Galia Manicom came to drama teaching via a circuitous route, starting as an Electron Microscopist, moving to event management for a teacher-outreach programme, before finally qualifying as a drama teacher. But throughout all of her working career, she has been involved, in some way, with the dramatic arts – acting; writing and directing plays; organising Eisteddfods and drama coaching.
Children are natural dramatists, but life has a way of curtailing that, so her ultimate aim is to develop self-confidence, which, in turn, can aid all facets of a child’s education and general life. By tapping into their natural abilities, imagination and enthusiasm, drama can enhance learning without the children even being aware that they are ‘working’.
Galia was born in Egypt to Russian parents, is married to a South African and together, they have raised three beautiful children. Her interests include geology, gardening, collecting books and, of course, any form of theatre. She lived in Nelspruit for many years and is now finally living her dream of a home by the sea.
She is looking forward to introducing this year’s children to the many delights and benefits of drama.