Examines the movement-graphing work of Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey (in particular, instantaneous photography and chronophotography) and its consequences for performing arts. Focuses on the practices of theatre and film makers in France and Russia from the mid-1880s to the late 1920s. Explores interconnecting interdependencies - science, politics, social sciences, industry and arts - in development of performance styles and practice.
Supervisor: Kristyn Gorton. Start date of part-time programme: January 2011.
Theatre Director / dramaturg: created devised and scripted work for professional, touring and building-based theatre companies in the UK and Europe. Performance sites ranged from streets to grass fields to parks (with and without staging apparatus); from village halls to fully equipped theatres.
Workshop leader: developed and delivered workshop programmes in a range of skills (including clowning, commedia del’arte, mask work, mime, movement for theatre, devising) for professional performers, schools, universities and groups of all ages and levels of experience.
Grants: successful bids for Arts Council funding for a number of small-scale tours; also raised private sponsorship from companies, institutions and individuals.
Further professional training: with Philippe Gaulier and Monika Pagneux (directing, clowning, “le jeu”) in France and the UK; also in the UK, workshop courses with Mike Leigh (devising) and Frankie Armstrong (voice).
Journalism: arts and culture articles and reviews published in national newspapers (The Times, The Sunday Times, The Scotsman, The Observer). Writing on other subjects for variety of magazines and national newspapers. As a senior editor on national newspapers commissioned arts reviews, features (across a spectrum of subjects) and new music. Currently, out-of-London theatre reviewer for The Observer.
Volunteering: Zaire / Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda: theatre classes; language classes (fully trained in TESOL); administrative assistance, health centres; advocacy for nutrition programmes. Successful fund-raising (grants and private donations) for health and education projects, also for women’s co-operatives.
Rwanda: assisted women’s skills-improvement project in refugee camp.
The relationship between science and the arts; the influence of designers on theatre practice; movement in theatre - conception, training, execution; devising; dramaturgy; playwriting; translation; theatre criticism in print and online.
Member of Equity, member of the NUJ, member of the Critics’ Circle, and judge on panel for UK Theatre Awards.