Formerly a co-director of Muddy Feet Theatre & Arts and Figment Arts, I now work as a freelance arts facilitator and designer/maker as well as co-running High Top Circus, a small company that specialises in teaching aerial circus skills.


Since graduating from Bretton Hall College with a BA in Devised Performance in 1999, I have worked with young people in a broad range of settings including children’s theatre and community arts, education, playwork, outreach and therapeutic support. In 2010 I was awarded an MA in Inclusive Arts Practice from The University of Brighton School of Art.



A lot of my current work is very theatrical, using installation and narrative as stimuli for participants to create their own work. Please see my Creative Workshops page for more information.


Previous and current clients include The Worthing Dome Cinema,  various schools including The Cedar Centre Special School and Springboard Education, Hollingdean Community Trust, Brighton & Hove Fostering and Adoption Services, Barnardos and Create Studios, Brighton. I am currently an associate artist for Theatre Royal Brighton and Tea Dance for Little People.


I have 18 years experience working with children and young people and am comfortable working with people whose behaviour can be challenging and those with speech & language difficulties. I have done training in MAKATON, can use communication symbols and have a clean and current DBS and Public Liability insurance up to £10,000,000.


As well as home study and personal practice I try and do a short course for professional development each year. In recent years I have spent time studying performance for young audiences with both Oily Cart and Punchdrunk theatre companies and also completed a summer course in set design for performance at Central St Martins.

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Photo by Claire Griffiths.

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I am available to facilitate workshops which can be tailored to suit the needs of your group or written especially for them. I can also make props, puppets, signage and installations for theatre for young audiences. I am able to provide consultation and training in arts and inclusion, working with people who have speech and language difficulties and those whose behaviour can be challenging. Children's parties also now available.


My personal photography can be seen on my blog here *


*Please be advised that some images contain nudity.


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