I currently work as a Lecturer in Drama, spending my time teaching, researching, and making work. My main interest centres on arts, health and well-being, particularly in relation to theatre.
I graduated from a self-funded practice-led Ph.D. in 2016. My thesis considered the therapeutic potential of immersive theatres, focussing on the sensory elements of the performance to enhance the audience’s personal well-being. I am interested in developing this work further in applied settings, as well as continuing to make, research, and enjoy immersive, participatory and sensory theatres. I spent almost three years as a researcher working on an arts and dementia study funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. I’d like to explore more work around the arts and dementia in the future.
I also enjoy crafts and I like making things when I get a bit of spare time. I used to say that “My dream is to one day have a house with a little dog and a craft/ study room with one of those round basket style chairs for sitting and reading in.”. I’m on my way to building my dreams: I’m now the owner of a spritely Cocker Spaniel and my preloved round wicker basket chair is now a prime reading (and snoozing) spot. Lancashire born and bred, I lived in North Wales for 13 years. I now understand the meaning of the word Hiraeth and sometimes feel a bit like a foreigner back in England. I like to visit the Welsh landscape from which I have often been inspired.