I am an academic and theatre practitioner who makes performances with community groups. At Central, I am a principal lecturer in Applied Theatre, teaching on both the BA Drama, Applied Theatre and Education and the MA Applied Theatre courses. After studying at Middlesex University, I worked as a drama teacher in a further education college as well as in schools and prisons. I have also taught at both Buckingham Chiltern University College and Royal Holloway University of London as well as at Central on the PGCE.
My research and practice focuses on theatre that invites the possibility of change, both in contemporary plays and in participatory performance. My doctoral thesis looked at the representation of dysfunctional families on the British stage between 1993 and 2001. As a practitioner, I work in prison settings, youth theatres, and with young people living in adverse conditions both in the UK and internationally. Current projects include work with communities who have experienced homelessness in India and New York and also those in the prison system in England and in Malta.
I have given keynotes and lectures about my research at Central St Martins, London, The National Institute for Performing Arts and Music, Barcelona, Westminster College, Utah, The Korean University of the Arts and The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. In 2014 I was awarded funding from Creative Works London to work with Clean Break on a research project investigating and evaluating the success of their work with women who have experience of the criminal justice system. I am currently working on research projects in partnership with both Synergy Theatre Project and Islington Community Theatre. I am also part of the steering committee for The National Alliance for Arts on the Criminal Justice System and in 2016 delivered a lecture for them at The Southbank, London, on International Prison Theatre Practices.
I supervise and examine PhD projects on contemporary British theatre, and in a range of applied theatre contexts that include work with those who have experience of the criminal justice system, marginalised youth and street dwellers.
2017. 'Finding a Concrete Utopia in the Dystopia of a 'sub-city' Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 22.1
2015. ‘A Pedagogy of Utopia’ Research In Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 20.3. pp 413-416.
2013. ‘International collaborations: A Theatre for Social Justice project in the UK’ with Catherine McNamara. In Theatre of Social Justice: Collaborating to Create Activist Theatre, edited by Norma Bowles, and Daniel Nadon (Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press), pp 174-185.
I am an advisor and partner in Crossing Bridges a project that brings together the youth of Covenant Houses’ New York homeless shelter and Broadway artists, twice a year to make theatre:
Since 2007 I have worked closely with Divya Bhatia, a partner in India to support projects with several schools, NGOs, and disadvantaged youth in Mumbai and in Delhi at a care home for young women. One of the projects in India that takes place with young slum dwellers in Dharavi was the subject of an article in The Times Higher Education Supplement and accompanying podcast. In 2016 this project was nominated for The Times Higher Education award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. Since 2015 I have been an advisor on the development of a PG Cert in Applied Theatre at The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Find out more about Concrete Utopias in Dharavi.
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