Empowerment. Creativity. Connection.
‘You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have’
‘Your true home is in the here and the now’
Thich Nhat Hanh
I was born in North Wales (UK) in 1964. I graduated from Hull University with a degree in English Literature and then completed a Masters Degree in Theatre at Leeds University.
I’ve worked for three decades as a performer, story-teller, teacher, director, writer, researcher, academic and community artist living in the UK, Australia then back in the UK. In Australia I worked for a while at Monash University (Melbourne) and in the UK as Senior Lecturer in Performance at Huddersfield University. While there I set up and ran an innovative MA based on my way of training performers.
In 2010 I left the security of an institution to establish DUENDE – an international ensemble performance company. In 2015 DUENDE’s work expanded to include The DUENDE School of Ensemble Physical Theatre – an initiative to train performers internationally.
In the decade between 2010-20 I worked extensively round the world, teaching, directing, performing, lecturing – including engagements in Seattle, Bogota, Melbourne, Mexico City, Berlin, Hangzhou, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Delhi, Athens, Stockholm, Bangalore, Kolkata and elsewhere.
From 2017 onwards I began to be increasingly interested in how my work could empower people working in corporate, community and educational settings. This work began to flower – before the pandemic brought the world to a halt – during visits to Malaysia and China.
I left DUENDE in 2020 to focus on more individual training, coaching and mentorship.
In 2021 I moved to rural Ireland from where I now coach, mentor and train people as well as contribute to creative projects as writer, voice artist, consultant and collaborator.
In 2021 I established ‘Teach Performance’ to help Artists become better workshop leaders, and Momentum Coaching to work with a small number of clients, helping them get unstuck, re-aligned with their passion, and to refind their path. Momentum works primarily in the areas of corporate, educational and community development.
I recently published my third book (‘How To Teach Performance’) and seem – accidentally – to be considering a fourth one….
All of my work across performance, corporate and community contexts is united by the approach to teaching I’ve developed over the decades – Self-With-Others. It’s basis is the understanding that we are all interconnected and unless we explore and understand our connections we can neither unblock nor grow. Our connections are internal (between mind, body, health, diet, stress-levels, emotions, personal history etc) and external (with other people, with non-human life, with landscape, with literature and culture). We need to nurture and respect both.
The pandemic made me realise I want to travel less and dig deeper into what contribution I can offer to making the world a better place to be.
I paint, photograph write, compose music and do a lot of walking by the sea.
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