The academic. My main role at 4M is to show the world that the impact of puppetry runs much deeper than the obvious fun, wonder and amazement we all experience from them. By nature and by occupation I am an applied social scientist, specialising in developmental psychology and education. Therefore I want to know the how? why? and what? How and why does puppetry as an intervention for children work? What impacts does it have on them? In my role I can provide evidential proof that our 4M workshops are developmentally beneficial to children! Outside of 4M I can be found evaluating alternative educational, behavioural and language and communication programmes for children across the UK. I have therefore seen first hand the benefits of alternative contexts for education, which is why I am proud to be part of the 4M family.
Hello. My background in improvisation, mask, puppetry and script writing have ultimately led me down the path to an interest in education. Particularly the teachings of Geoff Petty and Sir Ken Robinson. 4M is a small company and we all cross pollinate in what we do, so it's hard to define my role here. Suffice it so say that I am involved in all aspects of the work we do but it;s usually me that sends out the invoices! Trained at Northumbria university, I earned a BA Honours Degree in Scriptwriting and Drama before receiving further training at the Danish Institute of Improvisation.