Staff Profiles: Performing Arts

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Sue Colverd

Sue Colverd

Principal Lecturer in Drama and Academic Subject Leader for Performing Arts and Play

Performing Arts and Play

I have an acting and directing background working nationally and internationally. I am passionate about exploring the actor’s processes in devising, classical and cutting edge contemporary work.

Clair Greenaway

Clair Greenaway

Course Leader for Events Management and Events and Tourism Management

Leisure Industries Management

Marketing

As a cultural events manager I’ve had the privilege of working with many amazing performers and in a wealth of fabulous settings. Bringing an event to life is challenging and rewarding in equal measure – there’s nothing like it!

David Last

David Last

Academic Course Leader for Performing Arts

Performing Arts and Play

I’ve performed as a musical director or accompanist across the world, and continue to work professionally, bringing that experience (and those contacts!) to the university.

Hilary Smith

Hilary Smith

Academic Course Leader for Professional Studies in Children’s Play

Performing Arts and Play

Leisure Industries Management

My career began on an open-access adventure playground in Cardiff where my passion for play was ignited.

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Karen Benjamin

Lecturer in Drama

Performing Arts and Play

I deliver modules in devising into directing for performance; performing arts in education; support dissertation and research students and am a personal tutor.

Dr. Matthew Checkley

Dr. Matthew Checkley

Senior Lecturer

Business Studies

I love linking the abstract to the practical. Strategy and innovation combine fascinating issues in psychology, network science, economics, history and ethics and seeing how these ideas combine to explain success or failure is quite something.

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Paula Douce

Lecturer in Dance

Performing Arts and Play

I started dancing at the age of two and have loved it ever since. Teaching dance is a passion rather than an occupation and dancing and teaching is a real joy, especially here at the University of Gloucestershire on the Performing Arts Degree.

Dr. Adrian Long

Dr. Adrian Long

Senior Lecturer in Theology and Biblical Studies

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

Biblical and theological perspectives offer sometimes surprising, sometimes problematic insights on what it means to be human. I’m fascinated by the hard questions they provoke for understanding who we are and how we might live.

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Christina Poulton

Lecturer in Drama and Performing Arts

Performing Arts and Play

I am a contemporary theatre producer and general manager and have worked in theatre and festival management, cultural programming, youth theatre and dance in a wide range of organisations.

Dr. Elizabeth Swift

Dr. Elizabeth Swift

Senior Lecturer in Drama and Performing Arts

Performing Arts and Play

My background is in theatre directing and writing and I specialise in multimedia theatre. I'm founder director of the performance company Void which presents work internationally. I teach contemporary performance - practice and theory.

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Dr. Amanda Williamson

Academic Course Leader for Dance

Performing Arts and Play

My interest in dance began when I realised the significant effects movement and embodiment can have on health and well-being.

Gillian Yates

Gillian Yates

Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts

Performing Arts and Play

I love exploring the voice in all its shapes and forms; it is our main resource as human beings! As a lecturer in devising and physical theatre, it is great to see the limitless possibilities of the spoken and sung voice in all areas of movement.