Between 2001 and 2003 I was based in New York City performing and directing with Blue Inc. Theatre, and touring productions extensively throughout North America and Canada. I founded Pants on Fire in 2004 in London, and have directed all of the company's productions to date, performing in Germany, France, USA and throughout the UK.
I have directed over 30 theatre productions, many of which have been based on a process of ensemble creation. I like to embrace the total sum of theatre. My taste leans towards strong theatrical aesthetics and I often design and build masks, puppets, costumes and props for the shows I create. I have written several plays, including; Vicious (1997), Ovid's Metamorphoses (2009) which won the 2010 Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, The Fumidor (2011) and an original adaptation of Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio (2013).
I was Head of Movement at Rose Bruford College for over 12 years. As a teacher, I specialise in Ensemble Creation, Storytelling, Chorus, Clown, Mask and Expressive Movement. I worked for several years as a freelance visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway University of London, Brunel University, Rose Bruford College, Central School of Speech and Drama, Goldsmith's College and Greenwich University. I have taught my own workshop 'Adventures in Space' annually since 2000 in several venues across London and also at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Theatre Royal Windsor and Churchill Theatre Bromley. Abroad I have given workshops at Yale University in the USA , The Moscow Arts Theatre School in Russia, with Soulpepper Theatre Company and Equity showcase in Toronto, Canada, DAMU in Prague, Czech Repubic and Institut Teatre Barcelona, Spain.
I was born and raised in South Yorkshire. I live with my partner and wheaten terrier between London and the South West of France, where, in addition to running a beautifully renovated country farm house resort each summer, we have converted an18th century barn into an arts space and creative centre.
My work spans many disciplines in theatre: I direct, perform, write/devise, design/make and teach.
I am the founder and Artistic Director of multi-award winning, international theatre company Pants on Fire.
I trained at L'Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. Jacques Lecoq sadly passed away while I was in my second year of training. I attended the final class Lecoq ever taught and was in the final group of 2nd year students to have trained with Lecoq himself at the famous theatre school in Paris, which survives him.
Before that, I was an undergraduate at Royal Holloway University of London where I focused my studies on different forms of physical performance, specifically in the areas of Eastern Dance Drama, Japanese Noh Theatre, puppetry and mask. While there, I trained with renowned clown Angela De Castro, and at the end of my studies I was sponsored by the college to visit and train with Wlodzimierz Staniewski at Gardzienice in Poland. This led me to work and train intensively with Teatr Piesn Kozla - Song of The Goat. These experiences, though relatively brief, were fundamental in shaping my perception of performance and my interest in total theatre.
I gained an MA in Theatre Practices in 2009 (University of Manchester).