PhD. Research Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant
BA to professional level practical theatre skills, focussing on the corporeal, and specialising in comedy and mask related performance.
Education and Training
P.G.C.E. London University School of Education. 1985
Diploma in Direction and Drama Instruction . British Theatre Association. 1984.
BA English and Drama. Exeter University. 1981.
Nigel Jamiseson, Desmid Jones, Intriplicate Mime, Trestle Theatre, John Wright, Barry and Joan Grantham, Pierre Hollins, Phillipe Gaullier, Monika Pagneaux, Ben Benison, Ric Morgan, Carlo Boso, Ferrucio Soleri, Eugenio Barba and Odin Teatret, Bhavai Theatre,Sandra Reeves, Christopher Connolly, Theatre de Complicite, Ninian Kinnear-Wilson, Stephano Perocco.
Research and Professional Practice
Main area of interest: The Commedia dell’Arte phenomenon, ancient and modern: its history, cultural positioning, performances, recreations and training methodologies. Phd title “Defining a dramaturgic aesthetic for Neo-Commedia”.
Artistic Director of The Fabulous Old Spot Theatre Company 2004-2010
Artistic Director of the Fabulous Lancashire Revels, 2014 to current, a PaR company dedicated to creating Lancastrian Commedia dell’Arte.
Co-editor (and author of two chapters) The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte, Dec 2014
“Rehearsing our Roles” TIE and Citizenship, TIDE publications April 2002.
Co-Author with John Rudlin “Commedia Dell’Arte, a Resource book for Troupes” , Routledge April 2001.
Public Lecture on Shakespeare and Commedia dell’Arte at the Victoria and Albert Museum , London, October 2016.
Workshop for the Dario Fo Festival, on Writing Political Comedy, Edinburgh, October 2016.
Paper on the Dramaturgic Implications of Performing Liminality , at TAPRA conference, September 2016 (to be published in Comedy Studies Journal)
Paper on Performing the local aspects of cultural archetypes for Theatre and Performance Conference at the University of Central Lancaster 19/20 June 2015
Paper on Adapting Neo Commedia for Local Performance York University PG Theatre and Media Symposium 1st June 2015
Performance as Research Presentation and chaired panel discussion on same at Cutting Edge PG Research Conference, Edge Hill University 17,18 April 2015
Paper on Translocating Commedia dell’Arte to the UK, Comedy studies symposium, University of Kent and CSSD, June 2014.
Seminar and lecture demonstration on Neo-Commedia for UCL Italian department PG lecture program, March 2014
Paper on “Folk Memes and Popular Theatre” and workshop on street acting skills for the Mummer’s Unconvention, Gloucester run by the University of Chester, December 2013 (published online)
Paper on “Adapting commedia paradigms to local roots” at University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, February 2013
Working with Utopia Arts to find a practical commonality between Commedia dell’Arte and The Theatre of the Oppressed, to create a dramaturgic frame for writing contemporary political comedy.
Invited to address International Commedia day in February 2017, Sydney, Australia.