Alison Reeves


Subject Leader and Joint Course Leader

Theatre and Performance

Contact Details

tel: 01905 855291

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.


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

Teaching & Research


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


In progress: University of Warwick,PhDTheatre in Education

1992: University of Central England,MADrama in Education

1986: Birmingham Polytechnic, PGCEDrama

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

Professional Bodies

TaPRA Theatre and Performance Research Association


“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)


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
2014/2015/2016Move on Up!
2013/ 2014Its Up to You!
2012Is it Worth It?
2011Why Bother?