School of Performance & Media Production
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I have been teaching in HE for 20 years at De Montfort University, the University of Hull and York St John University. Currently, I investigate the relationship between writing, play and performance. My PhD conceived a number of named performance making strategies and my thesis investigated the theories and methodologies of conceptual performance making, rethinking psychoanalysis as material and drew significantly upon play theory.
I have senior supervisor status at PhD level, and can supervise projects relating to creative writing and performance, contemporary radio playwriting, theatre making, compositional strategies, walking and performance in the arts, intermedial arts, interdisciplinary practices, new dramaturgy and more. I also lead on the MA Theatre and Performance course at YSJU.
I have developed a consistent, sustainable international creative research profile with the artist Gary Winters across an 8-year period with successful funding from Arts Council England. My intermedial work in collaboration with Gary Winters has toured, through invitation, to venues: York Theatre Royal. Dramatikkens Hus Oslo. Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Axis Arts Centre Manchester. MIT MA. State University New York. The Sibiu International Theatre Festival. The Laurence Sterne Trust at Shandy Hall. The Freud Museum London. York Art Gallery. Flux Factory Long Island City. According to McGee Gallery York. Norwich Arts Centre. The State University of Rio De Janeiro. Lord Mayors Festival Norwich. School of the Arts Institute Chicago, Defibrillator Gallery Chicago. New York University.
My international collaborative practice with Gary is intermedial in context and has high-impact public engagement value as evidenced in exhibitions, public performances and journal articles published in high quality peer reviewed journals. I have a forthcoming book publication written in collaboration with Gary Winters and through Palgrave MacMillan specifically focused on their diverse collaborations entitled: Embodying the Dead: Writing, Playing, Performing. My practice also boasts a research led teaching narrative where practice and critical reflection are an important focus of my HE engagements.
I also collaborate with Clare Qualmann of the University of East London. My work with Clare impacts significantly upon the walking artist network and beyond through their agenda on diversity, specifically bringing a writerly focus to the walking arts community where I developed the concept of the Wander Score. Through our collaboration on an AHRC funded research project spanning a 3-year period, we produced an artist book through Triarchy Press entitled Ways to Wander. This project has made international impact as a practice led example of dissemination which subsequently led to our latest edition of Ways to Wander the Gallery following an invitation to write and deliver education programs at Tate Modern London on walking arts and performance. I am regularly invited to international institutions as a guest teacher and mentor on UG and PG programs because of her practice led-research reputation.
As well as guest tutoring at the Norwegian Theatre Academy, The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and the School of the Arts Institute Chicago, I have curated several conferences establishing important partnership for YSJU. I am also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Guest Editor of Journal of Writing in Creative Practice; Writing Encounters the Self Published December 2010
Journal of adaptation in Film and performance; Paper – The practice of Adaptation, Projection and Play in Performance: June 2010
Guest editor of Journal of Writing And Creative Practice Writing Encounters within Performance and Pedagogical Practice Published September 2009 in collaboration with Professor Susan Orr.
Journal of Writing in Creative Practice; Review – York/NEW YORK. Published December 2009
I am also on the editorial board for the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice
2014 Paper: Crying, Crying, Crying, Crying ... The affective resonance and repetition of Roy Orbison in Performance. Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design Kiel, Germany, Seminar; Repetition and Affection
2013 Paper: Dream Yards - The Delusionary Archive. The Norwegian Theatre Academy Seminar; Archive and the Body
2013 Paper: The Ecologies of Kong Lear. The University of Aberystwyth. Seminar; Ecologies and Environment; Professor Carl Lavery
2012 Keynote: Kong Lear. Queen Mary, University of London. Conference: Monstrosity and the City
2012 Paper: The Kong Lear Archive. The University of Kent, TaPRA
June 2008 Conference: Adaptation in Film and Performance; Presentation of Hotel Two Rooms
September 2008 Co curator of the international symposium Writing Encounters York St John University
April 2007 Conference: Performance Studies International Becoming Uncomfortable. Presentation of Screen Test
1998 – 2006 Sibiu International Theatre Festival, Romania Cross Cultural performance project director and speaker
December 2003 Conference: University of Surrey Roehampton. Children’s Shakespeare and Shakespeare’s Children: Paper presented o Narrative Treatments of Shakespeare ‘signing The Tempest’.
July 2002 Conference; Theatre Intervention: University of Leeds Bretton Hall Campus
Paper Presented ‘PCAS models of improvisation within performance’
12 April 2002 Lucian Blaga University Sibiu, Romania – ‘Contemporary Performance Project’ lecture for undergraduate students.
August 2001- August 2002 Scarborough Project Performance Collaboration - ‘Leningrad Symphony’, ‘Joe Stalin’s empire’ and ‘Stalin’s Women’. Performed in Edinburgh, Romania and Scarborough.
May 2001 Rainbow Theatre Festival St Petersburg, Russia at TJUZ Theatre - ‘Sharing Spaces’: Workshops in physical and compositional theatre for International theatre participants, teachers and academics
Feb 2000 Rainbow Theatre Festival St Petersburg, Russia - Lecture: ‘Relationship of Arts and Education’ presented at the National Arts Academy St Petersburg