Senior Lecturer in Theatre
An experienced performer, director and facilitator for theatre
in youth and community settings, Kay Hepplewhite has particular
research interests in the application of social theatre techniques
with young people and women. She has presented at national and
international events including Women Playwrights International
conference, Manila, Philipines 2003 and Women Writing for
Performance Symposium, Lancaster May 2006, Feminism and Popular
Culture, Newcastle June 2007.
Presentations at 2009, 2010, 2011
TaPRA Theatre and Performance Research Association national
conferences and PSi Performance Studies International
Kay was a CETL Research Fellow with
the C4C Collaborating for Creativity project 2007-09 and has
been a YSJ Teaching Fellow since 2010. She has authored and managed
a Collaborative Curriculum Project Award for Digital Image
Reflection project and a Curriculum Project Award for Employability
Reflective Practitioner project and Student as Research Assistant
project, Video Reflection in Practitioner Learning.
Kay convened a national symposium, Alchemists
at Work June 2012 which brought together practitioners, academics
and postgraduates to explore Applied Theatre Practice. Details and
video from the event can be found at:
Kay worked as a performer, devisor and workshop leader in
Community Theatre, Theatre in Education and within youth work
settings before becoming a lecturer. She was a research associate
at Northumbria University and has an MA (Dist.) in Theatre and
Performance Practice and is currently studying for a PhD in Drama
at Manchester University. She directed recent youth
performance commissions for Sage Gateshead, Northern Stage, and
Northern TUC Youth Forum and is currently co-director of The Guild
of Lillians production company.
In the summer of 2010 Kay directed YSJ's performance for the
waggon plays for York Mystery Cycle, 'Abraham and Isaac'.
Kay teaches applied and community theatre modules for the BA
Theatre and MA Applied Theatre.