Alumni Business Person of the Year entrant – Mel Osborne

Alumni Business Person of the Year entrant – Mel Osborne
Posted on 27.02.24
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Alumni Business Person of the Year entrant – Mel Osborne

Mel Osborne has created a business that not only fits around her family’s needs but combines her experience of working in social care with her love of drama.

The 47-year-old moved to Stoke-on-Trent in 1995 to study Film, TV and Radio at Staffordshire University then went back to Staffs Uni in her 30s to study Social Work.

Now a freelance creative, she combines both those areas of study in her work as an actor, drama teacher and the owner of The Little Fidgit Theatre Company.

The mum-of-two often works with schools, community groups such as The Indi Club and has a particular specialism in working with adults and children with learning disabilities.

“I’ve definitely got a good understanding of special educational needs because of both personal and work experience,” said Mel, who is based in Sneyd Green. “I’m now planning to run workshops for support workers so they can understand the benefits of drama for the people they work with.”

Keen to ensure drama is available to as many people as possible, she is also setting up a drama group for home educated children.

Mel’s Little Fidgit Theatre Company takes its name from her observation that young children often find it difficult to sit still while watching theatre performances.

“What I offer is an immersive and interactive puppet theatre,” she said. “I let the children play with the puppets and get involved in the storytelling. I never tell them not to touch.

Mel added: “I’ve engineered a career around my kids and their various appointments that involves doing things I love, is of service to the community and brings people together.

“I made the decision that I wasn’t going to do any job that I hate, so that means I love everything I do.”

Mel has entered the Alumni Business Person of the Year category of the Staffordshire University Business Awards.

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