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Personal profile

Personal profile

I am a British theatre-maker, writer and educator. I received a in BA Acting from the Royal Conservatoire Scotland and went on to study for two years at the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. In 2019 I received an MA by research from Birmingham University.

Research interests

My research explores the relationship between devised theatre-making and playwriting and proposes an expanded understanding of playwriting. Inspired by my studies at Lecoq and my experience as a devised theatre-maker, I propose a new form of playwriting - a (play)box - written not only in playtext, but also in a currated dramaturgy of things.

Other work

I make theatre, which is also the focus of my research, with my theatre collective - Autopoetics.

Autopoetics make theatre using rich visual imagery, evocative text, and inventive physicality. We explore collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches to ensemble theatre-making to tell stories about what it is to be alive in the world today.

Autopoetics is an international theatre collective, founded by Chelsea Crothers, Laura Hayes, and Maiya Murphy. We are brought together by a shared interest in the meaning-making process between performer and spectator, the discovery of new devising techniques, and the visual and physical space between text and performance.

You can find more about us here: https://autopoetics.com/

Education/Academic qualification

Theatre, Master of Arts, Out of the (play)box: An investigation into strategies for writing and devising, University of Birmingham

Award Date: 15 Jul 2019

Theatre, Diploma, Mime, Theatre, Movement, École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq

Award Date: 22 Jul 2007

Acting, BA, BA Acting, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Award Date: 7 Jul 1998


  • Drama
  • Theatre
  • Devising
  • Playwriting
  • Scriptwriting