CURRICULUM VITAE

stephen clarke

Stephen Clarke is an award winning film director living in Somerset.

He is currently working as a freelance director and tutor in video production.

other teaching includes:
Dartington College of Arts
Television School of Estonia
Strode College, Somerset
The Engine Room, Bridgwater
Bridgwater College BA students

gog theatre company - 1981 to 1994

background info:

Founder member of Gog Theatre Company working for 13 years as an actor, teacher and director.

The company became one of South West England’s leading companies specialising in new devised performance work for regional and national touring, theatre for young people, and International Cultural Exchange leading projects in the Cameroon, West Africa, St Petersburg and the Republic of Georgia.

different voices | 2017

film maker / mentor

A Neurodiverse film talent development programme of workshops and mentoring for nine emerging film makers. Five of the films are being showcased at the Edinburgh Festival 2017.

Co-produced with 104 films

Supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds.

 


polish voice TV | 2016 – 2017

polish-voice-tv-01film maker / tutor

Working with Polish residents from Somerset to make content for the launch of a new online channel called Polish Voice TV.

The project is initiated by Somerset Film and is funded by the Somerset Skills & Learning Council.

 


john wesley | 2016

john wesleyfilm maker

Working with students from six Primary Schools to produce live action/animation films for the refurbished John Wesley Museum in Bristol.

Commissioned by Cod Steaks design and build company 2016

 

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cabin on wheels | march 2013 – may 2016

cabin on wheelsdesigner / maker / plumber / electrician / etc

As far back as I can remember, I have wanted to build a small wooden house. So, in March 2013 I began what was to be a three year project to construct my own ‘cabin on wheels’, a total adventure as I had never made anything on this scale before.

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dorset artist’s films | june 2016

clare trenchard

editor

Two films profiling the work of Dorset Artists, Clare Trenchard and David Holland.

A series of films by Sue Palmer, commissioned to support the Lyme Regis Sculpture Trail 2016

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smear test film | october 2015

smear test filmscript development / co producer

A film for the NHS Partnership Foundation Trust in association with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust promoting better awareness about Cervical cancer aimed at women with learning disabilities.

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts in association with Somerset Film 2015.


get active | may 2015

get active

script development

DVD of five films produced with adults with learning disabilities looking at encouraging engagement in more active, healthy lifestyles.

Commissioned by Somerset County Council – Public Health

a biggerhouse production for JUMPcuts 2015

 

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making a difference | december 2014

making a difference

producer / director / editor

DVD containing nine films showing how Somerset County Council support people with learning disabilities to lead extraordinary, independent lives.

Commissioned by Somerset County Council

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts in association with Somerset Film 2014.


germ academy trainer’s pack | july 2014

germ aacademy trainer's pack

writer / producer

Creation of teaching that pack works alongside Germ Academy, an award winning comic horror film about food hygiene made by adults with learning disabilities.

The pack provides an interactive flexible learning experience designed to help students live independently.

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts in association with Somerset Film 2016

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the attic | july 2014

film maker in residence

Working at two transitional centres for excluded students aged 9-18 as part of Into Film’s See It Make It programme. The project matched professional filmmakers with local clusters of film clubs to support groups of young people to make their own short films.

Supported by the British Film Institute, Into Film is the UK’s film learning programme for 5-19 year olds, encouraging and enabling watching, making and critical understanding of film

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epilepsy training film | june 2014

epilepsy training film

producer / director / editor

An epilepsy awareness training film, this is a dramatised reconstruction showing the stages leading up to a secondary generalised Tonic clonic seizure.

Commissioned by the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts in association with Somerset Film 2014.

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bfi – film academy | august 2013

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film maker in residence

Working with Somerset Film as a guest lecturer in film for young student film makers on the BFI Film Academy Scheme: a new UK initiative providing opportunities and training for talented and committed young people from all backgrounds (aged 16-19) to develop new skills and build a career within the film industry.

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pimp my shed | august 2013

pimp my shedshed builder / film maker

8 young people designing and building a shed on wheels as part of a 3 week Summer Arts College in Trowbridge.

