I am an American-born theatre artist living and working in the UK for more than a decade. I specialise in new writing and devised work and am currently an Artistic Associate of The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter, and formally an Associate of Theatre503 (from 2004 - 2010).
As a director, I create visceral work exploring edgy subject matter such as war, mental illness and violence against women. From Terrorist! The Musical to Up the Gary (a one-man show about a Gary Glitter tribute artist), I combine humour, detailed psychology, and visual metaphor to investigate complex topics.
I also am passionately curious about psychophysical actor training and embodied practices to enhance an actor’s performance. In 2011 I completed a PhD in Performance Practice entitled Directing Emotion: A Practice-led Investigation into the Challenge of Emotion in Western Performance under the supervision of Phillip Zarrilli. My PhD included experimenting with three approaches to emotion, including Susana Bloch’s Alba Emoting technique, the work of Brian Astbury, and influences from the training of Teatr Piesn Kozla (Song of the Goat).
As a result of my research, I have become a somatic practitioner, teaching Alba Emoting and Feldenkrais (practices that I also use in my professional directing work). Alba Emoting is somatic approach to induce emotional states at will through respiratory-facial-postural actions that trigger physiological components, a technique developed by Chilean neuroscientist Susana Bloch. The Feldenkrais Method of somatic education focuses on learning and movement, which can bring about improved movement and enhanced functioning by working with the nervous system. Peter Brook, and companies such as Complicite and Told by an Idiot regularly use the Feldenkrais Method in their practice.
Associate Director - Kidder
Aug 2014 - Present
Co-Artistic Director - Viva Voce
Jan 2011 - Present
Artistic Associate - The Bike Shed Theatre
Mar 2010 - Present
Theatre Director - Freelance
Aug 2005 - Present
Sessional Lecturer - Canterbury Christ Church University
Sep 2013 - Aug 2015
Visiting Lecturer - Royal Holloway University of London
Feb 2014 - Aug 2014
Script Reader - Bush Theatre
May 2013 - Sep 2013
Education and Projects Director - Theatre503
Nov 2006 - Apr 2010
Resident Assistant Director - Old Globe Theatre
Apr 2003 - Sep 2003
The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education - Professional Qualification - The London Feldenkrais Professional Training Programme
Oct 2011 - Aug 2015
Performance Practice - PhD - University of Exeter
Apr 2006 - Nov 2011
Contemporary Theatre Practice - BA - East 15 Acting School
Sep 2003 - May 2005
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