Originally from Sunderland, I trained in Dance and Drama at the Roehampton Institute and worked as a freelance artist for a number of years in London before moving back to the North East. I am currently a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for the Dance programme. I am also Artistic Director of Dance University of Sunderland Company (DUSC) which is embedded within the dance provision and also spills into the community with DUSC Youth and DUSC G (graduate company).
Teaching and supervision
I teach mainly on the Dance programme including performance, preparation and presentation (public events including working at Beamish Museum), experimental practices (site specific work), composition (choreography), key practitioners (research and choreography), physical dance theatre (issue based work) and staging the dance (showcase).
I facilitate the DUSC undergraduate professional tour of primary schools and colleges which is embedded within Dance practice and application at Stage 3. I also teach on arts identity and industry, community education and musical theatre.
I have also worked collaboratively with ATs Andrew Clarence and Mat Hobbins on the writing and production of a range of children's musicals performed at the Whitley Bay Playhouse. Such activity feeds into a number of modules within the performing arts suite of modules.