Professional Life

I am currently a Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Drama and Theatre with the department of Drama & Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham.  I am a practice-based scholar whose research interests include immersive performance practices, augmented and mixed reality in performance, live art, practice-as-research, performance documentation and cognitive approaches to reception theory. I am the artistic director of Vertical Exchange Performance Collective, co-artistic director of KeepHouse Performance and an Associate Artist at the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth. I have collaborated with venues such as The Barbican in Plymouth, Camden People’s Theatre, The Basement in Brighton, Performing Arts Centre Lincoln, the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth and Battersea Arts Centre. Since completing my PhD at the University of Winchester in 2011 I have been concerned with exploring, making and understanding work that includes its audiences in fundamental ways.


Personal Life

I live and work in Birmingham. I live with my long-term partner Nigel, our cat Teasel and ‘our boys’; Casstiel (a very enthusiastic black pug) and Zachariah (a rather anxious Boston Terrier). I have a tight knit family and although I live too far from them, their support, love and generosity have at times both enabled and inspired my academic and performance work. I am crafty and love to make all kinds of things with my hands from quirky steampunk creations to scones!

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