2013 – 2014 MA Performance and Visual Practices, University of Brighton, Distinction
1991 -1992 Post-Graduate Diploma in Community Theatre, University of Manchester
1988 – 1991 BA Hons Drama, Manchester University, 2:1
2006 – Present day. Freelance Facilitator, director, trainer, teacher and consultant
Teaching and training on facilitation and using theatre techniques in a range of Applied Theatre contexts. Contracts past and present include: Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan Brighton, Warwick, York St Johns and Salford Universities.
Consultancy, group work and training. Contracts past and present include: Soho Theatre, 42nd Street, Dance United, Manchester NHS, African Prison Project, Nabokov, Root Experience and Rainbow Families
Theatre and Performance Workshop Delivery. Contracts past and present include: Stockport Women’s Aid, TiPP, NACRO, Cascade Creative Recovery, Royal Exchange Theatre Company, Brighton People’s Theatre, The Lowry Theatre (Walkabout Project), Brighton Women’s Centre, Clean Break and Cheshire Dance.
2016 – 2017 Clean Break – Lead artist/ Locum Theatre Education Manager
Created, delivered and evaluated a programme of creative theatre engagement with women in PIPE units (psychologically informed planned environments) in custodial and community settings. Then took on locum role managing Clean Break’s education programme in the community.
2015 – 2016 Safe Ground – Women’s Programme Development Manager
Researched, designed and delivered a creative personal development programme for women in prison in partnership with NOVUS, prison education provider
2012 – 2013 The Men’s Room – Project Director
Chief Executive of The Men’s Room, an arts and social care charity working with young men with experience of homelessness, sex work and the criminal justice system. Overall responsibility for staff team of five, strategic and operational management.
2007 – 2012 The Men’s Room – Head of Creative Development
Responsibility for creating, delivering and managing the Men’s Room programme of artistic work and staff training. Facilitated groups of young men and also worked with staff to develop their expertise in working creatively with men.
2008 – 2011 HMP Styal/TiPP (Theatre in Prisons and Probation) – Theatre/Arts Co-ordinator
Designed and delivered a programme of artistic work at a women’s prison with a focus on theatre and creative writing. Trained Programme staff in Creative Approaches to Group work.
2010 – 2012 MASH (Manchester Action on Street Health) – Theatre tutor
Facilitated Theatre for personal development workshops with women involved in sex work.
2010 – 2013 Riverside – FACE IT Theatre Facilitator
Facilitated theatre based group work with people with experience of street homelessness.
2009 and 2010 Department of Corrections Connecticut – Visiting Artist
Trained uniformed and education staff in Non-violent Communication and creative approaches to group work. Facilitated theatre based Offending Behaviour workshops with prisoners in a range of female and male institutions.
1998-2006 TiPP (Theatre in Prisons and Probation) – Projects Director
Overall responsibility for design, delivery, budgeting and implementation of TiPP’s programme of artistic work in prisons across the North West of England, nationally and internationally. Particular focus on work with drug users, young offenders work with women and creating performances.
1996-1998 TiPP – Project Development Worker
Delivered and designed arts based programmes with adult male and female prisoners, young offenders and young people in the secure care system. Workshop topics included: Dealing with Conflict, From Wallflower to Wonderwoman, Employment Issues, Fathers and Sons, Confidence and Self Esteem and Thinking skills.
1992 – 2006 Freelance workshop leader and trainer
Organisations worked with included: City College Manchester (The Manchester College), The Big Issue, Stockport Youth Service, HMP Manchester, HMP Preston and HMP Hindley, Warwick University, York St Johns College, Arden School of Theatre, Manchester, Royal Exchange Theatre, Contact Youth Theatre, Stockport Youth Theatre and CAN (Community Arts Northwest)
Creating New Narratives: Arts in Criminal Justice Blog. https://www.artsincriminaljustice.org.uk/creating-new-narratives (2015)
With Imogen Blood: “Dealing with Drugs” in ‘Theatre Behind Bars – Prison Theatre, Theory and Practice’ Ed Michael Balfour (Intellect 2004).
With Simon Ruding: Arts with Offenders – A Discussion paper, Manchester 2002
Courses include: ASIST Suicide First AID (2016) Youth Mental Health First Aid, YMHFA (2012) Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable adults, MSCB (2012), Group Analysis Course, GAN (2008-2009) Suicide and Self Harm in Prisons, HMPS (2010) Sex workers in Prison, HMPS/MASH (2009) NLP Diploma, NLP Excellence (2010) Alternatives to Violence, AVP (2003) Advanced Level Arts of Coaching, Kaizen (2003)
2013 – Set up a series of drama workshops for people in recovery from drug and alcohol use at Cascade Creative Recovery in Brighton. Give on-going creative support for a range of projects including pantomimes and spoken word shows.
References available on request.