Learning underpins everything I do. I practice, research, write, teach and mentor, tailoring training sessions to the age, abilities and interests of the people with whom I am working.
I am presently teaching intercultural storytelling and applied theatre at University of Leeds. I have taught outdoor arts, applied theatre, processes of performance, puppetry, mask and visual theatre to University Students in the UK, Turkey and Slovenia, as well as to other artists and my peers. In 2013, I published a book on outdoor arts, this is available in print or e-reader. Further articles, research and writing can be found on my blog.
I run conferences on outdoor and community arts, training sessions on producing community events to community workers, civil servants and artists and, through my role as Associate Producer at Creative Scene, have supported and mentored 5 volunteer run festivals in North Kirklees.
I enjoy using creativity to pass on skills and explore social issues that are relevant to people. I design bespoke creative workshops and consultations on issues such as citizenship, homelessness, drug misuse, teenage pregnancy, healthy lifestyles, bullying and life choices. I am comfortable working with disadvantaged communities, young people, people with physical and learning disabilities, prisoners, young offenders, refugees and asylum seekers and I continue to explore community arts work as freelance Co-Director of Edgelands Arts.
Here are some comments:
"Bev was an enthusiastic module leader who taught me so much throughout this module. I felt supported throughout the whole process." 2nd year undergraduate student University of Leeds
"Fiercely fascinating and just plain awesome” Student, Sugla School for Street Theatre, Slovenia
"Thank you very much for accepting my invitation and coming to Antalya.
You were so generous in sharing your puppet teaching with us. I , my students and rest of the group learned so much from you. You are a great teacher. Now we need to see how we can bring you to Eskisehir to work more." Dr Ebru Gökdağ, Associate Professor, Performing Arts, Anadolu University, Turkey
Below is a snap shot of some of this work. Please click on an image to find out a little more.