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Michelle McTernan

"My parents took me to a production of 'Godspell'...

"My parents took me to a production of 'Godspell' at Swansea Grand Theatre, I must have been about 8 years old, in the interval the audience were invited to go up onto the stage to have a glass of wine, obviously I didn't have a glass of wine but I stood on that stage. I think it was at that moment that I knew I wanted to be an actress. It was such an incredible feeling and one that I wanted to have again and again. Years later I performed at the Grand with The Swansea Operatic Society, Gendros Amateurs and Chrysalis Theatre Company. My first professional show at Swansea Grand Theatre was 'Flesh and Blood' by Helen Griffin. That show then led to me performing again in 'The Oystercasters' which is where I met my husband. This building holds so many reasons as to why I do what I do. It feels as though I've come full circle. It's very exciting"

Michelle McTernan is a professional actress who has worked extensively in theatre, TV, film and radio. Most recognised for Stella (Sky 1) The Crown (Netflix), The Revlon Girl (Olivier Award Nominated).

She is also a drama/arts practitioner, writer, tutor and community artist. In 2009 she launched her own business Jamba Drama which provides fun, dynamic drama classes/workshops for young people. Jamba Drama is about developing key skills for young children, building confidence in a fun and safe environment.

In 2012 Michelle was employed as the artistic director of The Rising Stars Theatre Co which is a disabled theatre company based in Swansea and has over 40 young members who are neurodiverse/additional learning needs. October 2015 Michelle became an acting tutor for HIJINX Academy, Carmarthen. Michelle has been a lead tutor for West Glamorgan Youth Theatre's Outreach. She has worked in various schools throughout South Wales as a drama practitioner for the Lead Creative School projects run by The Arts Council of Wales. "I'm so excited to be part of Grand Ambition. Together we can build new beginnings, spark new energy and create a space for the arts that feels like home"

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