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Alison Reeves

Subject Leader and Joint Course Leader

Institute of the Arts

Contact Details

email: a.reeves@worc.ac.uk

tel: 01905 5291

Alison Reeves is a drama practitioner with a particular interest in applied theatre and directing. She worked with 'Language Alive', a bilingual TIE company in Birmingham, and established links and ran workshops with The National School of Drama TIE company in New Delhi. As a founder member of 'Voicebox' TIE company she established the Equal Voices international arts festivals which show-cased work from the Birmingham and Delhi companies. Alison formerly directed plays for the MA Playwriting Studies course at the University of Birmingham and lectured in Drama in Education at Warwick University. At the University of Worcester she teaches a wide variety of modules and has continued to develop her TIE practice and research. 

Alison has directed five touring TIE programmes that aim to challenge Higher Education stereotypes and raise expectations: Why Bother? (2011); Is it Worth It? (2012); It's Up to You! (2013 -14); Move on Up! (2014 - 16) and Nursing a Future (2016) have been funded by the University and have employed Worcester's Drama and Performance students. She has recently presented conference papers at IDIERI 2012, TaPRA 2014, Inspiring Curiosity Conference 2015 and Performing Care Symposium 2016 based on this work. It's Up to You! was presented at National Universities Week 2014 at The Natural History Museum and won a National Higher Education Liaison Officers Award (HELOA) in 2014 based on its innovative interactive approach. In 2016 she was made a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in recognition of her work developing learning and teaching initiatives.

Qualifications

2016: Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
1992: University of Central England, MA Drama in Education
1986: Birmingham Polytechnic, PGCE Drama
1985: University of Birmingham, BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre Arts 

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching 

Theatre and Education
Directors and Directing
Directed Public Performance
Text and Context

Recent Conference Papers

'Heroism and Adventurism: Can Applied Theatre Practices give participants the experience of being the heroes and heroines of their own stories? TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association) Royal Holloway University 3rd - 5th September 2014

'Why Bother? An exploration of students and staff working together'. Taking Over the Academy: A Student Collaboration Conference, Kingston University, 7th June 2011

'Higher Education - Border Boundary? Can Theatre in Education help promote a University Education?' IDIERI 7 (7th International Drama in Education Research Institute), University of Limerick, 10th - 15th July 2012 


Qualifications

Qualifications

In progress: University of Warwick, PhD Theatre in Education

1992: University of Central England, MA Drama in Education

1986: Birmingham Polytechnic, PGCE Drama 

1985: University of Birmingham, BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre Arts 


Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

  • Theatre and Education
  • Staging Plays
  • Directed Public Performance
  • Applied Theatre

Recent Conference Papers

‘Nursing a Future.’ Performing Care Symposium at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. 15th December 2016

‘The Silent Majority: an exploration of voting software within Theatre in Education programmes.’ Inspiring Curiosity Conference at Belgrade Theatre Coventry 21st -22nd October 2015

‘Heroism and Adventurism: Can Applied Theatre Practices give participants the experience of being the heroes and heroines of their own stories?’ TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association) Royal Holloway University 3rd  - 5th  September 2014

'Higher Education - Border Boundary? Can Theatre in Education help promote a University Education?' IDIERI 7 (7th International Drama in Education Research Institute), University of Limerick, 10th  - 15th July 2012

'Why Bother? An exploration of students and staff working together'. Taking Over the Academy: A Student Collaboration Conference, Kingston University, 7thJune 2011

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

TaPRA      Theatre and Performance Research Association

Publications

Publications

“Introducing Worcester Weeks 2013 -14: A personal reflection based on my experience in the Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts. Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (September 2014)

Why Bother? Can Theatre in Education help promote a University Education?” Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (July 2011)

“Are we delivering what students want and need to succeed?” Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (July 2010)

“Language development through Theatre-in-Education”. In: Ackroyd,J. and Clark,U. (ed.) The principles and practice of drama in the language classroom (research series). Cambridge University Press (1996)

“Developing bilingual Theatre – in – Education programmes”.In : Blackledge, A (ed.) Teaching Bilingual Children. Trentham Books (1994)

Performances

Development and direction of Theatre in Education programmes (2011 – 2016) designed to raise educational aspirations of pupils in schools and colleges.

2016                                       Nursing a Future
2014/2015/2016                     Move on Up!
2013/ 2014                             It’s Up to You!
2012                                       Is it Worth It?
2011                                       Why Bother?

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities