Facilitation is the main body of my work. I come from a family of teachers. Techie teachers; Dance teachers; Zumba instructors; Head teachers. I carry this with me in my practice as an artist. I wouldn't say I’m a “teaching artist”. Maybe I am? Maybe as we go I am somehow imparting knowledge about how to devise performance, use your voice and look at the world in a different way… but I don’t think so. At least, this isn’t the aim. I don’t use learning outcomes and assessments, I meet people where they are and we make work together. I begin every collaboration with an attitude of curiosity. Who are you? Where do our lives cross over? What can we learn from each other? How can we create something together? What questions do neither of us know the answer to? I lead every process with compassion as a key principle. I firmly believe that the world would be a much better place if we were all just a little kinder to each other, to the planet and to ourselves. For me this begins with curiosity, stepping into someone else shoes and seeing things from their perspective. Listening without judgement and responding with love.
Below I have detailed the areas of my facilitation practice.
Politically engaged devised performance by and for young people is what I am passionate about. I believe that collaboration through the arts can provide an opportunity for young people to think critically about the world we live in and offer a platform to express their views and opinions. Youth Theatre is a fun and safe space where young people can be themselves, be celebrated for who they are and feel comfortable to explore and question their opinions and identity. In my youth theatre practice I aim to create an environment where it is safe to experiment and to fail; where all are accepted and where there is no barrier to participation.
Every week I run youth theatre sessions for a range of age groups through various organisations. My Most recent youth theatre productions include ‘New Edina’ and ‘Mr Blue Sky’.
Collaborations Include: RE:Action Youth Theatre, Falkirk Youth Theatre, Lyceum Youth Theatre, Perth Youth Theatre, Lyra Young Artists, RCS Short Courses and The Drama Mill.
I believe that drama in schools encourages non-competative learning, provides an opportunity for pupils to see each other differently and a chance to bring a class together over a common goal. Collaborating with educators to find experiential ways for all pupils to learn is big part of what I do.
I often work in primary and secondary schools across Central Scotland. I have used drama both as a learning tool to meet the curriculum for excellence and as extra curricular opportunity for pupils. I also have experience leading CPD sessions for teachers on using drama in the curriculum.
Collaborations Include: Queensferry Primary Drama Club, Royal Lyceum Theatre (Project BFG, Project Narnia, Project Genie), Max in the Middle - NHS Forth Valley and Grangemouth High School.
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Collaborations Include: Children’s First, HMP Low Moss, the Scottish Prisons ARts Network, PKAVs Young Carers and Prince Charles Hospice.
Since 2017 I have had the opportunity to mentor emerging artists in their own facilitation practice. I have mentored second year students of Contemporary Performance Practice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Supported Creative Learning Interns at the Lyceum Theatre. This year I am the Amigos Co-Ordinator for the National Festival of Youth Theatre and will be supporting between 8 and 10 volunteers to take on new challenges and find the next steps in their youth theatre practice.