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Tim is the world's first Professor of Theatre for Development. He directed the MA in Theatre and Media as Development for many years. This programme, designed to train facilitators of TfD, enabled students to undertake semester-long projects across the world, from a First Nations reserve in Western Canada to an Indonesian prison.

Tim is a member of the Advisory and Review Boards of Research in Drama Education and Applied Theatre Research. He regularly publishes on applied theatre in these journals, as well as others in North America, Australia and South Africa. He has twice been guest co-editor for Research in Drama Education, curating special issues on Impact Assessment and Drama and Curricula.

Tim has led training workshops for NGOs in several parts of the world, most notably in Bangladesh, Brazil and India. He has also taught practical/theoretical seminars for students at the State University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil and at the University of Victoria, Vancouver Island, Canada.


Co-edited works

The Applied Theatre Reader (Routledge)

Performance and Civic Engagement (Palgrave)

Co-authored works

Popular Theatre in Political Culture (Intellect)

Authored works

The Fool in European Theatre (Palgrave)

Applied Theatre: Development (Bloomsbury)

Banking on Drama Education

In prep

The Companion to Applied Performance (Routledge).


Tim has written plays throughout his career. Most recently he has created Half Measures and Lear in Brexitland for the One Hour Theatre Company at Edge Hill University, where he is Visiting Professor in Radical Comedy. He also writes for Beltheatre, an English-speaking youth theatre company in Belgrade, for which he created The Good Person of Serbia and The Balkan Closed Circle, which will be premiered at a festival in Antwerp in 2018.

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