I currently work at the University of Exeter, where I teach across a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including the specialist research module Cultures of the Street.
Along with Professor Cathy Turner, I was a recipient of a University of Exeter Education Incubator Grant for Research Inspired Teaching in 2019. We worked with students to produce a journal showcasing undergraduate writing. This is now an annual publication called ‘T3 Journal’, which is produced as part of the Drama Department’s Term 3 Festival by a team of student editors supervised by Professor Turner and me.
I’ve taught one-off sessions and given guest lecturers to students at a number of institutions including Kingston University, Middlesex University and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
At Queen Mary University of London, where I was a Lecturer for the academic year 2014/15, I contributed to both the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum — on the Approaches to Applied Theatre module, I supported students to create and deliver applied theatre projects in the local community. In 2015 students worked with the applied theatre company Phakama to deliver a multi-media storytelling project called Ten in a Bed, which sought to enhance literacy skills in under-5s and their families. I delivered seminars on the MA Performance Research and Historiography and Archives module, and a PhD training workshop on theories of space and place.
From January 2009 until June 2014 I taught on a 0.5 contract in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds. Here I honed my teaching practice, developing an ability to teach through both traditional scholarly methods (lecture, seminar), practice (workshops, live performance events) and via blended learning with the use of digital technologies including a Virtual Learning Environment.
At Leeds, my teaching responsibilities were varied and I taught across the undergraduate programme on whole-school core modules (such as Performance Perspectives and Cultures of Performance) as well as specialist Theatre and Performance modules (Processes of Performance 1 and Processes of Performance 2) and research-focussed modules including Dissertation and Strategies for Research. I also taught on the MA module Creative Work, and the innovative level three Enterprise Project.
During my time at Leeds I led a number of practical, public-facing student projects. From 2009-2011 I worked on the module Collaborative Performance Project, with the external partner National Coal Mining Museum England, on a project which involved undergraduate students from the School of Performance and Cultural Industries working with secondary school students in and around Leeds to produce performances examining the regional and national history of the coal mining industry. In 2012 I worked with the Thackray Medical Museum on a project which saw Leeds students create a series of site-specific performance works in the museum.