A biggerhouse film project for Wiltshire Youth Arts Partnership and the Wiltshire Youth Offending Service supported by UNITA and Arts Council England

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my health, my choice | july 2013

my health, my choice

producer / director / editor

5 interactive training films about the barriers to accessing care for people with learning disabilities.

Commissioned by Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

JUMPcuts presents a biggerhouse film production in association with Somerset Film 2014

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side by side film | march 2013

side by side

co – producer / editor

Short film about the arts manifesto arrived at during the side by side inclusive arts festival held at the Royal Festival Hall in March 2013. An international exhibition showcasing learning disability, art and collaboration.

Commissioned by The University of Brighton’s Faculty of Arts Inclusive Arts Practice MA

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norway asylum comic | september 2013

production design director

Working with Wolf and Water and Redd Barna Save The Children, Norway to produce a comic using stories and drawings generated with young asylum seekers recently arrived in Norway.

The comic will be published in Norway and will be aimed at helping future young asylum seekers understand the process they will go through as they settle into a totally new world.


rip | may 2013

producer / director

Lost in the world of her drawing book, Amy tries to escape the boredom of a cooking class at college but gets more than she bargained for as her fellow students turn against her . .

Made with students from Bridgwater College, RIP is a three minute comic horror film made for First Light

A biggerhouse film for JUMPcuts / 104 films

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mentoring | april 2013

film maker / student mentor

Working over a term with degree student Sam Al-Haj to produce his film ‘moody’ an unusual documentary about depression and anxiety.

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dance for camera | april 2013

film maker in residence

workshop with Bath & North East Somerset Youth Dance Company for Somerset Film and Pavilion Dance South West

 

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side by side – 2013

collaborator

Working with Rocket Artists and The University of Brighton’s Faculty of Arts Inclusive Arts Practice MA to develop the film programme for Side By Side, an international exhibition showcasing learning disability, art and collaboration.

The exhibition ran for a month in the Spirit Level Gallery in the Royal Festival Hall. London in March 2013


bfi film academy | january 2013

film maker in residence

Working with Somerset Film as a guest lecturer in film for young student film makers on the BFI Film Academy Scheme: a new UK initiative providing opportunities and training for talented and committed young people from all backgrounds (aged 16-19) to develop new skills and build a career within the film industry.


earth festival | summer 2012

producer / director / editor

Production and design of a DVD including 9 films for the Jurassic Coast Earth Festival 2012 showcasing a programme of specially commissioned arts projects to celebrate England’s only natural World Heritage Site; the 95 miles of stunning coastline that runs from Exmouth to Swanage.

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david’s diary | april 2012

associate producer

“A believer in helping; a learning disability person of standing. His last project was for better information about cancer. He raised money to make this film but never saw it finished. Despite his disabilities, don’t underestimate David’s understanding of the choices he had left.”

Funded by Glastonbury Mencap + Somerset NHS Partnership Foundation Trust

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thermalogues | march 2012

film maker

Using a thermal imaging camera and working with Transition Town Taunton to produce 6 short films exploring our relationship to energy.

a biggerhouse film production for Transition Town Taunton and The Brewhouse March 2012

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flock of words | march 2012

film maker in residence

Working Pete Snelling and over 80 students from Chiltern Trinity School in Bridgwater to produce positive content and media to be showed continuously on on 7 plasma screens accross the new campus.

A Somerset Film Production


making waves FM | february 2012

writer / director

Working with members of the Bridgwater Senior Citizen’s forum to generate original creative content for three days of live radio produced by and for older people and the wider community of all ages.

Broadcast live from The Engine Room on 87.9FM and online on 4/15/16 March 2012.

produced by Bridgwater Senior Citizen’s forum with Somerset Film at the Engine Room

 


DotComUnity | january 2012

producer / director

2 films for the DotComUnity website. An online Disability Directory, for activities, events and services in the SW

 

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in my book | 2011

producer / director

Mark sits on the outside. He sees everything but never takes part . . .

