up a fantastic opportunity to work at the Oval House Theatre, Arts Education Department in Peckham and Brixton, London. I co-ordinated an existing successful project called ‘Back on Track’ offering excluded young people a therapeutic programme to process their emotions through arts and drama. The project was very enriching and successful and resulted in almost all of these previously excluded young people engaging in positive activities, as they felt seen and heard, some perhaps for the first time.

Fuelled by this, I moved back to Dorset to live with the intention of setting up something similar.

In 2007 Koru was born when I was awarded funding from the arts council to

run a pilot study with 4 young people in care who had complex needs.  The aim was to help them re-engage them with education. Each of them had a creative gift which they began to find ways to express their pain and make sense of their world, this gave them hope, a seed was sewn. As therapists it’s like we gently blowing on the embers inside their hearts and they see the light within themselves then hope and growth and thriving is possible.

Professional Journey

1990 BA in Drama and Theatre Studies, Roehampton University, London

1997 PGCE Secondary Education, Goldsmith’s London

2000 Established Themba (hope) facilitate programme.
Invited to speak at Viva Network international conference in Holland for children at risk.

As a result of conference was invited by MEDAIR to Kosovo to facilitate workshops for Head teachers as part of a psychosocial programme for rehabilitation after the war.
Taught creative therapy and forum theatre techniques to help children suffering from trauma.

Invited by Govt and NGO organisations in Philippines to train their workers in art therapies.
Took a team of teachers, artists and puppeteers to Manila and presented series workshops to staff who worked with children living on the streets and in prisons.

2002 PGDip Dramatherapy, Roehampton University, London 04 – 06
Whilst at University I also trained at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, Alzheimer’s Patients
Dramatherapist and CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, School refusers (Emotional)

2002 Dramatherpist in training at Iranian Association, Hammersmith, London, Adult refugee and asylum seekers

2003 Worked at Oval House Theatre, London
Co-ordinator of Back on Track programme in Arts Education Department.

2006 Lived and worked in home for street children in Mumbai, India.
Worked alongside and learned from Aanand Chabukswar of WCCL Foundation for Arts based therapy in India.

2007 Drama therapist for the Psychotherapy Day Programme at Somerset Partnership NHS Trust

2007 Began Koru Project in Dorset.