I am a freelance director, producer, actor and teacher; working in theatre, film, television, commercials and education. Drama School trained, I studied acting at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Taking theatre to venues throughout the UK, I have developed and directed work for The Royal Exchange, The Lowry, HOME, Contact and The Green Room, Manchester, Square Chapel, Halifax, Theatre in the Mill, Bradford, and Jackson's Lane, and Camden People's Theatre, London, amongst others. I have performed with touring companies including, Chol, Talia Theatre and Proper Job, played roles in TV soaps and dramas, including Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Spooks and Blue Murder, commercials for Mini Cooper and Morrisons, and played a variety of training roles for corporate clients, including G4S, Brittania and The BBC.
With a particular interest in physical and comic performance, I continue to develop my skills and experience, practicing clown and physical comedy with Philipe Gaulier, John Wright, Mick Barnfather and Aitor Basauri, among others. I have also trained, devised and performed under the direction of Russian Master, Gennadi Bogdanov using theatrical biomechanics. Further elements of my practice, including mask, mime, ensemble, physical and forum theatre, I developed with Augusto Boal, Grzegorz Bral & Anna Zubryki (Gardzienice/ Song of the Goat), Liam Steel (DV8/ Stan Won’t Dance), Ang Gey Ping, Lee Parkinson, The Plasticine Men and Studio Matejka (Grotowski Institute) and through regular workshops with Clown Lab.
Performance Training and Teaching
'I am nobody. I am a neutral point through which you must pass in order to better articulate your own theatrical voice. I am only there to place obstacles in your path, so you can better find your way around them.'
For over ten years, I have taught acting and performance skills at universities and colleges in the North West.
As associate lecturer on the vocational acting degree at University of Central Lancashire, I specialised in Stanislavski's Method of Physical Action, Clown, Movement Training and Devising. I taught the final year module Actor as Creator, offering a toolkit of skills for devising original performance. I also devised and directed the final year Showcase Performance Project, an original adaption of the children's story The Light Princess, which toured to local schools. During my time there, the course gained recognition from Drama UK, the national body that represents professional actor training.
At the University of Salford I taught undergraduate and HND Physical Theatre - Discourse and Practice, covering the performance styles and approaches to training from practitioners including Lecoq, Meyerhold, Grotowski, Bogart, Beckett, Berkoff and Boal, and directed Naturalism and Non-Naturalism performance projects. I am currently directing a second year performance project, Handles, to be staged at MediaCityUK.
For Calderdale College, I taught many aspects of performance to BTEC, HND and Degree level students and directed many public performance projects, including: A Servant to Two Masters, Animal Farm, Macbeth (Co-Director / Movement Director), Road (Assistant Director), Ubu Roi (Assistant Director). I also devised and directed four very successful original physical theatre pieces, for public performance, consisting of both acting and dance students.
Specialist Techniques Include:
• Stanislavski Technique
• Clown and Physical Comedy
• Movement Techniques for Actors
• Physical Theatre - including Theatrical Biomechanics
As an actor I have toured nationally with Chol Theatre (Playing a lead role in The Ghost Lesson) and Talia (The title role in The Life of Moliere). I toured throughout the North West with Proper Job (Brave New World - playing lead character, The Savage) and Made-Up Theatre (Marge - another lead, Leroy Snarkler, and co-producer), as well as co-founding my first company, Something Wicked, producing, directing, performing and touring Two. I played a lead role in MEN Theatre Award nominated Vegetable, by Diane Whiteley, for the Manchester 24:7 Theatre Festival, which went on to Bolton Octagon as 'Best of the Festival'.
I have performed at theatre's and festivals throughout the country, including Contact, Green Room, Z-Arts and the 24:7 Festival in Manchester, Bolton Octagon, Bradford Alhambra, Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield, Square Chapel Arts Halifax, Live Theatre Newcastle, Drill Hall Lincoln, South Street Reading, and Brady Arts Whitechapel and the Drill Hall London.
For the West Yorkshire Playhouse, I developed scripts and performed rehearsed readings, and I have worked many times as a performer and director on new-writing projects with Contact Theatre.
Television credits include: Coronation Street, The Cops, Spooks, Blue Murder, Paradox, A+E and Emmerdale, among others, commercials for Morrisons, Iceland and Mini Cooper, and a corporate film for Brittania Building Society.
Workshops and Business Training
Working with national and international companies and public bodies, including G4S, BPP Law, Manchester and Nottingham City Councils, West Midlands Police and Fire Service, Oxford Ambulance Service and The BBC, I have trained lawyers, police detectives, senior fire service officers, paramedics, council staff, bank staff and BBC staff, in interview techniques, personal safety, and armed hold-up response techniques. I delivered all the performance elements of this work through role-play, workshops and facilitation, planning and writing many of the scenarios delivered.
For the Library Theatre, I ran script reading workshops for adults and for Imperial War Museum North, workshops on making theatre in response to conflict.
In primary and secondary schools across the country I have led workshops teaching Drama, Storytelling, Communication Skills, Comedy and Clown, and supported a variety of Personal and Social Education projects through performances and workshops. I have also led drama workshops for SEN Pupils and those excluded from mainstream education.
To discuss any teaching or training opportunities, please use the contact form.