I am a part-time lecturer at Loughborough University. I am also a writer, theatre director and dramaturg, working in the industry.
I have been teaching at Loughborough since 2003 and joined the permanent staff as a lecturer in 2006. I also gained my PhD at Loughborough. Previously I was a teaching fellow at Birmingham University, Writer in Residence at University of the West of England, and acting tutor at Birmingham School of Acting.
My career in the story industry includes the following:
Having it All
Out in the Garden
Fanny a New Musichall
Wolfie and the Showgirl
Letters to Emma
The Bah Humbug Club
Radio 4 Plays:
Angel of New Street
Square Circle Triangle (nominated for the Richard Imison Award)
Tarnished Wings (my own adaptation of my stage play)
21 Conversations with a Hairdresser
15 Ways to Leave Your Lover
Jesus, The Devil and a Kid Called Death.
BBC1 continuing drama Doctors
Community Theatre and TIE:
The Lichfield Mysteries.
West End Dramaturg:
Judy, The Arts Theatre
Current Theatre Commissions:
The Bah Humbug Club, Lichfield Garrick
Good Little Girls Are We, Stafford Gatehouse
My practice as research encompasses dramaturgy and writing for radio, TV and theatre, particularly comedy. My other research includes journal articles on women radio pioneers. I would welcome doctoral research projects on radio drama practice and theory or creative writing for film, TV, radio, or the stage, including comedy. I would also be delighted to supervise work on dramaturgy, along with contemporary radio, theatre and TV practice.
I am module leader for the Part B undergraduate module Story Design for Creative Industries. I teach on the MA in Theatre and Storytelling. I also mentor students in scriptwriting university-wide through LU Arts.
My musical play Fanny a New Musichall won Best Production at Birmingham Fest 2016 and transferred to Vault Festival 2020.
My musical (book and lyrics), Wolfie and the Showgirl, won Best New Work at Birmingham Fest 2017.
I am Artistic Advisor to Lichfield Garrick Theatre Board of Trustees.
I am a member of the Writers Guild.
I have supervised both traditional and practice-based research PhDs to completion, and welcome PhD applications in the areas of theatre practice and theory, creative writing for film, TV, radio or the stage, including comedy. I would also be delighted to supervise work on dramaturgy, along with contemporary radio, theatre and TV practice.
PhDs co-supervised to award:
Acts of Dramaturgy: the dramaturgical turn in contemporary performance
Contemporary Shakespeares: adapting, theatre-making and ghosting