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PhD Approaches to Multimedia Theatre: Theory, Practice, Pedagogy, University of Glamorgan, 2011
Further and Adult Education Teaching Certificate, Barry College, 2001
BA (Hons) Drama, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1996


Dr. Jodie Allinson is a lecturer in Drama in the Faculty of Creative Industries, University of South Wales, where she teaches both practical and theoretical classes in twentieth and twenty-first century performance at undergraduate and masters level. Jodie is also the current Course Leader for the MA Drama. In 2011 Jodie completed a PhD entitled Approaches to Multimedia Theatre: Theory, Practice, Pedagogy, in which she wrote about the creative and training processes of practitioners working across the disciplines of theatre, dance and video, as well as the pedagogy of interdisciplinary performance practice. Since completing her PhD her research themes have been interdisciplinary working practices, the nature and process of artistic collaboration, disability and performance. multimedia theatre practice, storytelling and autobiographical performance, theatre and ecology, performance and landscape, and teaching strategies for dyslexia. Underpinning all of these areas is a broader investigation into the interconnected relationship between language, cognition, body and space, as evident in the learning processes and development of performers and artists. She is a member of the Theatre, Media and Drama Research group and the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations. Jodie is also a recipient of USW-initiated Excellence in Learning and Teaching Awards, in 2008 and 2012 for Research-Informed teaching, and in 2013 for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Practice


2011-present: Full-time lecturer in Drama, University of South Wales
2001-2011: Part-time lecturer in Drama, University of Glamorgan
1998-2003: Freelance drama facilitator in a variety of settings including youth and community groups, theatres, schools, playschools and festivals.
2001-2003: Community Education Facilitator, Learning for Life, Llamau, Cardiff
1999-2001: Volunteer Coordinator, Penarth Youth Project, Penarth
1997-2001: Community Drama Trainer, Cardiff Youth Forum Theatre

Jodie has also worked as a performer, devisor and director on a range of projects since 1997. She has trained in disciplines such as aerial performance, burlesque, authentic movement, Commedia dell’Arte, and Forum Theatre, and with practitioners and comapnies such as Andrea Olsen, Caryn McHose, Ailsa Richardson, Volcano Theatre, Uhhuh Dance, Andrew Morrish, Gekidan Kaitaisha, Hijinx Theatre, Theatre de Complicite and DAH Theatre.


Course Leader MA Drama
Module Leader for Research Project and Theatre and Citizenship (both 3rd year BA) and Reflective Practice 1 (MA).
Development of and leading modules in Performance and Landscape.
Development and leading extra-curricular workshops for students with dyslexia, exploring ways of utilising performance-making strategies when working with written language and theory.


Allinson, J. (2015) ‘Knowledge and Movement’, The Sensorial Object

Allinson, J. (2014) ‘Training Strategies for Performance and Landscape: Resisting the Late-Capitalist Metaphor of Environment as Consumable Resource’, Theatre Dance and Performance Training

Allinson, J. (2011) ‘Tracing the Interdisciplinary Practitioner: A Case Study of Eddie Ladd’, Cyfrwng: Media Wales Journal, Vol 8

Allinson, J., Carklin, M. and Smith, R. (2011) ‘Audience Journeys Through Multiple Stories: Adapting King Oedipus for Performance’, Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, 4:1, pp 69-92

Eccentric Movement: New Welsh Review 75, Spring 2007

Cross-Media Audience Experience: Objectivity Through Subjectivity:
Body Space Technology 06/02, Brunel University

‘(Re)defining performer training for the transformed body’ TaPRA Performer Training Working Group event Embodied/Embodying Performer Training: Practices and Practicalities, Cardiff 2019

‘Body as Home/Language as Refuge: telling stories to return to the body after a stroke’, ‘Storytelling for Refuge/Storytelling as Refuge’ symposium, George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, Cardiff 2018

‘My Mother’s Hand as a Bird’: Performance and chaired discussion. Storytelling and Health conference, Swansea University, July 2017

