I am a senior lecturer in drama and theatre studies and a Fellow of the Higher Academy of Education. I am course leader for the BA Drama and Theatre Studies pathway. My specialist area of teaching and research is Applied Theatre. I am the Recruitment Officer for the Department of Drama, Dance and Performance Studies. I also sit on the Library Steering Committee for the University.
I am published in areas of Applied Theatre and Dementia, Community Theatre, Storytelling/Narrative and Identity, Global Cities and Urban Regeneration.
I set up the first Hope Graduate Theatre Company (HGTC) for the Department in 2012 and continue to act as Managing Director of the company. The Theatre Company has become an annual feature of the Department, devising and facilitating a range of projects, visiting schools in the North West, delivering specialised drama workshops, and enhancing the Department’s recruitment efforts. HGTC work closely with our partnership groups and have successfully delivered projects with the TATE Liverpool and the European Opera Centre. They also work with the Department's 'Social Justice' research cluster, where are facilitating a three year project entitled ‘Forgotten Futures and the City’ with residents of nursing homes in Liverpool.
I hold a PhD from Trinity College University Dublin, titled 'Theatre in Urban Regeneration: Global Cities, New Narratives and the Regeneration of Ballymun (1998-2010)'. I have an Honours Masters Degree awarded by Dublin City University (St. Patrick’s College). My MA dissertation was titled' Inverted Images and Tilted Realities - Staging Historical and Fictional Narratives'. I initially trained as a classical actor at the Conservatory of Music and Drama, Rathmines, Dublin. I also trained with the Bil Keating Centre for Television Dublin, and hold a certificate in television production, direction and presenting. While living in Ireland, I was an examiner for the Royal Irish Academy of Music. I lectured in Drama at Newry Institute of Higher Education. I worked with community groups and developed and delivered a range of educational drama programmes for primary and secondary schools, and for adults with learning difficulties.