Jodie Allinson

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20022023

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MA Drama Course leader and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Creative Industries, University of South Wales, where she teaches both practical and theoretical classes in twentieth and twenty-first century performance at undergraduate and masters level. In 2011 Jodie completed a PhD entitled Approaches to Multimedia Theatre: Theory, Practice, Pedagogy, in which she wrote about the creative and training processes of practitioners working across the disciplines of theatre, dance and video, as well as the pedagogy of interdisciplinary performance practice. Since completing her PhD her research themes have been interdisciplinary working practices, the nature and process of artistic collaboration, disability and performance. multimedia theatre practice, storytelling and autobiographical performance, theatre and ecology, performance and landscape, and teaching strategies for dyslexia. Underpinning all of these areas is a broader investigation into the interconnected relationship between language, cognition, body and space, as evident in the learning processes and development of performers and artists. She is a member of the Theatre, Media and Drama Research group and the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations. Jodie is also a recipient of USW-initiated Excellence in Learning and Teaching Awards, in 2008 and 2012 for Research-Informed teaching, and in 2013 for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Practice

Research interests

20th and 21st Century Performance; Performance and Landscape, Devising; Collaboration; Performance and Cognition; Storytelling; Autobiographical Performance; Interdisciplinarity; Performance and Pedagogy; Drama and Dyslexia; Performance and Stroke

Current Projects:

2023: Project Co-lead and co-researcher with Adeola Dewis: 'Investigating anti-racist performance pedagogy'.  

2023: Artist (in collaboration with Emily Underwood-Lee) on Inga Burrow's At a Loss project on creative grieving (Exhibition of work due September 2023)

2014 - now: Ongoing research into drama and performance practices that creatively embrace neurodivergence.  Specific focus has been firstly on developing approaches to teaching academic writing and research to students assessed with dyslexia and other SpLDs, and secondly on practices that embrace diverse processing speeds and styles.

Recent Projects:

2017 – 2018:  Research into Storytelling, performance and stroke rehabilitation.

2016: Dream Audience – participant with Emily Underwood-Lee in a five month performance research project with Karen Christopher (previously Goat Island), part of DIY 13 funded by the Live Art Agency

2016: Creative Collaborator as part of Caroline Sabin’s Creative Wales award

2015: Body, Metaphor and Landscape: a four month research project working both inside and outdoors with Yoga and Movement practitioners, to share knowledge and explore working practices

2013-2014: performer/deviser on Day to Go (Bridget Keehan), a site based performance in Barry, South Wales https://www.papertrail.org.uk/day-to-go/ 

Jan. 2013-2015: Body, Space Language – a research, learning and teaching project exploring alternative approaches to working with dyslexia. This project works with students as co-researchers to develop new knowledge into how performance and improvisation techniques can be applied to learning theory and developing fluency in academic language, University of Glamorgan: CELT funded project. The first year of the project worked with Drama students, the second year worked with both Drama and Music students from all years. New strategies for approaching research and learning were then applied to formal teaching situations outside the project, and findings were shared with colleagues throughout the School through research seminars.

In and Between, Cross-Faculty RIS funded project exploring the intersections between film, performance, and creative and critical writing. The project ran between May 2011 and Oct 2012, and led to the creation of On Vocation, a film installation piece co-created with Inga Burrows and screened at Whirley Gig Cinema London 2012; Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, 2013; National Eisteddfod, Denbigh, 2013.

Postgraduate supervision:
Sean Tuan John (PhD) 

Martin Constantine (PhD)

Emma Foley (MRes)

Teaching interests

Module Leader for Research Project and Theatre and Citizenship (both 3rd year BA) and Reflective Practice 1 (MA).
Development of and leading modules in Performance and Landscape.

Teaching interests

Development and leading extra-curricular workshops for students with dyslexia, exploring ways of utilising performance-making strategies when working with written language and theory.

Teaching and support with essay writing and research skills particularly for neurodivergent students, both through taught classes and 1-2-1 tutorials.

Education/Academic qualification

Senior Accredited Member of the National Association of Disability Practitioners (SAMNADP), National Association of Disability Practitioners (NADP)

Award Date: 1 Aug 2023

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Award Date: 1 Jun 2014

Drama, PhD, Approaches to Multimedia Theatre: Theory, Practice, Pedagogy

Award Date: 6 Jan 2012

Drama, BA (Hons), University of Wales

Award Date: 8 Jul 1996

External positions

External Examiner, University of Plymouth

20122015

Community Education Facilitator, Learning for Life, Llamau, Cardiff

20012003

Volunteer Coordinator, Penarth Youth Project, Penarth

19992001

Freelance drama facilitator in a variety of settings including youth and community groups, theatres, schools, playschools and festivals.

19982003

Community Drama Trainer, Cardiff Youth Forum Theatre

19972001

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