2003 MA Fine Art, University of Plymouth.
1994 PGCE Art, St Luke’s University of Exeter.
1983 BA (Hons) Fine Art: [Painting] Exeter college of Art and Design.
2003 MA Fine Art University of Plymouth
1993 PGCE St Luke’s University of Exeter
1980-83 BA [ Hons] Fine Art Exeter College of Art and Design
1979-80 Foundation Course Art Portsmouth College of Art
1977-79 Prices Sixth form College, Fareham, Hampshire. A Levels
1972-77 Prices Grammar School, Fareham, Hampshire. O Levels
Associate Lecturer Plymouth University 2001-16 Screendance practice, Digital performance, Digital dance.
Lecturer BA hons Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Plymouth college of Art 2014-16
Art Teacher Exeter School, Exeter UK 2001-2011
Stark Gallery, Lee Green, London.
Summer Show, Highgate Fine Art, Highgate, London.
Mixed Show, The Nevill Gallery, Canterbury.
Mixed Show, Beatrice Royal Art Gallery, Eastleigh.
Ichikawa Gallery, Tokyo.
Thomas Corman Art Consultants, London.
Mixed Show, 3D Gallery, Bristol.
Highgate Fine Art Highgate London.
3D Gallery. Bristol.
Wills Art Warehouse Fulham, London.
3D Gallery Bristol
Christmas show Highgate Fine art London
Touring art fairs show. Miami, Chicago & New York.
3D Gallery Bristol
Highgate fine art London
3D Gallery Bristol
Affordable art fair London Gordon Hepworth Fine art
New York art fair, Wills Art Warehouse
London Art Fair [Gordon Hepworth]
Dublin Art Fair Ireland
Highgate Fine Art London
3D Gallery Bristol
Glasgow Art Fair, Dublin Art Fair.
Smelik and Stokking Fine Art, Amsterdam.
Solo show, Art Terracina Exeter [Including film installation]
Highgate Fine art Summer show
Andrew Stark Gallery, London
3D Gallery Bristol
Paris Art Fair [ Andrew Stark Gallery]
Wills Art Warehouse, London.
Glasgow Art Fair [ Andrew Stark Gallery ]
Affordable art fair London [ Andrew Stark Gallery]
New York Art Fair [ Wills Art Warehouse]
Smellik and Stokking Gallery, Rotterdam Netherlands
Smellik and Stokking 40 years anniversary show. The Hague, Amsterdam, Rotterdam.
Solo show ‘Substrata’, Northcott Gallery, University of Exeter.
Ten Artists for the new decade, Highgate
Contemporary Gallery, London.
Solo show Smellik and Stokking Gallery, Amsterdam.
3D Gallery Bristol
Solo Exhibition, Galanthus Gallery, Hereford
Wessex landscape, Highgate contemporary London
Mixed show Store st Gallery, Bloomsbury London
AAF London [ Highgate Fine Art ]
Smellik and Stokking The Hague Netherlands
New York Art fair New York USA [Andrew Stark]
AAF Battersea London [Wills Art]
Store Street Gallery, Landscape show London
Work at Tighnaburaich Gallery, Argyll Scotland
Hatch Gallery, Christchurch Dorset
Oct 2012 AAF Hampstead [Highgate Contemporary]
Geneva Art Fair, Switzerland Jan 2013
Stockholm Art Fair Sweden.
Tor Land Solo exhibition. Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire.
Store Street Gallery London
Highgate Contemporary London
Rowsley gallery Derby
Highgate Contemporary London.
AAF London Store Street Gallery
Hatch Gallery Dorset
Store street gallery, London
Hatch Gallery Dorset
Worh in collections
University of Plymouth, Paintings and film work
University of Exeter 2009, Two major paintings.
Jesus College, 20010 University of Cambridge four paintings.
Work in private collections in Toyko, New York, Paris, Amsterdam.
educational & professional
• Professional Dance Training in Choreography and Performance, London School of Contemporary Dance (1976-1979)
• Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, University of Plymouth (2001)
• Eastwest Somatics Institute for Yoga, Dance and Movement Studies, certified and registered Somatic Movement Educator with ISMETA, 2015.
Other professional training and study:
1983-86 Merce Cunningham Studio; Murray Louis/ Alwin Nikolais School; Vocal and Movement Theatre Practice with Meredith Monk; Limon technique with Ruth Currier, New York.
2001 Workshop with Phillip Zarrilli, Making the Body all Eyes, International Theatre Workshop Festival, London.
2006-15 Eastwest Somatic Movement Certification workshops and research with Sondra Fraleigh, USA, Italy, Greece, UK.
2015 Chair’s Training Plymouth University for Approvals
Current academic position and role at Plymouth university:
2006–present: Subject Head for Theatre & Performance (THPF) Subject in the School Art & Media
2011–2016: Associate Head of School Performing Arts & Creative Enterprise
2016–present: Associate Professor, Associate Head of School for Performing Arts and Employability for the School of Humanities and Performing Arts (HPA), Programme Leader for BA Dance and ResM Dance.
