Biography

Education

I have a BA in Drama (with specialisms in Film) from the University of Hull,  an MA in Theatre Practice from the University of Exeter and an MSc in Psychology from Oxford Brookes.  I also have a Certificate in Documentary Production from the renowned National Film and Television School.  I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  I have taken a range of other courses including: ‘An Introduction to Animal Behaviour’ from Oxford University; PADI Rescue Diver.

Employment History.

Prior to becoming a full time filmmaker I worked for nearly 20 years as a university lecturer, principally in Drama / Theatre and related practices. I was first at the University of Kent for 17 years, where I headed the Drama Department and set-up the School of Arts on the Medway Campus, and then at Manchester Metropolitan University where I was Head of Drama and on the senior management team of the Department of Contemporary Arts.

Before becoming an academic I worked in theatre as a stage manager, lighting designer and occasional set designer.  I also worked in lighting for film and video production – mostly for dance projects.

I am a highly experienced teacher and course designer, team leader, and project manager, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Film and Media Experience.

I became a full time filmmaker towards the end of 2013 and since then I have made 6 films as director / producer (often camera also).  Two of these have had significant exposure on the festival circuit and subsequent festival tours,  others were made for clients’ personal use (web and conference).

Although by no means an exclusive field I am particularly interested in working on films in wilderness areas, or those that engage with the landscape and our relationship to it.  I am an experienced trekker and occasional mountaineer.

Prior to moving into full time filmmaking my moving image work was primarily in mixed and multimedia project, usually integrating live, recorded and computer generated imagery with live performance. In 2000 I was project manager and chief investigator for the first project in the UK that integrated real-time, stereoscopic 3D GCI with live performance.

I am currently developing a feature length project, and actively seeking more projects in the arts and charity sectors.

Research & Writing

I have published books and academic articles on new media in performance (2 books, 2 articles), cultural performance / performance studies (3 articles) plus various other dictionary and biography entries.  My more recent articles have considered aspects of cultural geography in performance.

I also have a history of successful bid writing and fundraising, and of undertaking Practice as Research in areas of digital technologies / new media and performance.

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