I am committed to using theatre and the arts as a tool for social change, personal development and education. After graduating from the BA Hons in Drama, Theatre and Television Studies from the University of Winchester, I have been working across Hampshire delivering theatre and arts workshops across a range of communities and with many external agencies. Practising as a professional youth worker, arts practitioner, woodland arts facilitator and community theatre director, I have found a passion for working in collaboration with communities to devise new pieces of theatre and visual arts.
I am the co-founder and project manager of Spinney Hollow, a 10 acre semi-ancient woodland project, specialising in rural craft and outdoor theatre, that provides opportunities for emerging theatre companies and new audiences to gather. In addition, I sing with a small trio of voices and often compose original music for devised community performances with and for the participants.
I am also undertaking an MA in Applied Theatre at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama to further my CPD.
Since graduating from university my passions have led me to work within communities across Hampshire delivering personal development, drama and preventative work with vulnerable young people. I spent 5 years working on the front line as a development tutor for Fairbridge, an independent charity for inner city youth, later becoming The Princes Trust. My focus with this post was personal development through drama projects, this saw me direct issue based theatre for the National Theatre and win awards for short films.
A key focus for me is outdoor learning and during my career I have become a qualified instructor in cliff jumping, archery, climbing and axe throwing which I continue to teach on a freelance basis. I deliver bush craft survival courses and wild camping skills with the New Forest Outdoor Centre. Working with Spinney Hollow I teach green wood workshops, touring with them to festivals throughout England.
Performance is my passion and makes up a big part of who I am. I regularly perform in theatre, film and street performance and now occasionally guest lecture at Winchester University. I currently perform and write for an immersive theatre group called ‘Me and my friend Craig’. One of my proudest achievements has been writing and directing a large scale immersive theatre show called ‘Purgatory: a guided tour’ in a derelict courthouse.
Thoughts can be things! Having co-founded Bearface Theatre CIC in 2012, my intention is to bring about cultural action and social change through developing and delivering creative and inclusive projects that use the arts as a catalyst to evoke conversation and debate. Working as an applied theatre practitioner, producer and project manager, I am able to continue to drive forward my vocation to champion the arts as education.
After graduating with a BA Hons in Drama, Theatre and Television Studies from the University of Winchester, I travelled to various corners of the world including South East Asia, where I taught English to children and adults in the jungles of Borneo, Malaysia. More recently I lived and worked with an Aboriginal community, the Adnyamathanha people, up in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. I also have experience working on a programme in Melbourne, designed to support female street sex workers off road into a more positive life cycle.
My career background has been rich, varied and professionally focused on supporting people to move forward in their personal progression. I have developed, delivered and managed various training programmes for the employability sector in Slough, Berkshire and Hackney, East London.
As part of the Spinney Hollow team, I have created a small off-shoot called ‘Wren and Bee’ running workshops making willow hedgerow headdresses and seasonal wreaths, touring festivals with the Spinney crew throughout the summer.
To further enhance my CPD I am studying an MA in Applied Theatre at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.