Kim Hope B.Ed, M.A. is a freelance theatre practitioner and drama teacher, a theatre director and voice coach. She is also a non-violence and conflict resolution trainer. She has been engaged in 'theatre-for-change' for three decades, and in South Africa she founded and led the Themba HIV&AIDS Organisation where she was the first Executive Director. The NGO trains young people to become 'actor-educators' and to use experiential theatre practices for HIV prevention and human rights. Themba works in schools, colleges, hospitals and prisons, and has helped well over 500,000 people make informed choices about their lives, their relationships and their sexual health. Themba created a unique 'up-front' interactive theatre presentation which is effective in persuading people to stay safe, and get tested for HIV.
Kim was Head of Theatre Arts at the Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa in Swaziland, and has been Head of Drama/Theatre at schools and colleges in West Sussex, where she lives.
Kim has been an actor, theatre director, journalist, public relations officer, and fundraiser. She is a voice coach and helps people prepare for speaking in public. She teaches drama and theatre skills to adults, and helps young people prepare for their auditions for drama schools.
Kim's first M.A. from the University of Sussex (1988), was in 'Women and Education'. She completed a second M.A. in 2014 in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester.
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