Ms Caroline Hadley

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About me

I'm Programme Leader for Drama and Acting here at UWE, and have a wide range of experience in both education and industry.

I trained as an actor at Drama Centre back in the 1980s and studied Drama and Theatre Arts at The University of Birmingham, where I remained for six years as Visiting Lecturer and Director on BA Drama and Theatre Arts, and MA Playwriting Studies.  I was also a Communication Skills Tutor and Facilitator at The University of Birmingham Medical School (General Practice Department) between 1991 and 2001.

My specialised teaching areas here at UWE are Actor Training and Performance, Theatre Directing, and Avant Garde Theatre/Contemporary Performance Practice.  

As a Theatre Director I have directed both nationally and internationally and I've led acting and directing masterclass workshops and presented academic papers at conferences in the UK, Russia, Italy, Belgium, and Belarus.  

I'm a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Reviewer for Routledge.  In recent years, I've been a Trustee for Circomedia (Centre for Contemporary Circus with Physical Theatre), and External Examiner for East 15 Acting School.  

I enjoy creative collaboration, and particularly the intermedial performance possibilities between theatre and film.

I've lectured at UWE since 2002, and I'm currently Module Leader and Tutor on Introduction to Actor Training, Avant-Garde Theatre, and Acting for Screen.

Area of expertise

Actor Training; Theatre Directing; Avant-Garde Theatre; Contemporary Performance Practice

Directing credits include: 

'Tis Pity She's a Whore John Ford - Tobacco Factory Theatre and Redgrave Theatre, Bristol; Salisbury Playhouse; New End Theatre, Oxford; Edinburgh Festival.

'Tis Pity She's a Whore John Ford - Teatralny Koufar, Minsk, Belarus

Out in the Garden  Carolyn Scott Jeffs - Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh; Finborough Theatre, London              

Tarnished Angel  Carolyn Scott-Jeffs - Finborough Theatre, London

Henna Night  Amy Rosenthal - Chelsea Theatre, London

Hijra   ​Ash Kotak - Bush Theatre, London; Plymouth Theatre Royal

Flamingos  ​Jonathan Hall - Bush Theatre, London

The Graduate  Terry Johnson - Gielgud Theatre, London

The One   David Hale - Soho Theatre and Finborough Theatre, London

Dancing on Dangerous Ground Jean Butler/Colin Dunne - Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London

Conferences and Festivals include:

Paper:  Revisiting the Historic Avant-Garde:  Imagination, Creativity and Conscience for 21st Century ​University Theatre Performance – I.U.T.A. World Congress:  'Theatre and University in the XXI Century', Moscow Open Theatre, Moscow, Russia

Paper:  'Tis Pity She's a Whore':  An English Revenge Tragedy on the International Stage – I.U.T.A. World Congress:  'Theatre and Pedagogy', De Montford University, Leicester.

Director:  U.K. entry to Teatralny Koufar International Student Theatre Festival, Belarus State University, Minsk, Belarus:  ''Tis Pity She's a Whore' by John Ford.  

Member of the Grand Jury – Teatralny Koufar: Belarus State University International Student Festival, Minsk, Belarus.

Workshop – Strasberg's Song and Movement Exercise Teatralny Koufar Festival, Minsk, Belarus.

Paper – Liberating Expression or Affirming Fears:  Strasberg's Psychophysical Approach paper given at 'Actors in University Theatre:  Then and Now' I.U.T.A. Conference,  University of Urbino, Italy.

Workshop – Strasberg's Song and Movement Exercise – I.U.T.A. Conference,  University of Urbino Italy.

Paper -  Mrs Robinson, a Theatre Director and the Continued Rise of the Commercial Theatre Producer paper given at 'The Director in the Theatre World' I.F.T.R.Conference, Alexandrinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Chair (invited) - Kazan, Mielziner, and Williams:  The Process of Theatrical Negotiations – Julia Listengarten; Silvio D'Amico and the Emergence of the Director in the Italian Theatre – Stanley Longman; The Director's Double Brain and Seven Fingers – John Andreasen -  at 'The Director in the Theatre World' I.F.T.R. Conference, Alexandrinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia.



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