I hold a BA(Hons) in drama, applied theatre and education (first class, London) and an MA in Theatre and global development (distinction, leeds) I am currently researching for a PhD at Manchester University, exploring Theatre for Development.
I have over 5 years' experience as a community theatre maker, arts practitioner and community education practitioner. I have worked with prisoners, ex-offenders and young people at risk of offending to use drama to explore conflict, violence, employability and communication skills. I have also worked in schools to create theatre and to explore issues around Gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health and substance misuse. In 2014-15 I was a trainer and facilitator for the Creative english project, which engaged with migrants and refugees, using drama to facilitate community and belonging, reduce isolation and help participants to improve their confidence in speaking English. I have consulted for many charities, writing programmes and training staff in arts-based approaches. I have internatonal experience in the UK, Hong Kong, Malawi, Tanzania, New Zealand, Uganda and the Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria.