I am a London based teacher, performer, director, choreographer and consultant.
Most recently I have been directing Sophie Page Hall's new work, Out of Darkness; Out of Order's new show, Once Standing; and Nikki and JD's Knot, winner of 2019 Total Theatre Awards, part of the 2019 British Council Showcase and currently touring.
I perform less these days, not because I don't love it (I really do love it), but simply because I've been focusing more on developing my own practice. In 2019 however I collaborated in the devising and performance of Seed with Circumference, and I am an ongoing member of the glorious cast-on-rotation for choreographer Janine Harrington's #ScreenSaverSeries, most recently at the Wellcome Collection London, as part of the Festival of Minds and Bodies, November 2019. I conceived and facilitate The Circus Director's and Choreographer's Afternoon Tea, a community building, sector developing, peer support event, hosted annually by, and with the support of, Jackson's Lane.
Over a decade ago I trained at the National Centre for Circus Arts and then LISPA (Lecoq pedagogy in theatre-making). More recently I have developed my own practice as a researcher, writer and choreographer, completing a Masters degree in Choreography with Distinction, at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
I was a founder member and joint artistic director of storytelling-theatre company You Need Me, and founder member and associate director of circus-theatre company Square Peg. My early career was spent generating and touring shows with these two companies, throughout the UK for something like a decade. This was made possible with the support of Arts Council England, Ideas Tap, Unity Theatre Trust, Bristol Old Vic, Newbury Corn Exchange, Jacksons Lane, Shoreditch Town Hall, The National Centre for Circus Arts, the Roundhouse and the National Theatre.
I am a certified Feldenkrais® practitioner and teach Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration® classes to professional performers and the wider public, as well as using the method in my own creative processes and training routines.
Feldenkrais is a practical movement method for physical well-being, rich in metaphor and transferrable practices. It encourages new perspectives through challenging habits and changing orientation, fosters curiosity through reframing instructions as invitations, and develops awareness by asking questions, to which we try and remain open, even if we think we already know the answer.
Like Feldenkrais, my creative process is based on asking questions and allowing my curiosity to guide me. Following my curiosity, I seem to return time and again to concepts of the body/self, and the body in society, the environment and our relationship to our world around us: nature, empathy, the body, ritual and community.
I teach theatre, physical theatre and devising, movement analysis and improvisation, creation for circus, dramaturgy and choreographic practices. As well as being a Feldenkrais teacher, I am also certified as a Body Control Pilates teacher. I offer classes and workshops for all levels and environments, specialising in or combining different areas of expertise as required. See Classes and Workshops for further information.