“It’s all in here. In my book. If something happens, I write it down. What I hear, what I see, and what they say. I take my book with me all the time. It’s full of bits of people”.

. . . but a secret from the past will finally make him connect to the present.

Funded by: Somerset County Council Network For Social Change Lankelly Chase Foundation & South West Screen

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts in association with Somerset Film 2011.

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moving on | 2011

producer / director / editor

A Relationships & Sexuality training DVD. 5 real life stories about relationships and sexuality from people with a learning difficulty.

Michael wants a girlfriend but is stuck in the grey zone. 

Phil and Ali are moving in together. 

Jo has never talked about it, since it happened. 

Anton says it’s just a label. 

Dan thinks they’re ready but Sue is not so sure.

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts in association with Somerset Film 2011.

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shared lives | june 2011

director / editor

6 x films profiling the work of an independent Shared Lives scheme operating in the south west of England: delivering long term services, short breaks, day support and community based services.

A biggerhouse film production for Shared Lives SW

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starting now | february 2011

producer / director / editor

Video made with 2BME an LGBT youth group based in Devises for the Stonewall “it gets better – today” campaign.

funded by Wiltshire Young People’s Opportunity Fund

a biggerhouse film production for 2BME

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outside in | december 2010

film maker

Working with lead artist Sue Palmer on part of a 5 day place-responsive digital arts workshop in Bridport with young people. Through public engagment, a site specific video projection work was produced for the windows of Bridport Arts Centre.

Commissioned by PVA MediaLab, Dorset

 

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film academy | 2010 +

producer / director

Film Academy – a creative film making project for people with learning disabilities.

Film Academy is a long-term film making project that will enable groups of adults with learning difficulties to become empowered storytellers, filmmakers and actors.

Film Academy will build opportunities for students to take part equally in the culture of film.

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts in association with Somerset Film.

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best interest – Paul’s Story | October 2010

director / producer / editor

Paul makes the big mistake of letting his brother know he fancies Sam . . .

. . . who tells his dad, who tells his support worker, who tells his teacher . . .


They are all just trying to act in Paul’s ‘Best Interest’

But it doesn’t work like that . . .


Won ‘Best Overall Film’ award at the Oska Bright Festival 2011.

Won ‘Best Drama’ award at the Flash Forward Film Festival in Oxford 2010.

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts in association with Somerset Film 2009.

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this is me! | february 2010

film maker

One of eight films under the title “This Is Me!” made with students from the Getting A Life Project (Somerset Work Preparation Service – Yeovil, ROC in Totnes and South Devon College)

The films were made as creative portraits of where they are now and what they hope for in the future.

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts.

 

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best interest | july 2009

director / editor / producer

Following three characters’ interweaving stories as they battle with issues arising from learning disability, mental illness and dementia.

Commissioned by Somerset County Council as a training resource to dramatise issues raised by the Mental Capacity Act to be used in staff training as a focus and discussion point.

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts in association with Somerset Film 2009.

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how are you? | october 2009

director / producer / editor

A series of 8 films called “How Are You?” which tell deeply personal health related stories from adults with learning disabilities made as a training resource for health and social care practitioners.

Commissioned by Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and made at Fiveways Resource Centre, Yeovil.

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts 2010.

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teeth – the musical | august 2009

producer

A 13 minute animated musical about oral hygiene made with learning disabled students and produced for NHS Somerset.

Fred runs away from the dentist because his teeth start singing to him. “Attention, Attention, this is your teeth, talking to you from your mouth!” In this epic musical journey, Fred meets Mr Toothpaste and Mr Toothbrush and learns everything there is to know about teeth and the entire subject of Dental Hygiene.

The film has won the Education Business Award For 2010 – Somerset County Council. The Patron’s Prize at the National Oral Health Promotion Group conference 2010 and the ‘Best Education Award’ at the Picture This Film Festival in Canada.

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts in association with Somerset Film.

