BA Hons Degree Politics and English York University 1986
Btec National Diploma Performing Arts Thomas Danby College 1996
Masters Degree Theatre Studies Leeds University 1997
Freelance Drama Practitioner Scunthorpe YouthTheatre 1997-1999
Sessional Drama Worker Leeds City Council 2000-2011
Freelance Drama Practitioner Lincoln Green Youth Theatre 2001-2003
Actor West Yorkshire Playhouse Schools Company 2002
Volunteer Coordinator West Yorkshire Youth Assoc. 2003-2009
Freelance Drama Practitioner Leeds City Art Gallery 2007
Artist/Storyteller I Love West Leeds Festival 2007-2013
Actor/Deviser Pacitti Company @LBT 2008
Director Life Act Open Minds Theatre Company 2009-2011
Youth Theatre Director Youth Theatres Leeds 2009-Ongoing
Activities Coordinator Caring Together 2011-2014
Coordinator Day Service Kirkgate Centre 2014-2015
Performer/Collaborator Transform 15 WYP 2015
Coordinator Cara Project Leeds Irish Health and Homes 2015-Ongoing
I work with Communities, Children and Young People in both formal and informal education settings. I use drama and storytelling techniques to explore issues and subject areas to increase participant’s understanding and interest. I design and deliver bespoke drama sessions either as a one off ‘kickstart’ to a scheme of work or as an integral part of an ongoing project.
I deliver Youth Theatre Sessions weekly in Leeds and have coordinated and directed productions in community venues, Leeds City Varieties and the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
For 14 years I delivered weekly drama sessions for Leeds Adult Services in two centres for Adults with physical and sensory disabilities, creating shows and performing at the centres and theatre venues.
I work with volunteers to design training plans to meet their needs and those of the project in hand. I recruit, support and organise volunteers to enable the realisation of community projects.
I organise, design and disperse publicity materials to recruit participants and advertise events. I am used to liaising across statutory, voluntary and community sectors in order to set up tours, shows and workshop events. I source venues; artists and funding in collaboration with group members to develop their skills for performance and for life.
I have recently delivered a series of lectures at Leeds Metropolitan University on Youth Theatre as part of their BA course in Youth And Community Work. This involved coordinating a reading list and assignments and delivering practical sessions in drama.
I was the Director of Life Act for Open Minds Theatre Company in Rotherham; Life Act is the performing company for Adults with Learning Disabilities. I trained volunteers with learning disabilities to facilitate sessions and support the actors. I also ran the community choir for families there.
My work as a writer and performer has been produced with the West Yorkshire Playhouse Touring Company and has been presented as part of Degenerate II, the disability arts festival in Edinburgh.
I believe passionately in the power of the arts to enable change in both communities and individuals; my work as a practitioner and project manager reflects and informs this passion.
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