I joined Liverpool Hope University in September 2011 having just completed my Ph.D in Applied Theatre at the University of Manchester. I hold an MA in Applied Theatre from the University of Manchester and a BA (Ptychion) in Theatre Studies from the University of Patras, Greece. Currently, I am undertaking the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice at Liverpool Hope University. 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 courses: Practice in Drama ,Community and Applied Drama, Advanced Community and Applied Drama as well as supervising dissertations on a variety of subjects such as theatre and mental health, political theatre, applied theatre in prisons, among others.
My principal research interests lie in the field of applied theatre and social change. In particular, my professional practice and research centres on applied theatre as a tool to promote social inclusion in marginalised and vulnerable communities. My doctoral research explored the implementation of applied theatre with problem drug and alcohol users in England and Greece. 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. In 2012, I co-curated with Dr James Reynolds (Kingston University London) the international multidisciplinary conference ‘Performance and Addiction: The New Normal?’. Currently I am publishing articles on applied theatre with people in recovery from alcohol and drug dependency.