Michael  Richardson Author of Evaluating Organization Development
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Michael Richardson


I have worked in youth theatre for over twenty years, most notably as the founder of Shrewsbury Youth Theatre and as Artistic Director of West Lothian Youth Theatre. I have been involved in the training of other practitioners and in the strategic development of the youth theatre sector in the UK: as a Regional Development Coordinator for the National Association of Youth Theatres in England; and subsequently as Chair of Promote-YT, the national development agency for youth theatre in Scotland.

Subjects: Education

Biography

After graduating in Medicine from the University of Edinburgh I went on to pursue my dream of a career in the arts.  Following retraining at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, I spent many years working as an opera staff director and as an opera educator, particularly for Glyndebourne and of Mid Wales Opera, where I established and delivered an education programme for school and adults.

My work with young people led me to youth theatre, which has been at the heart of my work for many years.  I established Shrewsbury Youth Theatre in 1994, as a youth-led organization, and its management committee of young people continues to be its main decision making body to this day.  I later created new youth theatre provision at the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham, and have been Artistic Director and Chief Executive of West Lothian Youth Theatre in Scotland.  I have also worked as a Regional Development Coordinator for the National Association of Youth Theatres; and served for five years as Chair of Promote-YT, the national development agency for youth theatre in Scotland.

More recently I have started to work with the Deaf community, and having learnt British Sign Language myself, I have started a process of exploration of the role of sign language in theatre.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Youth Theatre
    Drama as a tool to support non-formal learning in school and youth work settings.
    Bilingual theatre performed in English and Sign Language simultaneously to enhance accessibility for Deaf auditions

Personal Interests

    The arts.
    Good food and fine wine.
    Travel and experiencing new cultures.

Books

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 Featured Title - Youth Theatre - 1st Edition book cover