Kelly McManus graduated from Dartington College of Arts with a degree in Theatre Arts. She then studied at Middlesex University and GITIS Academy in Moscow, where she gained her masters degree in theatre directing. She has combined her knowledge and experience as a director with her passion for education and teaching. She has been a head of drama in a number of schools across the south of England as well as being an advanced skills teacher. She works extensively training teachers and as an advisor for Reading University PGCE drama course. She is currently a deputy leader of expressive arts and associate director of Initial Teacher Training, studying for an EdD (Doctorate in Education) at Bath University and continues to work as a freelance director.