In July 2013 I took over as Convenor of the MA in Writing for Performance and Dramaturgy at Goldsmiths and enjoyed my 18 months running it very much.
I recently started co-supervising my first PhD student and am currently external Examiner on the BA and Drama, Scriptwriting ar Northumbria University
I have worked on the MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths for the last ten years. Over the same period I have also been External Assessor on the MA in Scriptwriting at UEA.
I was a school teacher for a year immediately after university, teaching English, Drama, General Studies and Sport (!) at The King’s School, Worcester. I was walking around the lovely grounds next to the cathedral when the Deputy Headmaster casually informed me that he had come for a six month stay some 35 years previously. It was at that moment that I decided, while I really enjoyed teaching, a career as a school master was not for me. It was an intense year and baptism of fire into the world of work. I learned as much in that year as in my three at university and remember very strongly the wisdom and generosity of Peter Diamond, my head of department
Higher and Further Education was more for me. I have since also taught undergraduate drama at UEA, Goldsmiths and television at West Hertfordshire College.; run workshops for The Actors Centre, Goldsmiths, UEA, Dartington, University of New South Wales, New Victoria Theatre, Stoke;
I have done career development sessions for Liverpool Everyman / Playhouse, Tinderbox, New Writing South, NALD, literaturetraining and Menagerie. I facilitated a dozen career development round tables for playwrights across the UK as part of Turning Heads Into Tales (2006-2007) I have set up and delivered four different mentoring schemes for playwrights and mentored a number of talented playwrights.
Thanks to Deutsche Bank and Jeffrey d’Souza, I co-produced with Mousetrap Theatre Projects Write Thinking: a playwriting programme linked to the citizenship curriculum for schools in London. Initially started in Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets. Sparked by a visit to a play which raised issues relevant to the citizenship agenda, Write Thinking enabled Year 9 students from 4 schools to find their own literary voices. Led by playwrights Jennifer Farmer and Anthony Fletcher, the workshop programme included sessions to explore and debate the themes raised in the play, followed by up to four sessions focused on writing. Students then wrote their own 10 minute plays. A selection of these was then performed by professional actors as a rehearsed reading at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. The second edition was held in Harrow, Brent and Barnet, with playwrights Diane Samuels, Joseph Coelho and Lance Woodman and final presentation held at the Arts Theatre presided over by Roy Williams, Bonnie Greer, Diane Samuels and Carole Winter. The third edition featured schools from Brent, Harrow and Bromley, with playwrights Amber Lone, Sita Bramachari and Anthony Fletcher and a showcase at The Ambassadors Theatre. (2005-2008)
I believe very strongly that whether in formal or informal settings, we should train people for an industry that does not yet exist, while at the same time training them to be generative – for themselves and others, for there is a mismatch between those in Higher Education and Training and readily available jobs…