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The Guild of Lillians production company
Senior Lecturer In Theatre
York St John University
Research Fellow for C4C
Theatre and Performance Practice
York St John University - Arts - Kay Hepplewhite
York St John University - Arts - Kay Hepplewhite Kay Hepplewhite Kay Hepplewhite Biography for Kay Hepplewhite, Senior Lecturer in Theatre (Community Arts) York St John University An experienced performer, director and facilitator for theatre in youth and community settings, Kay Hepplewhite has particular research interests in the application of social theatre techniques with young people and women. She has presented at national and international events including Women Playwrights International conference, Manila, Philipines 2003 and Women Writing for Performance Symposium, Lancaster May 2006, Feminism and Popular Culture, Newcastle June 2007. Kay worked as a performer, devisor and workshop leader in Community Theatre, Theatre in Education and within youth work settings before becoming a lecturer. She was a research associate at Northumbria University and has an MA (Dist.) in Theatre and Performance Practice. She directed recent youth performance commissions for Sage Gateshead, Northern Stage, and Northern TUC Youth Forum and is currently co-director of The Guild of Lillians production company. Kay has recently been appointed as Head of Programme for the newly validated Foundation degree Community Arts which builds on current applied practice in visual art, music and drama/theatre at York St John University.
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Senior Lecturer in Theatre
Kay Hepplewhite , Head of Programme Community Arts Foundation Degree, Senior Lecturer Theatre.
A performer, director and facilitator for theatre in youth and community settings, Kay Hepplewhite has particular research interests in the application of social theatre techniques with young people and women. She is a Research Fellow for C4C at York St John with a project, 'Investigating the skills of an applied theatre worker' . For more information about these courses, or to discuss bespoke training requirements, please contact Kay Hepplewhite:
Kay Hepplewhite, community theatre lecturer, is leading the project, and says:
"We could actually see the creases where the actor had folded the vellum and parchment to fit it in their pocket, probably during rehearsals. We are making a facsimile for the public to actually hold during the performance. If they go to the City Archive they can see the original". Kay is creating 'The Archivists Play' with students, a 20 minute guided experience in the library Marriott Room and archive basement.
Trades Union Congress - Northern TUC Young Members Network
Under the direction of Kay Hepplewhite, former Research Associate at the University's Centre for Public Policy (CPP), the applied drama techniques made use of Augusto Boal's Forum Theatre approaches to explore issues relating to trade unions, employment, and young people's aspirations.
The group of students researched and devised a performance to open the event. They also facilitated workshops, which used participatory approaches to theatre to find practical solutions to young people's experience of exploitation and injustice. Kay Hepplewhite said 'The project has arisen from a successful collaboration within the University between the CPP and the Performing Arts Department to develop research initiatives around Social Theatre applications.