I trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama first as a jazz vocalist and then on the Mmus Leadership course. Since then my practise has evolved to encompass theatre, solo and ensemble performance and creative facilitation. Over the last 7 years, I have lead creative workshops in a range of contexts from psychiatric units to abandoned cinemas, from orchestral halls to farms both here and other places such as: India, West Africa, Indonesia, Singapore, Ireland and Bosnia. My performances are inspired by these experiences.
In 2012 I devised and performed ‘The Fish Tales of Alaska’, a collaboration with contemporary dancers, which ran at The Yard Theatre, following 2 creative residencies at The Barbican. Since then I have had repeated runs of my solo show ‘Finding Frank’, fully supported by Arts Council UK. This piece, inspired by my music therapy work was devised and performed in collaboration with documentary film and live animation.
I have facilitated large scale creative projects for Barbican Creative Learning, the most recent one being the ‘Snap Shots Songs’ Project held at Milton Court Concert Hall and have given talks at Roehampton University, Barbican, VivArtista and Wow Talks.
I currently run the choir at Crisis (http://www.crisis.org.uk), I tutor students at the GSMD to work with music as a therapeutic tool in various health care and educational settings and I compose and perform with my vocal trio ‘Goodbye Leopold’ (http://goodbyeleopold.com).
I stand for exposing things:- issues that I feel need talking about, processes that I feel should be shared. I like finding the idea that is hidden, finding potential and nurturing it, bringing people together, asking questions, and listening to everything. I am in to creating environments in which ideas come alive, facilitating exploration for others and for myself and I like taking risks in both my workshops and my performance pieces. I am spontaneous; I like to make rules then break them. I like discovering new languages and challenging what it is to be a performer. I have just started working on my next solo theatre piece…
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