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stephanie
connell

Stephanie Connell is the progeny of an Irish acting father and a renowned film editing mother. She trained professionally as a ballerina at the Hampshire Ballet School, where Anthony Dowell first studied and after quite literally breaking her leg, discovering that dancing and ski-ing did not mix, she continued with acting instead. She trained at NIDA when she lived in Australia, and upon her return to the UK, completed a RADA Refresher Course with Caroline Eves and Robert Palmer and learned Role Play Skills with Paul Clayton.

She has played numerous theatrical roles, appeared in commercials, more recently in Vauxhall 'Heroes', films and corporates. She is also a professional medical role player, working alongside training doctors to help medical students obtain the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours to be able to communicate effectively with patients, relatives and colleagues in varying circumstances. She works for the NHS, training clinicians to have a better understanding of patients with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, depression, chronic pain, COPD and patients with difficult lifestyle behaviours. She is a CSA training role player.

She has written a one act Whodunit for Living the Drama's Care Home 2019 Tour; won first prize for her short play Heart Broken at Actors & Writers London (AWL) competition; and in 2016 her play Birds of Prey (co-written with Carolyn Lloyd-Davies), based on her true story, was selected for a rehearsed reading at AWL, with Gaye Poole playing the lead.

Stephanie joined Living the Drama after appearing as Gemma Briggs in Carolyn's play, Silent on the Matter, in 2015. When she's not acting, she takes on the creative role of design, casting and marketing, and even as lighting operator and sound designer, for Living the Drama. She also helps facilitate playwriting courses and workshops for the older aspiring playwright and co-produces new writing, under the auspices of Living the Drama.

She is an active member of Actors & Writers London and the Watermill Theatre’s Actors Forum, a trained computer systems analyst and an award winning web designer.

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