I am a part-time PhD candidate in the Department of Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London, having been awarded a Crosslands Scholarship.
My practice-led research project, Material Words for Speaking Dancers, has engaged, predominantly, the improvisational training (workshops/courses/classes) conducted by three contemporary independent performance practitioners – Ruth Zaporah (US) who has developed a form of improvisational performance known as Action Theater™; dancer/musician/poet Julyen Hamilton (UK/ES); and dancer/poet Billie Hanne (BE). These practices variously fuse improvised dance and improvised speech in performance. Together with my own improvisational performance works and experiments, I ask how performers can access and develop material knowledge of voice and speech and how this can be deployed alongside more readily recognisable choreographic material in the context of dance improvisation.
I am a Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at Middlesex University.
Aside from my doctoral research, I maintain a portfolio of research projects including various outputs. My academic role at Middlesex University facilitates this area of my work.