I am an expert in the creation and evaluation of education programmes. As a writer and academic, I have authored numerous articles and reports on the subject, including six text textbooks. I have more than twenty-years hands-on experience in facilitating educational programmes. Through my research and first-hand observation of international best practice in drama education, which includes doctoral and post-doctoral studies, I work as an educational content creator. I am also hoping to continue my work as a theatre reviewer now that I have returned home to Australia.
As a researcher and writer in theatre history and drama education, I have won several awards. For instance, as a postgraduate I won an Australian Postgraduate Research Award (APRA at the University of WA). On completing my doctoral research on theatre entrepreneurship, I was awarded the Eva Veronika Vidak Prize for Best PhD thesis in Australian literature by the University of Sydney. And as part of my work as the creative director of the Biscuit Factory Arts Centre, I worked on an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant in partnership with Dr Felicity Haynes of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Western Australia to study the impact of arts project on the development of creative thinking skills in primary and secondary students
As the Creative Director of the Biscuit Factory Arts Centre in Fremantle, Western Australia between 2001 and 2008, I devised and implemented over thirty drama and animation projects in after-school and holiday programmes for over 2000 young people, in which I focused on developing literacy and thinking skills. During that time, I won several grants to produce education programmes for local schools, youth festival organisations and arts for special needs.
I am the writer of the Drama course for Years 10, 11 & 12 for the Curriculum Council of Western Australia, from 2006 to 2014) after winning a bid from the Drama Syllabus Committee. The course is run for secondary high schools throughout the State. I was consequently commissioned by Impact Publishers to write a series three textbooks for the course. I have also published extensively in drama education and theatre history.
I have worked as London theatre reviewer, beginning with two London Fringe Theatre blogs, Fringe Review and One Stop Arts, for which I have written over 63 reviews of classical, contemporary and young people’s productions in two years.
I have taught years 7 to 10 at Sarah Bonnell School in Stratford, London in 2009 and subsequently visited South London Schools and attended education conferences in the UK to investigate the application of Arts Award and Arts Mark certification for primary and secondary schools through Trinity College, London.
Grant writer with the Bishop Ho Ming Wah Association, a central London Chinese association from who I’ve successfully raised a £30,000GBP grant for a Neighbourhood Multi Service Program, supporting Chinese parents of primary aged students, funding a Saturday Morning Home Club and running a Summer School for building confidence in Reading and Speaking in 2014 -15 UK academic year.