Managerial and leadership duties include:
• Admissions tutor, overseeing recruitment and conversion strategies and marketing materials for the Subject
• Liaising with International Office and AHoS for internalisation regarding recruitment strategies and marketing materials
• Mentorship to associate lecturers and new core staff
• Senior Personal Tutor Role for the Subject and developed Subject specific policy to deliver Personal Tutoring most effectively for Performing Arts
• Writing of job adverts and job specifications for appointments
• Leading on interviewing and recruitment processes for Academic staff, and Theatre technical staff
• Developing career and employability strategy for HPA School
• Line Manager for 12 academic staff in the Subject areas of Theatre and Performance and Music. Completing staff workload allocations and performance development reviews
• Line Manager for the House Development and Partnership Manager post aligned to the House (Performing Arts Building) Commercialisation strategy
• Due to discipline specific nature of operations in THPF, I effectively line manage two Theatre technical staff with the Faculty Technical Manager.
• Chair for HPA School Employability Group
• Member of HPA School Executive team ,HPA School Teaching and Learning Group, Faculty Employability Group
Leading on strategic developments for academic unit and Faculty level and dealing with change initiatives:
• In 2007 I oversaw the successful relocation of Theatre and Performance Subject from the Exmouth campus to the main Plymouth University campus. It soon became apparent that these new resources lacked the required specifications to support the student experience and for the Subject to be able to compete with our competitors. Working closely with my Dean, I contributed to the development of the business plan and proposal for a new Performing Arts building. The House opened in 2014 and is a world class mid-scale performance space. With the growing success of the new BA Acting degree, the Subject is now entering into a further major strategic development with Theatre Royal Plymouth, proposing a shared identity and formation of a conservatoire model. This development is hugely significant for THPF recruitment and attracting more international students, developing the University’s profile, regionally and nationally, enhancing the student experience and embedding employability skills and work experience opportunities.
Contributions to creative enterprise and raising profile of the university
• 2011 – 2013: Director of the HPA School Annual Showcase, led and directed a prestigious enterprise activity and championed innovation in enterprise activity. The Showcase celebrated student work and achievements across the different subject areas in the School, English and Creative Writing, Music, History, Theatre and Performance, Art History and Dance Theatre. It promoted the identity and distinctiveness of each subject area and shared with visitors and audiences student enhancing learning experiences on their degree, such as field trips, work based learning opportunities, engagement with external professional organizations, performance platforms, and other activities aligned to their programme of study, examples being the literature society, Ink Magazine, Art History’s field trips to Vienna and Paris, music students playing at the Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival and Theatre and Performance’s Scratch nights. The Showcase scheduled over 3 days offered workshops and performances for incoming school groups with performances to 600 children and wider audiences. The Showcase was highly successful in promoting HPA School, its strengths and making it more visible internally and externally as a thriving and dynamic School.
• July 2015: In Partnership with Plymouth Dance arranged for the House to Host UDance Festival 2015. Organised and facilitated use of the House to host incoming National Youth Dance Festival, with 400 dancers taking workshops at the House, attending a careers event and dance rehearsals. Prepared copy and design of poster for UDance marketing materials.
• In my role as AHoS I play a strategic role in supporting the House Development Manager in the hire of our specialised spaces, for example facilitating Birmingham Royal Ballet who are frequently in residence at Theatre Royal and in partnership with Plymouth Dance the House hired out spaces August 2016 for Dance Summer School with choreographers on international standing.
Effective academic leadership- contribution to school, faculty /university leading
2011–2016: Chair for Peninsula Arts Performance Advisory Group (PAPPAG) group overseeing annual incoming Performance Programme and theatre residencies, eg Romanian Theatre & Book Festival 2011 and all incoming professional performances into the House Theatre.
2012–2014: Member of Performing Arts Centre Operations Group attending meetings with project team/ architects
2016/17: Investigating officer for major student and staff grievances, reporting to Human Resources and the Dean and working to see positive resolutions
2013–2015: Member of Creative Industries Group
2015-2016: Member of PAC Screen Project Steering Group development of Digital Screen Policy and guiding mission statement and to mitigate any potential risk.
2015–present: Member of Peninsula Arts Management Board
2015-present: Member of House Commercialisation Implementation Group
2016-present: Member of steering group for development of Conservatoire model and partnership with Theatre Royal Plymouth
Track record of curriculum development:
• Successful approval of BA Dance Theatre 2007
• Successful approval of Stage 3 top up degree in Digital Performance
• Successful re-approval of BA Theatre and Performance 2012
• Successful approval of MRes Dance 2011, replaced by ResM Dance 2015.
• 2014 approval of new curriculum for BA Dance Theatre placing an emphasis on training modules and to align with the new award title of BA Dance.
• Successful approval of MA/MFA Choreography, 2014.
• Revision of Level 6 modules on BA Dance and BA Theatre & Performance for 2017/18 embedding career development opportunities with the addition of, three new modules: Professional Strategies- Creative Enterprise, Professional Strategies – Festival, Professional Strategies – Practice as Research.
Summary of significant personal achievements in education.
In 2002 I was a member of the regional South West Practice as Research in Performance group (PARIP) along with my colleague Prof Roberta Mock who was Chair. PARIP was a five-year AHRB project directed by Baz Kershaw and the Department of Drama: Theatre, Film, Television at the University of Bristol. Roberta Mock and Ruth Way (2005) co-authored an article for Studies in Theatre and Performance, ‘Pedagogies in Theatre (Arts) and Performance (Studies) Studies in Theatre and Performance 25:3,pp.201-213. Intellect.
As a practical scholar I have championed and led on pedagogical strategies to develop the ‘thinking dancer / theatre maker ’ and for assessment modes across THPF undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to enable our students to evidence embodied knowledge and understanding through their discipline. The range of assessment modes has been commended by our external examiners and described as innovative and most relevant in preparing students for practice led research outcomes and the development of new methodological approaches.