While studying for my BA in Anthropology at Durham University, I took an active role in the student theatre community through acting, producing, stage managing and directing.
I was given a Commendation by the National Student Drama Festival (NSDF) Judging panel for my debut directorial show 'After The End' by Dennis Kelly in 2017. After this I carried on directing within Durham and tackled a fantasy Pratchett with a cast of 35+ and a dog ('Carpe Jugulum') and created an original Mad-Max inspired version of 'Romeo & Juliet' by William Shakespeare.
Along with two friends, I produced and was creative overseer to 'Angels in Erotica' by Freddie Drewer, an original piece of writing that we took to Edinburgh Fringe 2017. We gained 4* and 5* reviews, gained sold out status, received publicity in the British Comedy Guide and The Metro Online, and made profit that was returned back into the Durham Theatre Community.
I entered Durham Drama Festival 2018 with an original piece of comedic writing called 'Hypoclitical' - a satirical take on the ideas of modern love stereotypes perpetuated in pop culture, and received positive feedback from industry professional judges.
In 2018 I decided to take the next step in becoming a professional creative and started the brand new MA Theatre Directing at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) in Wigan, aimed to develop and nurture creative philosophies and provide us with industry placements and experiences. Here, I am feeding my creative interest in mixed-media performance and interacting with like-minded Northern artists. While here, I assistant directed Alyx Tole on 'Treasure Island' by the BA Actors, Box of Tricks Theatre's 'The Last Quiz Night on Earth' by Alison Carr, and Sarah Punshon on 'The Jungle Book' at the Oldham Coliseum.
In April 2019 I took the initiative to reach out to Junction 8 Theatre to Assistant Direct Lancastrians under Liz Stevenson, actively contributing to rehearsals and running social media, experiencing my first professional rehearsal room and production.
In July 2019 I became part of the New Creatives North, commissioned by BBC Arts and Arts Council England to produce an audio piece around the subjects of Youth, Femininity, Protest and Power. 'Another Joan' will be available on BBC Sounds in Febuary 2020.
I also hold a Project Management Qualification accredited by the Association of Project Managers, and am interested in production creation and management.