Staff Profiles: Dance (Level 6)

Karen Benjamin

Karen Benjamin

Academic Course Leader for Drama

Performing Arts and Play

I have a background in Professional Theatre and workshop facilitation. I specialise in improvisation and devising, as well as educational theatre programmes. I work freelance as a director and perform comedy improv.

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 Dance and Professional Studies in Children’s Play

Performing Arts and Play

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

Dr. Rachael Bock

Dr. Rachael Bock

Lecturer in Dance and Drama

Performing Arts and Play

Rachael trained at Ignite Dance Centre and specialises in dance technique, performance and choreography at the University. She has worked as a dancer and choreographer for various professional projects, is founder of Invoke Dance Company, and works as a guest choreographer for youth dance companies across the West Midlands.

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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.

Adam Gain

Adam Gain

Lecturer in Dance

Performing Arts and Play

I have performed professionally for a variety of contemporary dance companies, travelling all over the world. I specialise in dance teaching and inclusive dance practice, as well as improvisation and choreography.

Kate Littlewood

Kate Littlewood

Senior Lecturer in Drama

Performing Arts and Play

I have a background in acting, writing/translating and directing and I specialise in Classical Theatre, its theory and performance. I’m founder director of To The Elephant Theatre Company.