David Llewellyn is the head of the drama department and during a thirty-year career as a university lecturer has maintained his professional work as an actor, director and playwright to inform his teaching of acting, playmaking and playwriting in higher education. His current research into applied theatre practice explores the development of ethno- dramatic work in the contexts of sports culture, teaching and training. As well as professional publication through his creative work in acting, directing and playwrighting David has also published in the fields of dramaturgy and physical theatre. His teaching and academic interest lie in the fields of the historical avant-garde, applied drama and television drama.
Charlie Dickinson has extensive professional acting experience including theatre credits with Hull Truck Theatre, York Theatre Royal, The West Yorkshire Playhouse and many more. He has also worked in television for over 25 years. His academic interests include: acting, directing, stand-up comedy, storytelling, the work of Pina Bausch and English medieval theatre.
Dr James Frieze teaches and researches in the areas of US and UK contemporary drama, improvisation, devising, and performance theory, with a special interest in feminist theatre. He is the author of Naming Theatre: Demonstrative Diagnosis in Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), the first part of an ongoing study of contemporary theatre's diagnostic tendency. Currently, he is writing a musical, mixed media drama on the impact of transient performers on the performance scenes of Liverpool and New York.
Martin Griffiths (Griff) is the Technical Manager for the Drama Department, and as such is responsible for a wide range of areas, including Health & Safety and First Aid; Fire Safety; the hiring of our theatre space by outside companies; and the teaching of Stage Management; Lighting design & operation and sound recording & playback. He is also a member of the teaching staff with a strong interest in the research, teaching and practise of Applied Drama. He works professionally as Stage Manager for a series of open air plays in Liverpool parks, and also as Lighting Designer and Production Manager for professional shows.
Mike McCormack trained as an actor at The Central School of Speech and Drama in the 1970s, and spent 25 years working in the profession. He is an award-winning radio actor and was, for 8 years, Artistic Director of the Finborough Theatre, London and Associate Director of Parasol Productions. He has a Master’s degree in drama theory and has taught throughout the UK, Europe and South America. He has special interests in Directing and issues of Teaching and Learning.
Dr Ros Merkin teaches in areas of contemporary drama, theatre and performance, musical, popular and regional theatre with a special interest in creating new performance work. Her research has recently focused on regional theatre since project managing the AHRC funded Everyman Archive. She is the author of Liverpool’s Third Cathedral: The Liverpool Everyman Theatre written to celebrate the theatre’s 40th birthday and is co-editor of The Glory of the Garden: English Regional Theatre and the Arts Council 1984-2010 (CSP, 2010) and is currently working on a monograph on regional theatre and a book for Liverpool Playhouse’s 100th birthday in 2011. Recently she was the director of Suitcase, a site-specific performance for the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the first kindertransport in England, which is now being developed as a piece of TIE.
Andrew Sherlock is a part-time Senior Lecturer and Drama Consultant at JMU. His on-going background working as a professional writer, director and producer in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre augments the teaching, research and production practice of the department and provides links to the drama industry and related organisations in the city. He specialises in scriptwriting, direction, musical theatre and the development of new work. His current research interests include documentary drama and popular culture.