Lecturer - Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Applied theatre, is theatre created with, by or for communities. It is an umbrella term for a plethora of practices aiming to engage, advocate with, and provoke social change in various different forms for marginalised groups. Over the past 6 years, the field has been increasingly interested in the use of technology and its potential to engage complex communities in theatre aiming towards change in society. I am intrigued by the potential of affordable technology, VR 360 films, and AR apps and how they can enhance immersive storytelling experiences. This talk will provide examples of practice I have undertaken to meaningfully integrate technology into applied theatre practice. I will discuss the key ethical considerations of introducing various forms of technology into applied theatre, how I overcome difficulties in this process, and the impact of integrating new forms of technology to inject new life and possibilities into established historical practice, more specifically referring to Process Drama as a form of immersive storytelling.
I am a lecturer, researcher and Applied Theatre and Theatre and Media for Development (TMfD) Practitioner. At Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, I currently lecture on the BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education, MA Applied Theatre (Theatre in the Community and Drama Education) and (Theatre and the Criminal Justice System) programmes. Over the past 10 years, I have designed and implemented applied theatre projects in a range of community settings within the UK and abroad with an increasing investment in the use of technology in established practice methodologies to engage communities in applied theatre practice and innovation.