practice-based PhD research in social theatre initiatives in areas of political violence and armed conflict (in the Middle East).
Visiting lecturer, teaching ‘Performance Activism’ as a 3rd year specialism course at the University of Manchester (2021)
Visiting lecturer on the MA Applied Theatre course at the University of Warwick (2021)
Legislative theatre project: working with a group of practitioners on methods in legislative theatre (a political theatre format that involves policymakers in a forum performance, to bring about new policy and legislative changes around specific issues). Funded by Arts Council UK, led by Katy Rubin (TONYC), with Dan Boyden (The Change Collective ) and Gavin Crichton (Active Inquiry)
Current points of interest: forms of creative disobedience in activism; playful strategies in protests; the importance of laughter in spaces of tension.
Recently published an academic article calling for more activist-researchers in social theatre, and for our work to be more aligned with/serving the communities, activists and artists we study: Disrupting the hierarchy of knowledge production: the case of documenting social theatre in Palestine- https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14682761.2021.1888565 [this is open access]
Currently setting up a UK network of performance & activism: bringing together scholars and performance makers around activism (get in touch if interested).
Worked as a research consultant for In Place of War (funded by AHRC) to evaluate the long-term social and economic impact of support for grassroots arts groups in places of armed conflict and political violence (2020).
Assistant Editor to RiDE Journal, an internationally peer reviewed academic journal on theatre for social change and education (2019 - present).
Theatre of the Oppressed with NAJE: forum theatre pieces and workshops in various contexts.
Forum Theatre workshops at Fleury Prison (women's section), Paris, France (2013).
Founded Frontierra, an organisation dedicated to advocating Migrants Rights through participatory Community Theatre. Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas, NYC, based at Immigrant Movement International , Corona, Queens, New York.
Working with a team on DREAMers, an investigative theatre project with The Civilians (Documentary Theatre) on the effects of Deferred Action and the potential DREAM Act for undocumented immigrants in the USA.
Ongoing project: translating into French, Spanish and Hungarian a detailed collection of Social Theatre activities, games and devising processes for practitioners internationally. If interested in this project, please contact me.
Participant in a panel discussion on 'Theatre of the Oppressed for Self-Organizing and Building a Community' with Theatre Of the Oppressed Laboratory (TOPLAB), at the Left Forum Conference, held at Pace University, 2013.