After graduating in dance from De Montfort University Paula has worked in Britain and internationally as a performer, director and educator of movement and devised theatre. She spent 5 years in New Zealand where she directed new writing and devised work, and was the Artistic Director of award winning performance company All and Sundry. Whilst living in Wellington she was a core member of Pantheatre Poneke’s devising lab experimenting with choreographic and voice interaction with light, received project funding from Creative New Zealand to instigate and deliver Dance Platform a 3 year choreographic training programme for emerging choreographers, and toured New Zealand with Te Torino a bi-lingual (Maori/English) storytelling group. In 2000 Paula completed an MA in Devised Theatre at Dartington College of Arts where she was an Associate Lecturer in Theatre until their relocation to Falmouth in 2010.
Paula’s work often uses a mix of score/script, improvisation and structured participation to focus on boundaries between the public-private, and issues surrounding the construction of ‘community’ and the politics of place. She is currently the Creative Advisor for Adverse Camber directing work with some of the UK’s leading storytellers and musicians. As a PhD Researcher in Critical Human Geography at the University of Exeter, her research practice bridges art and social science to investigate digital processes and trade-justice issues.
Selected recent work:
Director – Transition – Jem and Ella dance. Shortlisted for Best Dance Production Theatre Wales Awards, touring from Easter 2015.
Co-author and director – This City’s Centre by Blind Ditch. Exeter 2013
Project Mentor – Michael Harvey’s Creative Wales project The Secret Art of the Storyteller, 2011