Creating links and exchanging theatre

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Dr Simon Bowes is a Lecturer in Drama and a creative arts practitioner. He works across a broad range of disciplines from film to sound art, from video to contemporary theatre. His work is defined by modesty of means and intricacy of thought - distinct within the ecology of British theatre, performance and live art.


Between 2009 and 2014 he led the acclaimed performance company Kings of England, which was commissioned by arts organisations such as Battersea Arts Centre, Greenroom, Leeds Met Studio Theatre, SPILL Festival at The Barbican, Hull Truck Theatre and Atelier Real in Lisbon. His work has been funded by Arts Council England on several occassions.


In June 2015 Simon received a commission from The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick, supported by the Jerwood Foundation.


Simon recently founded a second company, Ding & sich with the artist and sculptor Annie Lord.

Jillian Wallis

Pippa Guard

Simon Bowes

Harry Derbyshire

David Hockham

Ed Currie

Tess van Leeuwen

Dr Harry Derbyshire is Principal Lecturer in English Literature and Drama at the University of Greenwich, where he has taught since 2003.


He has worked on the Reminiscence Theatre Archive with Pam Schweitzer and Heather Lilley, and is co-author with Heather of the article 'Reperforming Memories'.


He has published on Roy Williams and Harold Pinter, and is working on an article about human rights and debbie tucker green with Dr Loveday Hodson of the University of Leicester.


His directing credits include Hurt Me (Ideally by Punching Me in the Face) and Not Stalking David Tennant.

Ed Currie is a theatre technician at Bathway Theatre, the University of Greenwich and a creative arts practitioner.


Together with Sarah Ruff he set up the multimedia, artist-led theatre company Patternfight in 2011 and has performed across the UK and received Arts Council England funding amongst other support opportunities.


Ed also works as a freelance technician for companies such as Living structures, Battersea Arts Centre, John Gordillo, The Waterman’s Arts Centre, The Young Vic Theatre, The Old Vic Tunnels, Oily Cart and Theatre 503.

David Hockham is a stage and production manager working across disciplines. He has lighting and staging design credits to his name for numerous festivals, productions and research projects. As a director he has worked on laboratory performances and site-specific pieces.


David holds an MA in Performance Practice and Research, a BA in Drama and Physical Theatre and a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning.


From 2008 till 2010 he toured Europe with his company Lost Banditos and also holds production management credits for the Edinburgh Fringe festival, Blind Summit's Puppetry Monologues, Guildford's International Music Festival, Red Shift & Chung Ying's Jekyll and Hyde, and more recently - Blood for Blood.


David manages his professional portfolio alongside teaching, course development and technical theatre support – first at the University of Surrey, and more recently at the University of Greenwich.


He has managed student work, ranging from large-scale musical theatre at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre for the Guildford School of Acting to intimate one-on-one experiences.  


David has begun a PhD entitled "Are we teaching what the industry wants? A longitudinal study looking at how we teach technical theatre in higher education."


Tess van Leeuwen is a Research Assistant at the University of Greenwich - working on the Bathway Theatre Network -  a writer and teacher.


She taught drama and worked as a project manager at Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre, and lectured in creative writing at the University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht, the Netherlands.


She gained an MA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and was awarded a distinction mark for her final feature film. She also holds a PGCE in Teaching the Arts and an MA in Film.


In 2014 she embarked upon an Art Residency in Kansas, USA where she collaborated with an illustrator on an artistic project around migration.  


Tess is currently developing several film scripts in collaboration with her writing partner Sara Baroni.

Jillian Wallis is a Senior Lecturer in Drama & Programme Leader at the University of Greenwich as well as a theatre director who specializes in physical theatre.


Recently she was director and co-creator of Reverie, a contemporary mime show performed at the Cos Reus Festival in Spain, 2015 and toured Greater London in 2016.  She was director and co-creator of So Pleased To Meet You, a performance about fantasy and virtual interconnectivity for the DRHA Conference, 2014.


Jillian has published articles in journals such as Body, Space and Technology, and Scene.  She holds an MA in Media Arts Performance and Practice and originally trained in Theatre at Dartington College of Arts before becoming a freelance performer and director. She toured with physical and visual companies such as Brith Gof and her own Twisted Stocking Theatre, which received funding from the Arts Council of England and London Borough Grants.


She recently created a performance and film piece Pub Under The Stairs, an ACE funded project with Emergency Exit Arts featuring a barmaid, a comb and a parrot.

Pippa Guard is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Greenwich.


She trained at RADA where she won the Ronson and Kendall awards. She has done seasons at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National theatre as well as the London West End.


One of Pippa’s first televsion roles was in A Comedy of Errors, closely followed by The Tempest, All's Well That Ends Well and A Midsummer Night's Dream. She also appeared in an adaptation of Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse with Kenneth Branagh and Michael Gough, The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady and The Riff Raff Element.


More recent successes include Hope and Glory with Lenny Henry and William Gaminara, Hearts and Bones with Dervla Kirwan and Hugo Speer, and two series of The Creatives. She has also appeared in Peak Practice.


In 1998 she graduated with a first-class degree in English and drama from the University of Greenwich. Her published research includes "A Defence of the First English Actress" in Literature & History and she appeared on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour to discuss Shakespeare's women.

Dr Natasha Oxley holds a DPhil in contemporary Polish drama from the University of Oxford, an MA in Actor Training and Coaching from RCSSD, a PGDip Acting from LAMDA and an undergraduate degree in Theatre Studies and Polish from the University of Glasgow.


Natasha is the founder and director of Chiffchaff Children’s Theatre which since 2012 has been performing stage adaptations of children’s books for young children and their families in East London, including in educational settings and libraries. Natasha recently set up Theatre Zurybida to stage contemporary European plays in translation.


Natasha has worked as an actor, director, lecturer, teacher, acting coach, translator, drama worker and workshop leader in several contexts. At Greenwich she leads the course in Applied Drama and teaches on other drama courses.

Natasha Oxley