Company Director, NLP Trainer and theatre director
As founder and Artistic Director/ CEO of learning disabled and autistic theatre company, Access All Areas I have built a whole range of educational and creative programmes devising and directing cutting edge performances whilst strategically managing the direction of Access All Areas. The Performance Making Diploma in partnership with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama won the Guardian University Award for Student Diversity in 2015 and many of the graduates have gone on to perform professionally through the agency and performance company programmes. This includes playing the TV regular ‘Jason’ in BBC's Holby City and Cian Binchy’s ‘The Misfit Analysis’ UK theatre tour which The New York Times reviewed as ‘Informative, quirky and funny.'
Click here to see a Channel 4 news story about Access All Areas' work.
Click here to read a Guardian article about the large scale immersive theatre project and public engagement programme, MADHOUSE.
I recently wrote and produced 7 training films in partnership with Mencap and the National Autistic Society as part of the Oliver McGowan mandatory training in learning disability and autism for all English NHS staff.
I also have first hand experience of being a carer to my sister who has multiple rare disorders due to negligent spine surgery. I’ve travelled the world in search of a diagnosis, consulted with over 50 consultants and I have first hand knowledge of how communication can break down within professional relationships. I'm currently campaigning for the Cardiff and Vale University Health board to raise the funds for urgent neurosurgery in the USA.
I’m skilled in assisting groups to clearly articulate their needs and build confidence with professionals. I’m fully aware of the needs of carers and the confidence and self esteem that is lost due to their own loss of life and identity. This is why I wanted to develop this exciting company to offer combined skills to carers to get our lives back!
I have an MA Performance Making, BA (hons) Drama and Education and I’m a Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming. I’ve trained with forum theatre pioneer Augusto Boal and NLP pioneer Richard Bandler and I’m a fellow of both the Clore Cultural Leadership and the School for Social Entrepreneurs training programmes.
Here's a little video about my journey here: