My first academic appointment was Research Fellow in Performing Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University which I held from 1997-2006. During this time I was also founder member and associate director of the Open Performance Centre in Sheffield, where I co-founded the theatre company, Point Blank, and directed a number of schools and community performance projects across South Yorkshire.
I was the founder member and co-artistic director of Point Blank Theatre from 2000-2009. In this time I wrote and directed Dead Causes, Operation Wonderland and Roses & Morphine, wrote, directed and performed in Nothing to Declare, and acted as producer and dramaturgical advisor for An Evening with Psychosis. All productions toured nationally, and further details can be found at www.pointblank.org.uk in the past productions archive. Selected performance texts and critical articles on the company’s work are published in Point Blank (Intellect, 2007).