I have over 25 years of experience as a professional theatre director, movement director, dramaturg and writer.
I have been fortunate enough to work within many different genres, and with a wide range of companies and organisations. Some of these include Royal Court, London; Cottesloe, National Theatre; Birmingham Rep; National Theatres of Bulgaria and Macedonia; Bådteatret, Copenahagen.
My specialities are comedy, classics, physical theatre, site specific work, new writing, pantomime and devising.
I have strong interests in training and devlopment work for both artists and participants; also, collaborating across art forms, bringing work to new audiences, and making people laugh.
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
FREELANCE DIRECTOR / WRITER
2011 - present
Based in Copenhagen, working in Denmark, England, Luxemburg. Written 3 new plays, directed 4 plays, choreographed a pantomime, co-produced two new musicals and a cabaret. Plus workshops and development projects, drama school work and summer schools.
SKUESPILLERAKADEMIET (The Acting Academy.) TUTOR
Training students in acting/ performance at one of Copenhagens most popular drama academies.
IMAGINE PRODUCTIONS DIRECTOR/ WRITER
Delivering high quality original musical pantomimes for one of the UK's most prolific providers of family entertainment. Working the Midlands region in Leamington Spa and Leicester.
Directed 'Catastrophic Sex Music', and 'Finding Sophie' for Bådteatret Copenhagen. Also wrote Finding Sophie, funded by Danish arts council to tour nationally.
Workshops for gymnasium (6th form), and bespoke development programmes. (Fasterpussycat.dk)
NUART, COPENHAGEN KOMMUNE
An arts organisation offering free professionally run creative opportunities,, for Copenhagen based teenagers. Co-producer/ director and writer of anual prodductions, cabaret and flashmobs.
Delivered a course on Greek Theatre, using Otto Steen Due's Danish translation of 'Antigone'. Worked in English and Danish.
TEATERBUTIKKEN (theatre shop)
Deliver week long projects each year for participating schools, at their city centre venue. Including work on Beckett, improvisation and environmental interventions.
Mercury Theatre Colchester Associate Director
2003 - 2011
Produced several new writing initiatives.
Key involvement in programming and policy.
Wrote 8 pantomimes and 2 new plays.
Delivered creative development programmes over period of 6 years for professional acting ensemble, and staff.
Deputised for CEO.
Catastrophic Sex Music Bysshe Coffey Co-pro with Theatre 503 / Latitude Festival.
Small Miracle Neil D'Souza Co-pro with Tricycle Theatre.
Stockholm Bryony Lavery Tour to Naional Theatres of Macedonia and Bulgaria.
The Europeans Howard Barker World Premiere.
A View from the Bridge Arthur Miller.
Eve Ryman Janice Dunn European tour as part of EU funded PLOTS.
Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui Brecht (trans Ranjit Bolt.)
Triumph of Love Martin Crimp.
Oh, What a Lovely War Theatre Workshop.
Road Jim Cartwright.
Habeas Corpus Alan Bennett.
Mad Half Hour Theatre Company Co-Director
1999 - 2011
A Coventry based, West MIdlands Arts funded professional theatre company, which produced new work, collaborated with local young people and community groups, and was a key provider of projects for Arts Council Englands Creative Partnerships scheme.
Bodytalk / Hello Boys Janice Dunn Two companion pieces, aimed at teenage girls / boys, raising awareness of testicular cancer and breast cancer. Produced in collaboration with Belgrade Theatre, Cov and Warwks Breast Cancer charity and Coventry University Hospital. Toured West Midlands region for 10 years, and was in huge demand.
The Boy with the Bomb in his Crisps Janice Dunn / Lyndi Smith
A co-production with the Belgrade and Mercury Theatres, which involved hundreds of local people and community groups in Coventry and Colchester, and evolved into a new play about migration.
Hugely successful audience devlopment project.
Camped Out Janice Dunn A physical comedy project aimed at a working class sensibility. Commissioned by Coventry Arts Alive festival. Toured nationally and played the Pleasance Edinburgh Fringe festival.
Please see (archive).
Belgrade Theatre Coventry Associate Director
1990 - 1999
Directed productions in-house, and also touring.
Chair of Senior Management team.
Key contributor Policy and programming; mentoring and training.
Director of Youth and Community.
Peer Group work , and cascade education pioneer.
EOP work and access initiatives.
Work for those with SLD.
Director of worlds first devised and integrated community play.
Development of access initiatives that became common practice nationally.
Creation of two nationally recognised, award winning initiatives for young people at risk; Acting Up and Acting Out.
Hugely successful audience development programmes for and with young people.
Pioneering use of peer group education projects for tackling difficult issues in schools.
It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow Rony Robinson Coventry blitz anniversary.
Wrens Last Gift Campbell Perry Regional tour.
Sparkleshark Philip Ridley.
Chicago Kander and Ebb.
Guys and Dolls Loesser and Lowe.
I'm currently inspired by site specific possibilities; cabaret; film of old music hall and variety routines; and the work of Caryl Churchill.
I am always inspired by the notion of politics in theatre; specifically where the class system sits within creativity.
DIRECTING EUGENIO BARBA
A residential with Barba, which examined directing techniques for creating classic, epic, experimental theatre which was thoroughly actor centred. This has been one of the most influential experiences in my creative development.
ACTOR TRAINING ODIN TEATRET
A residential with the company itself, which demonstrated rehearsal and performance techniques evolved over 20 years. This was one of the most useful weeks of my career, giving me tools and insights I still use today.
MASK WORK GEESE THEATRE
An insight into using creative interventions to work with difficult or disaffected participants. An inspiring opportuity as a young practitioner to see practically useful creativity for people who had been written off by an uncaring system.
DANCE THERAPY WOLFGANG STANGE
Introduction to creative therapy, based on movement, pioneered by Amici Dance Company. Beautiful interventions for people who genuinely benefitted from a creative experience.
LEEDS UNIVERSITY B.A.HONS THEATRE
Three year course at Bretton Hall which provided an introduction to creating, performing and directing theatre that was looking to the future. Based in West Yorkshire, next to Woolley Colliery, during the miners strike. Lots of physical and political theatre in an England at war with itself.