Dr Alice O'grady

Advisory Board

Alice is Associate Professor in Applied Performance and is currently Director of Student Education. With a background in education her expertise lies in using performance as a means of promoting social agency and engagement. Her research interests are concerned with participation, play and performance especially within the contexts of popular music festivals and underground club culture.

Having worked in secondary schools and Further Education colleges as a Drama and Theatre Studies teacher for over ten years, Alice took up post at the University of Leeds in 2003. She is Associate Professor within the School of Performance and Cultural Industries and is Director of Student Education.

She works largely within the field of Applied Performance and Intervention. She teaches predominantly within the BA Theatre and Performance degree but also contributes to the programme MA Performance, Culture and Context. Alice also supervises PhD students. Her teaching sees students engaged in various practical projects across the region working in collaboration with a diverse range of external groups and agencies. All projects use performance and participation for social agency and engagement and include work with primary and secondary schools as well as community groups, OAPs, asylum seekers, young offenders and adult prisoners.

She is involved in educational research, training and consultancy and works in close collaboration with HMP New Hall and Priory and Springfield PRUs (Pupil Referral Units). Alice is a University Teaching Fellow and has developed peer-to-peer cascaded learning strategies and is active in developing community and industry partnerships to feed into student projects and placements.

Alice is Creative Director of the performance company …floorSpace…. who make interactive walkabout performances for contemporary music festivals and underground club spaces. She mentors TaleGate Theatre Company (www.talegatetheatre.co.uk) as part of the School of Performance and Cultural Industries’ incubation scheme. She has worked in conjunction with Urban Angels Circus (www.urbanangelscircus.co.uk) to develop ‘The Heavenly Court of Madame Fantaisiste’ as part of the Beyond Text Small Grant award.