Roberta creates and supports Theatre Arts related projects and events for people of all ages and abilities in the North Norfolk area.
She has personally been awarded project grants from Arts Council England East, Cambridge City Milennium Fund, ADAPT Milennium Fund for Best Practice in Disability Access, and Town Close Endowment Fund.
Clients, past and present, include Norwich Playhouse, York Theatre Royal and the National Deaf Children's Society. Later this year, she will be working with Sheringham Little Theatre to develop skills-based opportunities for local young people.
She hopes to link best practice in the region with national and international professional practitioners, thus enabling greater opportunites for local talents and skills to shine.
Roberta trained as an actor in New York City. In 1987, she began writing drama for children while she was Head of Drama at Beeston Hall prep school. She also worked with Cicely Berry at the RSC during that time. She wrote the libretto for Around The World in 80 Days, which saw productions staged at Buxton Opera House and Liverpool Playhouse in 1990-91. In 1992, Roberta co-created the current Theatre Education M.A. at Goldsmiths' College using the newly opening Norwich Playhouse as a pilot scheme. She joined the English Shakespeare Company to develop Shakespeare workshops as SATs tests were first introduced and also led Shakespeare teachers' workshops for Goldsmiths' and the Arts Council in Slovakia. In 1994, she created the post of Education and Community Manager at Norwich Playhouse, moving to the Cambridge Arts Theatre in 1998, where her remit covered theatre-linked education, community projects, Customer Care, Access and also managing the Corpus Playroom studio theatre for Cambridge University. She created the Arts Theatre's ground-breaking Deaf and Hearing summer school, which ran for 8 years before moving to York Theatre Royal in 2006. Roberta is a Bronze and Silver Arts Awards assessor for the region.