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    Applied Theatre, Arts Council Policy, Post War British Drama

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    Research Interests

    My research areas are in Post-war British drama with a focus on cultural policy, new writing development and applied theatre. Research interests include: the impact of the Arts Council of Great Britain on the development of post war British Theatre; regional theatre and its relationship to place-making and civic culture; community theatre and cultural democracy; theatre, children and creativity.


    I have been Senior Lecturer in Theatre at Coventry University since 2016, and currently teach on the BA Professional Theatre Practice and the MA Collaborative Theatre-Making (Frantic Assembly). I am Course Director of a new degree programme:  BA Theatre-Making and Young People that has been written in association with four theatre companies that specialize in theatre with, by, and for young people. 

    I have over twenty years experience of managing and facilitating arts education projects in the cultural industries, and have worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Theatre Museum (Victoria and Albert Museum), Pegasus Theatre in Oxford, and as a freelance director, playwright, and theatre-maker. 

    Vision Statement

    Having come into academia from the theatre industry, I want to forge closer relationships between HEIs and the industry. I believe there is huge potential for collaboration in both teaching and research. I am keen that my research can help inform and contribute to current debates on cultural policy, and creativity in Education. I strongly believe that good quality creative education must be central to our education system with opportunities for creativity to be developed across the school curriculum.

    PhD Project

    My thesis, Taking Control of the Reins: The Arts Council of Great Britain and New Writing Development in Post-War British Theatre, 1945-1990, examines the genesis, historical development, and efficacy of the Arts Council of Great Britain’s policy for new writing over this period. It identifies a causal link between the methods by which new writing has been funded and assessed, and the output in the repertoire of post-war British theatre, and contains a regional case study of the development of theatre in the North East of England.  It was written as part of a five year AHRC funded collaboration between the University of Reading and the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Theatre and Performance archive.


    Publication as a monograph forthcoming - Palgrave Macmillan (2021)

    Master's Project

    Studied on the M.A. in Playwriting at University of Birmingham.

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    External positions

    I represent the HE sector on the Steering Committee for the Coventry Cultural Educational Partnership

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