Curriculum Leader for HE Theatre, Course Leader BA (Hons) Theatre Arts
Specialist Areas of Delivery:
Theatre contextual studies, and theatre collaborative practice
Industry experience: scene-painter, prop and model-maker, designer of stages, auditoria, exhibitions, and temporary structures for corporate and private events, design partner in B. Harkin Associates Design Consultants.
Teaching experience: Lecturer in theatre contextual studies, technical theatre, and collaborative practice at Northbrook College, Wimbledon College of Art, Rose Bruford, and Dartington College theatre departments.
External examiner experience at UCLAN BA (hons) Musical Theatre, and Swansea Metropolitan University HND Technical Theatre.
Qualifications: BA (Hons) Theatre Design (Wimbledon School of Art), MA Visual Theory (University of East London), Fellow of the Higher Education Association.
Research and Publications
Book review of De Schouwburg in Beeld: Amsterdamse Toneelscenes 1665-1772 for Theatre and Performance Design
Co-editor with Jane Collins: Theatre and Performance Design: a reader in scenography (2010) Routledge/Taylor & Francis Grp
My research investigates the role of mark-making in costume drawing. The act of drawing costumes and the means by which costume drawings are drawn appears either to be suppressed or superseded by what the drawing is of and for, a costume worn in performance. The literature on costume design focuses on the function of drawings to illustrate costume rather than engage with reflection on doing and looking at them. It is as if there is an assumption of self-sufficiency in costume drawing to communicate effectively, which appears is tacitly understood by and between a drawing's creator and users, that I’m challenging through my research.
Editorial Board for Theatre and Performance Design. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Grp. – academic journal.