My research examines approaches to verse-speaking in contemporary British theatre practice, in particular the actor-director relationship during the rehearsal process. I am especially interested in the application of clearly defined rehearsal metholodologies and techniques, particularly those published by leading practitioners and therefore often adopted by others, and how they interact with the actor's process in constructing a performance.
Prior to starting at York I worked extensively as a freelance director across the region and beyond, and am artistic director of The Mooted Theatre Company. I've directed many productions in a variety of contexts, including 'Dead Man's Shoes', 'Taming of the Shrew', ''Tis Pity She's a Whore', 'A Life in the Theatre', 'Wealth', 'Anton's Shorts', 'Henry VI', 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', 'A Yorkshire Tragedy', 'Much Ado About Nothing', 'Four Nights in Knaresborough', 'The Dispute', 'Henry V', 'The Visit', 'The Tempest', 'Death of a Salesman', 'Ghosts', 'Macbeth', 'A Man for All Seasons', 'Romeo and Juliet', 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' and 'Whose Life is it Anyway?'.
I have also worked as a dramaturg, script reader, teacher and workshop facilitator, as well as teaching voice classes with first year BA Writing, Directing and Performance students; and have recently been appointed research student representative to the Board of Studies.