I am a Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at the University of Kent, having previously worked as a Postdoc in the Philosophy department of the University of Liverpool and as a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and the Royal College of Art. My research interests are quite diverse, and include the intersection of philosophy and performance; object theatre; aesthetic pedagogy; collaboration between theatre makers and scientists; comedy and autism spectrum conditions. I was the Primary Investigator on ‘Comedy on the Spectrum: Exploring Humour Production in Adolescents with Autism‘, funded by the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust, and one of the organisers of the Autism Arts Festival funded by Arts Council England.
I am the author of two books, A Philosophy of Comedy on Stage and Screen and Rethinking Practice as Research and the Cognitive Turn, published by Bloomsbury and Palgrave Macmillan respectively. I was the co-editor, with Rich Allen, of a special issue of Performance Research ‘On Anthropomorphism‘, and I was the one of the editors of Puppet Notebook for two years.
As a theatre practitioner, I have worked with the Dummy Company on several productions including a residency at Cambridge University and with the Rare Theatricall on the final production of their Leverhulme Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music. As a producer I specialise in site-specific work, with my credits including Flatpack, an opera in Ikea.