Ms Sarah Berridge

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  • Qualifications:PGCert: Psychology of Education - University of Bristol (2016), MA: European Dance Theatre Practice - Laban (2008), PGCE Drama (1998) BA: Performing Arts DeMontfort University, (1996)
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in Performance
  • Department:College of Arts, Technology and Environment
  • Telephone:+4411732 81127

About me

I am a Senior Lecturer with over 20 years' experience in developing and delivering high quality and industry-relevant practical workshops in Devised Theatre. I am a practicing theatre-maker, whose focus is on making films and site-specific work. I have used my professional practice in community theatre-making to develop collaborative projects on socially focused subject matter, most recently, making a climate change participatory play in the flood town of Tewkesbury. Additionally, I have a special interest in Teaching and Learning research, such as Widening Participation, Wellbeing in the curriculum, and collaborative arts projects.

Since joining UWE in 2015, I have been involved in developing modules on the Drama and Acting Degree programme, as well as other Teaching and Learning research projects, Student Enrichment and Industry Engagement initiatives (e.g. 'Drama Futures': a week of guest speaker sessions and practical workshops from the Drama Industry)

Research: My research is focused on making socially-engaged theatre and creating live or screen-based performance in response to specific sites/spaces.

I have devised and directed various theatre projects on sites such as the Corn Exchange Building; Leicester; Harrogate Spa Baths; Leigh Woods; Clifton Suspension Bridge etc, with both professional and community groups (Kinesis Youth Company; Community at Heart; acta Community Theatre; Touchdown Dance; OUCH Dance Productions; M31 Dance Theatre Company, etc.).

My screen work has been shown at various venues and performance festivals: Fragments (Leics); New Works Festival (Leics); The Place Dance for Camera Showcase (London); Yorkshire Dance Festival; BBC Short Film Festival; New Directions; Inbetween Time Festival (Bristol); Arnolfini (Bristol) and Picture This (Bristol).

Current Research Project: I am currently collaborating within CATE on 'Downstream UK' See UWE Newsletter; a pilot project on using Forum Theatre methods for exploring water security and community responses to climate change; with Lindsey McEwen (Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience) and acta Community Theatre.

Teaching and Learning:
I teach on the 'theatre-making' modules: Devising Physical Theatre (Module Leader), and the 3rd year Final Year Project.

Curator: I have been Guest Curator at the Exeter Dance International Film Festival since 2022:

Link Tutor: I have been advising on curriculum development and academic regulations at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School for the last 2 years.

Area of expertise

My expertise lies within collaborative practice, community theatre, devised theatre, socially-engaged theatre, movement training, physical theatre and video art/multi-media installations. 


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