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JUMPcuts | july 2009

co director

In July 2009 biggerhouse film joins forces with somerset film to launch JUMPcuts a training and production partnership in association with Somerset County Council and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

High quality digital media co-produced by people with learning disabilities reaching audiences across the UK and beyond.

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mencap arts consultancy | july 2009

film maker

One of a series of 21 films made with young people with learning disabilities in Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall as part of an arts consultancy for MENCAP.

A biggerhouse film production for MENCAP 2009

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BILD | march 2009

director

Introduction to the Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safegaurds The British Institute of Learning Disability.

Four short films dramatising issues relating to the new Government Guidelines about Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. Commissioned by British Institute of Learning Disability.

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts in association with Somerset Film 2009.

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shape UP | 2008

co-writer / director / producer / editor

A 20 drama about healthy eating made by a cast of learning disabled actors.

‘James needs to lose weight but he’s fed up with everyone having a go at him…. Jane wants to stop eating junk food but finds it too tempting… Jake wants to put weight on because he thinks he is too weedy…When will they all learn to ‘shape UP!’?

Commissioned by the Food Standards Agency and Somerset Learning Disability Services.

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts in association with Somerset Film 2008.

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all about us… | march 2008

film maker / mentor

Working with 2BU, a group of young gay, lesbian + bisexual people in Somerset.

Mediabox/Young People’s Film Council film Supported by The Engine Room at Somerset Film and Video Ltd.

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help turn lyme green | feb 2008

help-turn-lyme-greenAn animation made with year 6 class of St Michael’s Primary School, Lyme Regis. Part of the the town’s Turn Lyme Green Project.

The film was featured on BBC NEWS and won ‘Best Animation’ award at the Animated Exeter Festval 2008.

Watch the making of it here

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it is for the tiger | october 2006

animation + web design

live performance event produced by Sue Palmer

watch videos on youtube

 

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tor dance festival | september 2006

film maker / mentor

creative documentary response to the Tor Dance Festival in Glastonbury

film maker: Laura Hylton


isis unveiled | september 2006

design + video

album cover design and video documentation for Jaki Whitren’s album – ISIS UNVEILED

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germ academy | april 2006

co-writer / director / producer / editor

A 23 minute comic horror film about food hygiene made by a cast of learning disabled actors.

Jane lives on her own, and let’s face it, her flat is in a bit of a state. No wonder her friends won’t come round, let alone eat the food she makes. One day Jane cooks for Mike. He takes one look at it and escapes, leaving Jane to finish the food herself and to a night she will never forget . . .

Commissioned by the Food Standards Agency and Somerset Learning Disability Services. A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts in association with Somerset Film 2006

Awards: S.W. Total Communication The Easy Language, FOODLINK Communicating Food Safety Award. Picture This film festival! Canada Education Award. Best Special Effects Oska Bright Festival.

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video and animation workshops | 2005

film maker / teacher

10 days of creative film making for adults with learning difficulties

produced by Learning Disability Services, Somerset in association with the engine room


field | may 2005

film maker

creative arts lab led by Sue Palmer

produced by Take Art

 

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every child matters | february 2005

film maker

interactive dvd made with 2BU a group of young gay, lesbian + bisexual people living in Somerset.

produced by the engine room in association with Government Office South West


syzygy | 2004

film maker

video for performance of Buchinger’s Boot at the PHOENIX

project in Glastonbury

 

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listen to us | 2004 to 2005

director / producer / editor

“Four short films about things that are important to us!”

Made by a cast of learning disabled actors: the stories cover friendship, how to complain if you are unhappy, respite care and ways in which Social Services are there to help service users.

Commissioned by Somerset County Council.

A biggerhouse film production for JUMPcuts in association with Somerset Film.

 

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our lives through the keyhole | october 2004

film maker

17 short films made with Carr-Gomm Residents in Birmingham, Bristol, Aylesbury + Somerset

Produced by biggerhouse film for the engine room in association with Carr-Gomm, a Social Landlord + registered charity.

 

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2BU | july 2004

film maker

Working with 2BU, a group of young gay, lesbian + bisexual people. The video is about their lives growing up in Somerset.

