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Theresa’s love for theatre started at School when appearing in Shakespeare’s“Merchant of Venice.” She performed in this play again as Portia 16 years later. At 19, she sang in cabaret and musical shows as a redcoat entertainer; her talent for mimicry was born when she developed a five minute impressionist act, as she impersonated Frank Spencer, Margaret Thatcher, Dame Edna, Cilla Black and soap opera characters in 1986. At University, she acted in student musicals and plays; she made her debut as director as she mounted Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Aberdeen Arts Centre.

After graduating from Aberdeen University, she attended Oxford School of Drama in 1989. In 1991, she did historical role-player for Past Pleasures and simultaneously taught drama in secondary Schools.

From 1994, Theresa concentrated on theatre, acting in touring shows, pantomimes, children’s shows, as well as a few comedy sketch shows. In 1996, she organised a performing arts exchange trip to Zimbabwe and performed in several shows there. The African tribal dancers taught the Brits the Gum Boot Dance and the famine dance! Many of the Africans laughed at fat westerners pretending to be starving, as they danced for the rain. Theresa was offered a Zimbabwean delicacy – a plate of black, hairy worms!

During the same year, Theresa co-founded Dilemmas Theatre Company with installation artist Anji Archer, running many community projects and theatre productions in Stevenage and around Hertfordshire until 2004. She started as a corporate role-player in 1996; she is also experienced at voiceovers and has appeared in a few commercials.

She produced and acted in comedy pilot “When Mars Meets Venus” shown at the Edinburgh Film Festival and short film “U Lookin at Me?”

Her favourite parts have been Margaret, an agoraphobic in Sue Townsend’s “Bazaar and Rummage”, Fiona, in “How the Other Half Loves”, Linda in Alan Bennett’s “Enjoy”, and Beatrice in Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”