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    I am an academic and theatre director currently based at Coventry University. I studied English Literature and Language at Queen's University Belfast before going on to complete a PhD in Theatre and Media at the University of Ulster researching self-referential/self-reflexive dramaturgy, especially the concept of the 'play within a play', tracing the history of this phenomenon and exploring whether we can trace a continuity in this device throughout a variety of historical periods and contrasting genres.

     In 1990, after working for some time as a freelance actor, I co-founded Sightlines Theatre Company, Belfast and worked with this company as Artistic Director for six years mixing multimedia with live performance in a variety of touring productions. During this period, I continued to work as a freelance actor, writer and director with numerous theatre companies throughout Northern Ireland and as a writer/performer for BBC Radio Ulster as well as part time teaching at the University of Ulster.

    From 1997 onwards, I became Strand Leader in Drama at the University of Birmingham, moving on to become Course Director of the BA Drama Studies degree at Bath Spa University in 2006. From 2007, I have been working as Senior Lecturer/Assistant Professor on the BA Theatre and Professional Practice and Acting: Stage and Screen degrees at Coventry University. My duties there have included the writing and administration of modules and degree programmes, timetabling and room booking, quality assurance and monitoring, recruitment/retention and supervising HPL staff. I have experience in setting up and delivering COIL projects and have undertaken training through the Erasmus+ Scheme in collaborative Online International Learning and Cross-Cultural Dialogue Facilitation. I have also organized and led field trips to Paris to visit the Palais Garnier, Theatre De L’Ouvre and Theatre De La Ville, Copenhagen (Betty Nansen Teatret), Stockholm (Riksteatern and Kulturhuset), Prague (National Theatre) as well as several trips to Finland, Poland and Hong Kong to perform and conduct joint workshops.

    Having worked as a director for many years in ‘conventional’ theatre, I developed an interest in the interactions between performer and audience in the live event, most especially ‘self referential’ and post modernist theatre and this fascination with the ‘live’ event eventually became entwined with our ideas of ‘liveness’ in digital spaces, especially those spaces that are separated both geographically and temporally. I have been developing skills as a multimedia director and recently worked as Director/Script Editor on the pilot for a Netflix Series, ‘Pigeons” filmed in Cluj-Napoca, Romania in January 2022 and currently in editing for a 2023 release.

    I am currently engaged in a long-term research project in conjunction with the University of Tampere, Finland, using videoconferencing technology, bespoke network connections, rear-projection and immersive sound design to create immersive rehearsal spaces andhave performed and collaborated with Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan (Poland), Gothenburg Theatre Academy (Sweden), University of the Arts, Helsinki (Finland) and Purdue University (US) using this system.

    This project was the recipient of a Gold Award (Arts and Humanities) from Reimagine Education in 2016 and in December 2018 it received the Gold Award for best Arts and Humanities project and the Gold for Hybrid Learning at the 2018 Reimagine Education awards and was one of the 10 highest scoring projects out of 1,184 entries. In 2020 it was awarded the Internationalisation Award in the Guardian University Awards and was Highly Commended in the 2018 Times Higher Education Awards.

    Since 2018, I have been collaborating with Anillla CuItural (Uruguay/Mexico/Brazil - as part of their Co-Creation Lab and was also awarded an E-Culture Award from this organisation in 2021 for my work mentoring groups and individuals in performance and rehearsal with advanced networks and remote technologies. 

    I am a member of the Nordic Centre for Digital Presence ( and sit on the organising committee for Network Performing Arts Production Workshop ( Both organisations facilitate outreach to new user communities in the arts and humanities particularly by demonstrating the use of research and education networks in supporting real-time musical, dance, and theatre performance/education. My role is to Identify and support these communities, creating opportunities for collaboration between research and education networks and cultural institutions across the Global R&E community.  Since 2020 I have also been appointed as a senior judge for the Reimagine Education Awards, specialising in the Arts and Humanities and Hybrid Learning categories.

    Research Interests

    Directing ; Robert Wilson ; Actor-Training ; Bertolt Brecht ; Thornton Wilder ; American Theatre ; Renaissance Theatre ; Theatre History and Theory ; Contemporary Irish Theatre ; Early 20th Century German Theatre, Telepresence, Distance Learning, Virtual Mobility

    Education/Academic qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate, PGCE in Secondary Drama, University of Wales


    Award Date: 12 Jul 2007

    Doctorate, English, Media and Theatre, Ulster University


    Award Date: 22 Nov 2006

    Degree, BA(Hons) English Language and Literature, Queen's University Belfast


    Award Date: 22 Jun 1989

    External positions

    External Examiner, Newman University

    1 Jan 20201 Jan 2024

    External Examiner, Newcastle College


    External Examiner, Lancaster University



    • PR English literature
    • Theatre
    • Telepresence
    • Shakespeare
    • Brecht
    • Wilder
    • Distance Learning
    • Rehearsal
    • Directing


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