I have been directing the Puppetry Performance module at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for seven years. A design led promenade performance working collaboratively with a professional writer, composer and senior design lecturer. I am involved in developing the creative ideas, choosing performance sites and managing the professional team. When in rehearsals I am in charge of a cast of over thirty students from multiple disciplines and a team of 6 professional theatre makers, designers and production managers. I have been repeatedly hired because I am able to combine my skills as a professional director and my skills as a lecturer to support and inspire students with a range of abilities and skills . These productions have become highly regarded, by the college, the theatre industry itself and with the general public.
Since 2010 I have worked part-time at Bristol City College as a visiting lecturer on the FdA Theatre media performance course. I have constructed planned and delivered lessons focusing on, directing, text, voice and movement technics, theatre space, multi-media performance, audition skills and clowning. In addition I have also used my background in specific performance genres to deliver sessions on the building blocks and tools to enable practitioners to devise and write shows; the creation of Street Theatre shows and animations and the development of Puppetry skills. I have written assessments, led one to one tutorials and delivered a range of lecturers on a number of specific partitioners.
I have led a range of puppetry workshops for professionals and semi professionals at Puppet Place. This year I curated the professional development strand of the Bristol Festival of puppetry. Co-ordinating and facilitating a variety of initives including a brand new event entitled The Lab-Experiments in Puppetry. The aim was to support mid- career artists by creating a playing space for two days for five invited artistic directors. The results were shown to an audience followed by a panel discussion.
I have over the years acquired a comprehensive knowledge of the landscape of live performance in the Southwest. I have been able to offer this as an additional resource to students enabling training and volunteer opportunities and an insight to initiatives and funding strands available for emerging artists.