Staff Profiles: Karen Benjamin

Karen Benjamin

Staff Profile: Karen Benjamin
Academic Course Leader for Drama

Karen Benjamin

Karen Benjamin

Academic Course Leader for Drama

Performing Arts and Play

Karen has a background in Professional Theatre and workshop facilitation. She specialises in improvisation and devising, as well as educational theatre programmes. She works freelance as a director and performs comedy improv.

Biography

Karen has a background in performing having initially worked professionally in TV and theatre after graduating with a Drama & Dance degree. She was Director of her own Community Theatre Company for seven years and has experience of working with a wide range of children and young people, including having managed an Adventure Playground in Glasgow for Disabled children. Karen is a trainer and facilitator and has written many training courses for Playworkers, including Level 2 & 3 qualifications. At the University she delivers Modules in Acting, Devising and Theatre in Education, as well as being involved in European Projects promoting transfer of knowledge. Most recently working on ARTPAD (Achieving Resilience Through Play & Drama) an Erasmus + research project culminating in a training course for teachers and educators on how to use drama techniques and approaches within the classroom.

Karen continues to direct shows outside of the University and performs with Box of Frogs, a Comedy Improv group in Birmingham.

Qualifications

Award Title Institution Date
BA (Hons) Drama and Dance University of Worcester 1980
PGCE Drama Specialist University of Central Birmingham
DipH Playwork University of Gloucestershire

Membership of professional bodies

Equity The Actors Union

Teaching and research

Teaching

Karen teaches improvisation skills and devising techniques, as well as implementing Stanislavski methods through directing. She is skilled in educational theatre and drama teaching techniques which are explored through performances and modules. Karen also delivers Laban technique, a movement approach for actors.

Level

Undergraduate