What I do
My advocacy takes on many forms. Often creative, often strategic but always focused on enabling the voices of the under-represented to be heard.
I've written novels, plays, poems, vignettes, comedy pieces, web content, scholarly articles. I write in whichever form best suits the idea and allows the voice to be heard.
I work with professionals from a wide range of sectors to help widen the opportunities of under-represented children and adults. Most often this entails developing access to engagement in high quality art, culture and creativity. Through this, people become visible and their stories heard.
I have been creating, directing and performing theatre
since 1986. I have a love of experimental and devised
theatre. In this way, the story grows from the company and is merely shaped by the director. Collaborative approaches engender a sense of a jointly-owned experience.
I was a secondary Drama teacher for sixteen years,gaining Advanced Skills Teacher status. I train teachers, teach young people, facilitate workshops, deliver Open Space discussions, coach professionals. The focus of all of this work is to enable those being trained to become more adept at working with the under-represented.
To say that my style is naive is an understatement. Mainly I throw paint around. My aim is to capture a mood or a moment or a thought. I am intrigued by expressing an idea in a variety of artistic forms, so I'll match a painting to a poem, or a moment of theatrical tension to a single stroke of the brush. I have exhibited and sold work at the Great Sheffield Arts Show.