I joined Liverpool Hope University in September 2011 having just completed my Ph.D. in Drama at the University of Manchester. I hold a PGCAP from Liverpool Hope University, an MA in Applied Theatre from the University of Manchester and a BA (Ptychion) in Theatre Studies from the University of Patras. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Prior to teaching at Liverpool Hope, I have taught at Brunel University, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester. At Liverpool Hope, I am teaching on the Creative and Performing Arts, Drama Single honours, and Drama and Theatre Studies degrees, as well as supervising dissertations on a variety of subjects such as theatre and health, political theatre, applied theatre in prisons, among others.
My research over the last decade has opened up new understandings of the role of socially engaged theatre in assisting people in recovery from alcohol and other drug dependencies to socially reintegrate. Through practice-based projects, and academic publications my research continues to deepen and extend the understanding of the role of participatory arts to assist people in recovery from addiction to realize control over their representations in mainstream media and popular culture. I am a researcher-in-residence in Fallen Angels Dance Theatre, responsible for measuring and theorizing the impact of their work, as well as co-designing their artistic projects. My research covers a wide range of topics, including autobiography in performance, addiction studies and cultural theory, which are examined through their relationship with socially engaged theatre. As an applied theatre practitioner, I am actively involved in designing and conducting projects with different communities. I have extensive experience of planning and managing a series of projects with diverse community groups such as the homeless, inmates, problem drug users, and young people at-risk in various locations.
I have a track record of research projects and publications in established academic journals and edited books. The edited volume Addiction and Performance that I co-authored with Dr. James Reynolds (2014) is the first book to be published in this area. Forthcoming publications are consisting of three book chapters in International edited volumes that will be published by Palgrave MacMillan (O’Grady, forthcoming 2017), and Intellect (Musca and Galea, forthcoming 2018). In addition, I co-edited a special issue on Arts, Peace and Conflict published by Kritika Kultura (Desmond, et.al 2016) and my research project 'Staging Addiction Recovery' is included in Baxter and Low (2017) as a research case study of international significance.
I am a leading member of Liverpool Hope's Research Cluster ‘Performance as Cultural Intervention’ within which I often disseminate my research outcomes and co-curate research events at departmental and faculty level. I am a co-convenor on the Applied and Social Theatre working group of the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA). Since 2012, I am an active member of Liverpool Hope's educational charity Global Hope, and as part of this I have conducted art projects in Malawi and Sri Lanka.