BiographyAfter 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
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
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