A biggerhouse film production for the engine room.

 

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psi: mid space | april 2004

video, sound + web design

live performance event produced by Sue Palmer

 

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table madness | december 2003

video installation / soundscape artist

produced in association with the Brewhouse, Taunton and Halcon Community Primary School


the bigger picture | may 2003

director

video promoting ‘Widening Participation in Somerset’

produced by somerset film + video and Somerset Adult Learning + Leisure.


shot by shot | april 2003

course tutor

a 10 week digital video production course

produced by somerset film + video.


i want to complain | february 2003

director

a short film which tells the story of three people who are fed up, and want to complain, but don’t know how.

produced by Six Acres Resource Centre in association with somerset film + video.

 

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the engine room | 2002 to 2003

project manager

design and build of new media centre in Bridgwater for Somerset Film.

 

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put on a happy face | june 2002

film-maker

View of the the Somerset town of Wellington by members of Genesis Youth Theatre.

Produced by somerset film + video in association with First Light Films.


pay for what you done | june 2002

film maker

A Social Inclusion In the Media Arts project with 20 young people, working with 5 film-makers and 5 actor-musicians to devise and produce their own 30 minute film.

Produced by somerset film + video in association with Action Track Performance Company and Take Art!


say it with film | march 2002

course tutor

video production course, Brewhouse, Taunton.

produced by the Brewhouse, Taunton in association with somerset film + video.

 

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catching the light | 2001

film maker

Promotional video ‘Boy Of Science’ made with Joff Winterhart

Produced by Somerset Film + Video

 

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art + power | august 2001

creative director

Promotional interactive cd rom


what is devising?

guest film maker

Working with five MA students to produce a video intended to introduce the rich field of devised theatre and ways to approach working with it.

Shot during the international ‘Devising for Live Performance Festival’

produced for Dartington College of Arts


hair raising | february 2001

web designer + maker

live performance by Sue Palmer + Vic llewellyn

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somerset film + video website | 2000 to 2004

webmaster


i don’t live here | february 2000

director

A 12 minute documentary for ‘Figures In A Landscape’, a series produced for HTV West about a unique and extraordinary Glastonbury resident called Alison Collyer.

Produced by somerset film + video.

 

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the PHOENIX project | 2000 to 2005

co-director

An experimental contemporary arts space based in Glastonbury run entirely on dominations.


glastonbury net radio | 1999

co-producer

12 documentaries for netcasting focusing on the town of Glastonbury, the arts and social change.

see archive website


the PHOENIX project | december 1999

co-designer / maker

Metal phoenix installation for Glastonbury Millennium Celebrations


the quay thing | september 1998

film maker

Video covering the production of six new performance works, involving over thirty professional practitioners. Performances were created specifically for a number of sites on and around Exeter’s Quayside, including a large warehouse, the working boatyard, the former Municipal Power Station and the Medieval Exe Bridge.

Funded by The National Lottery Through The Arts Council of England, Exeter Arts Council & dB Sound and Lighting.

produced for wrights & sights


pilot navigation | july 1998

film maker

Video documentation of four interweaving pilot performances created specifically for a boat journey between Exeter’s Quayside and the Double Locks pub on the canal.

Funded by The National Lottery Through The Arts Council of England, Exeter Arts Council & dB Sound and Lighting.

produced for wrights & sights


the drop | 1997

directed by Stephen Clarke

won ‘best director’ at Yaraslovl Film Festival in Russia

produced by Angelcast Productions

 

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the anorak gang | 1995

director / producer

broadcast on Channel 4 / ZDF / Arte

won several awards and screened at numerous international festivals


Bournemouth Film School | 1994 to 1995

Postgraduate in Film + Video Production


gog theatre company | 1981 to 1994

Founder member of Gog Theatre Company working for 13 years as an actor, teacher and director.

The company became one of South West England’s leading companies specialising in new devised performance work for regional and national touring, theatre for young people, and International Cultural Exchange leading projects in the Cameroon, West Africa, St Petersburg and the Republic of Georgia.