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Staff Profile

Jules Dorey Richmond

Joint Course Lead (MA Applied Theatre) and Senior Lecturer

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My background is in art and social context, specialising in sculptural installations, artists books and collaborative performance-making. I am fiercely committed to making work drawn from the auto/biographical - framing and connecting what impels my arts practice to a larger field of feminist thinking and wondering.

I have made a diverse range of performance and art works with, for and by various communities throughout Britain and Northern Europe. These range from large-scale out-door spectaculars, to happenings & interventionist works for night-clubs, parks, the streets, museums and cafes through to small-scale touring shows, performance installations, film works and gallery pieces. I was co-artistic director of Clanjamfrie from 1989 to 1997, a Glasgow-based performance group, and have worked extensively with my long-term collaborator David Richmond, most notably on the Theatre as Witness series of works with veterans, witnesses and survivors of WW2.

For the past 10 years I have worked as a collaborating artist alongside my colleague Rachel Conlon creatively working-up and delivering NSPCC commissions to young people, and as an artist and facilitator working with women On the Out, which is part of the York St John Prison Partnership Project. 


I teach across the undergraduate programme, I am level 5 lead and co-lead on the MA Applied Theatre course.

I traditionally teach on the following BA modules: 

  • Ensemble (level 4)
  • A/B Performance (level 5)
  • Children and Young People (level 5)
  • Performance in Social Context (level 5)
  • Independent Practice (IP) (level 6)
  • Companies 1 and 2 Commissions and Realisation (level 6)
  • Applied Theatre Practices (level 7)
  • Applied Theatre Independent Project (level 7)


My current research is situated between 2 bodies of on-going collaborative, socially engaged practice:

It's Not OK and It's Not Love with my colleague Rachel Conlon, the NSPCC and City of York Safeguarding Children Partnership, which focus on healthy and unhealthy relationships and staying safe. Both It's Not OK and It's Not Love are Theatre in Education (TIE) plays and interactive workshops accompanied by films and teaching resources available free of charge on the NSPCC's online digital learning platform: Resources for It's Not Love launch in 2024.

Delivering, on the York St John Prison Partnership Project On the Out initiative, weekly drop-in creative arts sessions for women at risk, in partnership with Changing Lives. This on-going weekly arts provision aims to foster community and personal connections, build confidence, raise self-esteem, and enhance recovery through creative engagement.

These projects, supported by York St John University's Institute for Social Justice, are part of an on-going research inquiry into the efficacy of the arts to engender personal and societal change.