stephanie schonfield

Stephanie Schonfield

Facilitator for Diversity, Communication Skills and Actor

Training and Education

After graduating in English and Drama (BA Hons) from Goldsmiths, University of London, Stephanie trained to be an actor at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. She recently enhanced her training skills by completing a Masters Degree in Training and Coaching, for which she gained a Distinction, at the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London.

Career

Stephanie has acted extensively both on screen and stage for 20 years, and has just finished filming a guest role in Holby City. Other television work includes regular, long-term characters in Hollyoaks, Emmerdale, Harry Enfield and The Darling Buds of May with Catherine Zeta Jones and David Jason. She has also played guest leading parts, most recently, in BAFTA Award-winning The Bill and Doctors. Stephanie has appeared in many other shows, including Casualty and Rumpole of The Bailey.

Films include Disney’s Great Expectations, starring Anthony Hopkins.

On stage Stephanie has played seasons at Leicester and Perth reps in a variety of productions, ranging from Greek Comedy (Lysistrata) to panto. Other theatre includes a No 1 tour of Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell, directed by Ned Sherrin, and lead character Susy in Wait Until Dark, directed by Giles Croft at the Watford Palace Theatre. Stephanie has also appeared in diverse plays at the Edinburgh Festival, the London Fringe and for her own Young People’s Theatre Company.

Between acting roles, Stephanie has worked for charities such as The Samaritans, Crisis, The Coronary Prevention Group and Quit, where she co-ordinated health campaigns, trained, offered phone counselling and face-to-face counselling. She also liaised with the charities’ corporate clients. Her remit further included press release and document writing. For this she drew on her previous experience as a journalist.

Stephanie has a personal interest in diversity, demonstrated by her charity work with the socially excluded and marginalised. Through the medium of theatre, her empathetic manner helps clients appreciate that rather than engendering fear, difference can contribute significantly to the success of organisations.


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