I am a passionate performance maker and specialist in devised theatre. My practice focuses on social narratives, using innovative techniques to create metaphors that audiences will identify with and learn from. My interest and research into topical themes informs the programme of content in many of my projects. In 2012 I graduated from Dartington College of Arts with a degree in devised theatre. The focus of this course was to create contemporary performances through democratic collaboration within a group of other performance makers. Much of this work was interdisciplinary, working with fine artists, musicians, choreographers and writers as well as theatre makers. The work produced was varied, in the form of theatre shows, site-specific performances, performance art, and installation art. In the past two years I have continued this approach to my work and have actively championed making work through the ethos of skill sharing through collaboration.
Upon graduating I was awarded a grant from Falmouth University to develop my own theatre company, Tumbling Hat Theatre. The grant support period lasted a year, within which myself, and the others in my company, further developed our performances and arranged a regional tour of this work. We also worked closely with the Curriculum Outreach Programme at Falmouth University to deliver workshops in schools and sixth forms throughout Cornwall, focusing on team building skills and performance making through autobiographical material and collaboration.
Since returning to the east-midlands, I have developed my professional practice by working with several Nottingham-based arts organisations. Most notably the Lakeside Arts Centre, where I have been assistant directing the 14+ youth theatre for the past year. I have recently been appointed Director there for the spring term 2015. Throughout this year I have also been working with New Perspectives as part of their Emerging Perspectives Programme 2013/14, during which I, alongside other performers and writers, created 4 short plays. These plays were then toured to venues in the region, which included the Guildhall Theatre in Derby, Create Theatre in Mansfield and the Lakeside Arts Centre in Nottingham. In addition, I was part of the management team for the National Student Drama Festival in April this year where I was responsible for supporting the running of venues, front of house, workshops, finance and logistics, as well as more specifically taking on assistant duties to the show selectors.
Currently I am collaborating on a theatre project with a group of local performance makers for which shows are booked at the Nottingham New Theatre in January. I am also working with the Malt Cross in Nottingham to help develop their new Arts Programme. This will include the running of one off skills-based workshops next year as well as a 3-month project-based programme from July-Sept, which will be open to adults, children and families.
In 2015 I have other solo projects planned.