This week we caught up with the drama queen herself, Zoe Wiles, Head of Drama. Zoe is one of our newest members at Inspire, joining us last summer for her first ever summer school. She made a big impression on us though, and since then you might have seen her handing out biscuits and waving brochures around on our Alumni Trips. Like Sophie Chisholm, Head of Art, Zoe is also coming to the end of her Diploma in Steiner Waldorf Education, and this September she plans to venture into Primary State Education.
So let’s find out what Zoe had to say…
Zoe, describe yourself in 3 words.
Determined, meticulous and passionate.
What were you like at school?
I loved school, I loved learning. I was like a sponge and would just absorb anything I was taught. I particularly loved theatre and the outdoors – two areas where the boundaries of education were a bit more blurred and there was a sense of mystery and adventure.
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a part-time actress, part-time waitress. It sounded glamorous back then!
Who inspires you now, and why?
I’m inspired by women who are strong and push the boundaries of what that means. For example, Anna McNuff who recently ran the length of New Zealand solo. Or Carey Mulligan, the actress who seeks strong depictions of women in film and TV.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
I would like to be a female Hulk – only for mountaineering days though – so that I wouldn’t cripple under heavy rucksacks or exhaust from long hours.
Favourite English phrase?
‘Let’s play it by ear’ – I have a clear memory of asking my mum what that meant on the way to school one day; I just couldn’t get my head around it!
If you were stranded on a Desert Island, which 3 things couldn’t you live without?
My journal, my eye mask, and a huge supply of dark chocolate.
What is your greatest strength?
What is your weirdest quirk?
I talk to myself, a lot! I’ve also been known to talk in my sleep, which can be quite embarrassing…
What is your biggest fear?
Horror films – I just can’t watch them without hiding behind the sofa.
Favourite Disney character?
Anastasia from Anastasisa – I always wanted to be her when I was younger.
If you could visit a fictional place, where would you go, and why?
Narnia. My friend had a wardrobe that went into another room and I used to dream that one day, we would enter Narnia instead.
What are you most excited about for the future?
Going trekking with my mum in Torres del Paine, Patagonia. I’m proud of her already, and we haven’t started yet.
Best memory from Inspire Education?
Leading a bamboo workshop and watching the students create physical theatre without uttering a word; it was a moment of beauty.
Favourite Inspire trip?
London Dungeons! I was so scared but had so much fun, highly recommend the experience.
Favourite Inspire night?
Casino Night – it’s so nice to see everyone dressed up.
Best advice to offer prospective Inspire students?
Try and come with an open mind and adopt a positive, ‘have-a-go’ attitude. Believe me, that way you’ll have the most fun!
Finally, Lion, Tiger or Wolf?
Tyger, tyger burning bright…
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