Personal profile

Personal profile

My research concerns distinct but overlapping spheres of practice, which combines both critical and creative apporaches into modes of performance ranging from fine art photography and ceramics to performance forms from East Asia, as practiced both in China and Japan, and in the United Kingdom.  

Previous research has focused on Chinese xiqu, specifically jingju (‘Peking Opera’), drawing upon an interdisciplinary mix of historical studies, translation, ethnomusicology and anthropology. Recent research in this area has focused on the effects of transnational and intercultural encounters through an exploration of Chinese performance forms (specifically xiqu) in London.

Current research focusses on Japanese nō, specifically projects that take place outside of Japan. I am interested in English-language nō, which I suggest is distinctive from other kinds of nō-inspired performance by virtue of it working from inside the nō form. As the basis for investigations, I have written and performed my own English-language nō, Emily (2018/19).

I am the co-founder and programme director of Noh Training Project UK, a unique three-week workshop, which, since 2011, has offered intensive, performance-based training in the dance, chant, music and performance history of Japanese classical nō drama. I am a member of the international theatre company Theatre Nohgaku, and have also collaborated with Compagnie Sangaku in Paris.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

External positions

Advisor to the Center for Research and Translation of Chinese Opera, National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts (中国戏曲学院)

1 Dec 2021 → …

Visiting Professor, National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts (中国戏曲学院)

31 Jan 202130 Jun 2021


  • Ceramics design
  • Performance & live arts
  • Theatre studies
  • Pottery
  • Chinese studies
  • Japanese studies
  • European/world theatre arts

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