PhD (ongoing since Jan 2015) working title: ’‘Breathing Through the Text: The Role of Breathing Work in Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Actor Training for Shakespeare’s Text’ – University of South Wales
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2018)
MA Drama (2014) – with Distinction – University of South Wales
BA (Hons) Theatre and Drama (2009) – Aberystwyth University
BTEC (HND) in Performing Arts – Colaiste Dhulaigh, Dublin – 2007
FETAC Foundation Cert in Theatre Studies – Colaiste Dhulaigh, Dublin – 2005
LAMDA Acting Medals – Bronze (2004), Silver (2005), Gold (2006)
Performance and Landscape (week long course) – Periplum Theatre Course
- Acting for Screen – Sketches Term – Actorsworkshop LLP, Cardiff
Apr – May 2013
- Acting for Screen – Trailer Term – Actorsworkshop LLP, Cardiff
Jan – Mar 2013
- Acting for Screen – Screen Academy – Actorsworkshop LLP, Cardiff
Oct – Dec 2012
- Acting for Stage – Advanced Group – Meisner Technique – Actorsworkshop LLP, Cardiff
Mar – May 2012
I teach on the BA Theatre and Drama, and the BA Performance and Media Courses
- Perspectives on Performance
- Professional Studies 1: Voice and Movement (I am co module leader for this)
- Studio Production
- Text and Performance Analysis
- Introduction to Drama, Performance and Media
- Animation and Audiobooks (performing and scripting)
- Horror Performance
- Contemporary Theatre: Text and Performance
- Society of Theatre Research
- British Shakespeare Association
- European Shakespeare Research Association
Internal within University of South Wales:
- Membership of Faculty Research Programmes Committee (FRPC)
- Membership of the University-wide Research Programmes Sub Committee (RPSC)
(with Dr Sarah Crews, USW) ‘Undisciplined Discipline: Performer Training for a New Generation’ at the 2017 TaPRA conference, University of Salford, 1st September, 2017
‘The Living, Breathing Text: Considering Breath in Speaking Shakespeare’ at the 2016 TaPRA conference, University of Bristol, 7th September 2016
‘Speaking Shakespeare: Considering Breath as a Starting Point in Creating Text-Based Performance’ at the Faculty of Creative Industries Annual Postgraduate Symposium, University of South Wales, Atrium, Cardiff. 15th June, 2015.
‘Performing Shakespeare: A research-based workshop exploring breath in speaking Shakespeare’ at the Shakespeare Recreated Conference, University of Lodz, Poland. 22-23 April, 2015.
Funding: This was fully funded by the Theatre and Media Drama Research Unit, University of South Wales (£500).
Most recent Applied Drama project work:
Project lead, director, writer, and performer: Graveyard Voices: Heritage Trail and Tales at Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff.
This project began in 2014 as a collaboration between Prof Richard Hand at USW and Cardiff Council Bereavement Services. The project has taken place each June since at the Cathays Cemetery site. In June 2016 it was also taken to the Being Human Festival (https://beinghumanfestival.org) at UCL. In 2016 the project was taken over by Denis Lennon and Dr Rob Smith. In March 2017 we started a collaboration with the newly formed Everyman Community Theatre Company’s Writer Group to provide material for the June 2017 performances.
Areas of Expertise
Voice studies, acting and actor training practices, speaking and acting Shakespeare
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