Part-time SWW DTP funded PhD Candidate, The University of Exeter (primary) and Aberystwyth University (secondary)
Project Title: An Exploration of The Cultural Value of Performing
Arts for People with Dementia
Supervised by Dr. Kerrie Schaefer and Dr. Margaret Ames
Research-based MA in Theatre and Performance, Queen Mary University of London (Distinction 74%)
Dissertation Title: The Moulin Rouge: Selling Frenchness Through the Female Body (distinction 80%)
Supervised by Prof. Kim Solga
BA Honours in Arts Management and Drama, The University of Winchester (1st class 71%)
Completed an APEL which resulted in me starting the course directly in the 2nd year
Dissertation Title: Creating Theatre in a Post-Colonial Australia (1st class 77%)
Supervised by Mrs. Janet Lee
DUT Information-Communication, Université François Rabelais, France
2 years diploma in communication, involving modules in qualitative research, psychology, and journalism, amongst others
Professional Trainings / Qualifications
2021 Associate Fellow (AFHEA)
2018 TimeSlips Facilitator Certification
2018 Opening Minds through Arts Facilitator Certification
2016 Dementia Champion, The Alzheimer’s Society, Dorset
Academic Awards / Grants
South West & Wales Doctoral Partnership Training (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council UK) to cover PhD tuition fees and stipend £43,659
Society for Theatre Research Awards to print a series of prompt cards that aimed to start conversations (verbal and non-verbal) with people living with dementia – £200
Wellcome Centre ignition fund to identify a central challenge faced by care home residents and care home staff during the COVID-19 pandemic – £500
AHRC Training Award (RSTG) to cover my field work expenses- £1600
AHRC Training Award (Student Development Fund) to undertake a 5 weeks fellowship in the USA – £4,460.98
GW4 Doctoral Student Training Scheme Award to run a day training on Autoethnography at The University of Exeter £1,286.37
Marjorie Thompson Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Queen Mary University of London
Jean-Luthier Award for Outstanding Achievement, Université François Rabelais, France
Erasmus Scholarship to study one semester at Northumbria University, Newcastle
Teaching & Academic Roles
2020 – Current
Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (writing tutor), Drama Department, University of Exeter
I work as a writing tutor for the Drama department. My role involves offering one to one support and group training for undergraduate students.
2020 – 2021
Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (MA in Research Preparation &
Writing Skills), Drama Department, University of Exeter
I assisted the module convenor, Prof. Kerrie Schaefer in preparing and delivering teaching content. This included me preparing a series of online non-synchronous lectures, facilitating seminars and provided formative assessments.
Workshop Leader for Drama Exeter Progression, University of Exeter
I facilitated a series of drama workshops with Year 12 students in order to introduce them to the Exeter’s Drama Undergraduate Programme. Exercises included improvisation, devising, ensemble work and physical theatre amongst others.
Drama Strand Editor for SWW DTP Journal Questions
Student Representative, SWW DTP 2018 Cohort
Observer for UCAS Admission, University of Exeter
I observed staff led workshops in order to score UCAS candidates on their ability to work creatively and in a grou
Guest Speaker, Queen Mary University, London
I was invited to conduct a presentation regarding the evaluation of applied arts practices to a class of undergraduate drama students
Drama Teacher, St Swithun’s School, Winchester
I taught a Year 2 class the merits of theatre, working on improvisation skills, and devised a process with the children for a final year show
Drama Practitioner, Entelechy Arts, London
I work with Entelechy Arts for their programme Walking through Walls in care home.
Research Assistant for IDEAL II (theatre working group), University of Exeter
As part of the IDEAL research study to understand what it is to ‘live well with dementia’, the working group uses theatre to explore stories about communication based on the experience of people with dementia and their carers.
Drama Practitioner & Certified TimeSlips Facilitator, London and Dorset
I work as a freelance practitioner in care homes around the Dorset and London areas. I facilitate drama and creative story-telling sessions as well as intergenerational work.
Activities Manager, Fairmile Grange / Research Associate (dementia care home), Christchurch
I created a stimulating activities programme for the residents, including participatory arts, entertainment, day trips and community projects. I was responsible for developing strong links with the community, such as local schools, clubs and societies. I managed the activities team and was responsible for maintaining budget and care plans. I evaluated the activities and creative projects undertaken by the care home.
Full-time marketing roles including The Barbican Centre and Church House Westminster, London
I further honed my research skills through regular market analysis and evaluation report. I also developed excellent communication and presentation skills by regularly pitching budget and projects to the board of trustees and company CEO, as well as by leading regular staff training and brand workshops.
Artist Associate at Project Phakama, London
I was part of a collective of artists who use the arts to make a difference within the community. I assisted the artistic director in leading workshops with college students and care home residents living with dementia.
Evaluator, Project Phakama & Queen Mary Arts Research Centre, London
I evaluated the success of an intergenerational art project for people living with dementia (The Edible Garden) in order to write a report to justify expenses to funding organisations and inform the work of the company. I used field notes, creative evaluation and interviewed care home residents, college students, artists and audience to collect qualitative data which formed a section of the aforementioned report.
Project Coordinator, Music First, London
I liaised with partners and staff members in order to write a project proposal to create a new Youth Orchestra in Islington. I pitched the project to Music First trustees and successfully gained funding for the project.
Evaluator for Duckie’s The Posh Club, Crawley
I implemented an evaluation strategy to measure the social impact of The Posh Club, a project which aims to tackle isolation for pensioners. I wrote a final report collating the evaluation conducted throughout the project in order to inform the company work and secure funding.
2021- Co-creating resilience with people living with dementia through intergenerational, Drama in Research Education
Conferences & Presentations
The Pioneer Network (Webinar), USA
‘Mini-theatres: creativity in care home during COVID-19’ in collaboration Opening Minds through Arts
Generations United’s Virtual Global Intergenerational Conference, USA
‘Mini-theatres: creativity in care home during COVID-19′ in collaboration Opening Minds through Arts
TaPRA, University of Exeter
‘Magic Me: ethics of public performance with people living with dementia’
Imagining the Body in France and the Francophone World, University of Birmingham
‘ The Moulin Rouge: selling frenchness through the female body?’
Gerontology Department, Miami University, Ohio
‘Exploring the cultural value of performing arts with people living with dementia’
Royal Society for Public Health
European Map of Intergenerational Learning