School of Arts and Media
Lecturer in performance/International Lead for the Performance Directorate
I am a Lecturer in performance and comedy. I led the comedy programme from 2010-2015 -it was the first undergrad comedy programme in the UK - in 2014 I set up the prestigious Mike Craig comedy award- between 2011-2016 I developed an international partnership with Humber college in Toronto. I am currently involved in the setting up of a graduate scheme / internship with Comedy Central UK London.
I am a performer/actor/writer. I have worked extensively as an actor in professional TV, theatre, and Radio 4 drama.
Throughout my career I have worked as an actor /facilitator for theatre companies such as TIPP and Clean Break –practitioners’ who are dedicated to using theatre as a tool for social change. During my engagements with these organisations, I have worked within a wide variety of settings ranging from prisons, secure units, community centres, probation centres, homeless communities, half way houses and schools.
I have recently written a five-part 15 minutes serial radio drama (Butterfly Dad) a play about the demise of the NHS -this is currently in development with an Independent radio 4 drama producer. I am also writing a TV comedy drama spec) script (The unsuitables) looking at dating in the 21st century, exclusively from the female perspective
My female centred comedy sketch pitch (Big, little women) was recently commended by BBC commissioners and I am in the process of shooting this and uploading it for on line content.
I have taught in the Higher Education sector since 2001 across many areas of theatre, performance and comedy.
I teach across the undergraduate TaPP program MaPP program comedy writing and performance program.
- Comedy Acting Methods Level 4
- Acting for Recorded Media Level 4
- Acting for camera Level 5 (for which I am module leader)
- Critical and Textual Studies
- Practical Research Projects
- Theatre Project Supervision
- Comedy Project Supervision
I hold a degree in Drama from the Victoria University of Manchester, and an MA in scriptwriting for TV and Radio from the international Media centre Salford.
I have been a guest lecturer at a variety of national and international institutions, including University of London, University of Exeter, University of Leeds, Humber college Toronto, Istanbul yeditepe university, and University of Aydin, Istanbul.
My long-term aim is to complete my PhD via publication looking specifically at auto ethnography, since my own writing is concerned with qualitative research, in which I use self-reflection and writing to explore personal experience in order to connect autobiographically to wider cultural, political, and social meanings.
Much of my research to date is primarily concerned with women and comedy. I have given papers and published articles discussing the gender inequality within female comedy performance.
I am a regular speaker on women and comedy, appearing on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Manchester, and more recently on local TV channels regarding women and comedy festivals. I have contributed to various broad sheet discussions around comedy practices, as well as comedy and gender.
In 2017 I became a co-founder of ‘Mixed Bill ‘an interdisciplinary comedy and gender research network, currently comprised of researchers from the Universities of Salford, Leeds and Sheffield Hallam. We are currently approaching our second annual symposium.
I am writing a pitch for a Methuen book publication titled - ‘women and comedy - where are we now?’
this book will chart the most significant changes with regard to comedy and gender within the last two decades. I hope to complete this by October 2019.
- BA Hons University of Manchester (victoria)
- MA Script writing for TV and Radio