Dr Matthew Reason
Head of Programme, MA Studies in Creative Practice
Dr Matthew Reason is a Reader in
Theatre, Teaching Fellow and Head of Programme for MA
Studies in Creative Practice at York St John University.
Matthew is a researcher and theatre
ethnographer, whose work explores audiences, liveness, performance
representation and documentation and reflection. He is also
interested in cultural policy, children's theatre, dance, live
art and new playwriting.
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.
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. 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.
Kay teaches applied and community theatre modules
for the BA Theatre and MA Applied Theatre.
Dr Nick Rowe
Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Health
Dr Nick Rowe has a background in psychiatric
nursing and is a state registered dramatherapist. He teaches in the
Faculty of Arts and in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.
Nick recently published Playing the Other: dramatising personal
narratives in playback theatre. Nick has a particular interest in
theatre work with people who use mental health services and is
working closely with local NHS mental health providers. He is a
performing member of Playback Theatre York, a theatre company which
performs throughout the North of England.
Research interests include an investigation into
the impact of courses in theatre offered to mental health service
users at the university, a study into the use of Yorkshire Film
Archive (YFA) material in a local hospice (funded by the YFA) and
an investigation into the lived experience of haemodialysis
patients participating in art-work.
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