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Tammy originally started her career as an actress growing up in the National Youth Theatre, and training at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, then later at The Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. As a performer her work has consisted of an exciting blend of theatre, film and television roles, working for the BBC, National Theatre, and at the Hackney Empire amongst others.

Tammy moved into directing in 2005 with Andersen's Women, a one-woman show she co-directed whilst living in New York, and made her directorial debut for The Scenic Route in 2008 with The Big Ending for which she won the LOST Theatre's award for 'Best Direction'.

Tammy directs and coaches actors on the BA and Foundation courses at Italia Conti and has also been a core tutor on the Foundation Course in Acting at Arts Educational Schools, London, a visiting coach at Central School of Speech and Drama, and a regular director at Identity School of Acting, alonside other FE and HE Institutions.

For The Scenic Route ,Tammy, as its founder, has produced and directed The Big Ending, You Beautiful Ewe, The Shoes (currently in development), and several cabarets.

Tammy has a passion for children's theatre and has directed and created numerous productions starring children for a number of London's leading drama providers, for whom she continues to direct and lead workshops. In addition she writes theatre and nonsense literature for children and is represented by David Higham Associates for her literary work.

 

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Haf graduated from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) and has since performed in numerous productions.

She has most recently been working for the Young Shakespeare Company as an actress and a storyteller, appearing in several productions.  Roles include The Nurse in Romeo & Juliet, Titania & Snug in A Midsummer Night's Dream and, by far her favourite, Olivia in Twelfth Night.  She also runs residencies and storytelling workshops for YSC in schools across the UK, and also works as a Youth Theatre Assistant for the New Wimbledon Theatre.

As well as her love for Shakespeare, Haf has a real passion for music and adores singing - you can very rarely get her to stop!

Haf came to The Scenic Route as one of the original sheep in You Beautiful Ewe and made herself so invaluable she never left!

Who we are

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Tammy Mendelson

Artistic Director

Haf Gardner

Production Associate

The Scenic Route work closely with an ever changing team meeting the needs of the project in hand - please view our project pages for more details.