Cultivating the Ecological Body: Performance and Landscape Practices and the Processes of Attunement, Spaces of Attunement: Life, Matter & the Dance of Encounters Symposium: Cardiff University 2015

Pooling Perspectives: Performing ecology and the ecology of performance in/as film installation, PSi18, University of Leeds 2012

Training the Interdisciplinary Performer, TAPRA conference, University of Glamorgan 2010

Maps and Guides: Marking and Subverting Space in a Production of King Oedipus, Sites of Performance: Mapping/Theatre/History: An Interdisciplinary Conference, 2-4 April, 2009, University of Nottingham. Co-presented with Michael Carklin.

Audience Journeys Through Multiple Stories: Adapting King Oedipus for Performance, Cultures of Translation: Adaptation in Film and Performance conference, 26-28 June 2008, University of Glamorgan, Cardiff. Co-presented with Michael Carklin.

Experimenting with Oedipus: Nurturing Learning and Discovery with Tertiary Drama Students, Drama Australia, 9-11 May 2008, Adelaide. Co-written with Michael Carklin.

Training the Multimedia Theatre Practitioner: Working with Space: Postgraduate Conference, University of Glamorgan, May 2008

Where the Performer Meets the Image: Approaches to Training in Multimedia theatre: International and Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Changing Body in Training and Performance, University of Exeter, January 2006

Embodied Knowledge and the Cross-disciplinary Performer: Postgraduate Conference, University of Glamorgan November 2005

A History of Burst Theatre: Articulate Practitioner Conference, Aberystwyth University, July 2005

Cultivating the Liminal Body: Performer, Space, Projection symposium, University of Glamorgan, June 2005

Your Body Is (Not) My Body: Resisting Gender Specificity in the Search for the ‘Other’ in Performance: Interdisciplinary Landscapes: Postfeminist Practices in the Arts, University of Northampton, November 2004

Cross-Media Audience Experience: Objectivity Through Subjectivity: Journeys Across Media Forum, University of Reading, April 2004


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the University Learning, Teaching and Professional Standards group
Member of The Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations
Member of the Music, Media and Drama Research Group
Member of the George Ewart Evans Storytelling Centre


2012-2015 External Examiner, FdA Theatre Media Performance, University of Plymouth


Recent Projects:

2017 – now: Ongoing research into Storytelling, performance and stroke rehabilitation.

2016: Dream Audience – participant with Emily Underwood-Lee in a five month performance research project with Karen Christopher (previously Goat Island), part of DIY 13 funded by the Live Art Agency

2016: Creative Collaborator as part of Caroline Sabin’s Creative Wales award

2015: Body, Metaphor and Landscape: a four month research project working both inside and outdoors with Yoga and Movement practitioners, to share knowledge and explore working practices

Jan. 2013-2015: Body, Space Language – a research, learning and teaching project exploring alternative approaches to working with dyslexia. This project works with students as co-researchers to develop new knowledge into how performance and improvisation techniques can be applied to learning theory and developing fluency in academic language, University of Glamorgan: CELT funded project. The first year of the project worked with Drama students, the second year worked with both Drama and Music students from all years. New strategies for approaching research and learning were then applied to formal teaching situations outside the project, and findings were shared with colleagues throughout the School through research seminars.

In and Between, Cross-Faculty RIS funded project exploring the intersections between film, performance, and creative and critical writing. The project ran between May 2011 and Oct 2012, and led to the creation of On Vocation, a film installation piece co-created with Inga Burrows and screened at Whirley Gig Cinema London 2012; Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, 2013; National Eisteddfod, Denbigh, 2013.

Postgraduate supervision:
Sean Tuan John (PhD) The counter aesthetics of ‘uglyism’ in relation to contemporary dance and performance

Areas of Expertise

Performance and Landscape
Theatre and Ecology
Multimedia Performance
Cross-disciplinary Performance
Pedagogy of Performance
Somatic practices
Collaborative working practices
Autobiographical Storytelling
Performance and Illness
Alternative approaches to working with dyslexia

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