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Dr Teri Howson-Griffiths


Teri is a Lecturer in Drama contributing at all levels to the programme.

Teri's interests and research span several areas including: immersive and one-to-one theatres, participatory theatres, site-specific theatres, applied theatres, theatre and health, and contemporary devised theatres. She is also interested in developing work around theatre and dementia.

Previously, Teri taught at Bangor University on all levels of the undergraduate Theatre Studies and Performance programme, year two Visual Culture, and has supported a Masters level open research project in Drama.

In 2017, Teri assisted in the construction of Alex Irving's candlelit labyrinth for Light Night, Liverpool. She has been working with colleagues in the Liverpool Screen School and School of Art and Design on an event for the Being Human Festival, "The Tangled Veil and the Cloud of Unknowing – LOL" - a comedy performance drawing on people’s experiences of living with dementia, with stories collected through workshops and a labyrinth installation at the Open Eye Gallery in October 2017 and a performance at Laughterhouse Comedy Club on 22nd November 2017..

Teri joined community theatre company Theatr Dan y Coed in 2014 and to date has performed in 'Fear', an outdoor sensory labyrinth performance in Llanrwst forest.

Previous community performance work includes: 'Cerebellium' (2012 and 2013) Pontio, Bangor; 'Digital Tea Dance' (2011), Pontio, Bangor ; 'Come the Dawn' (2009),Theatr Cynefin, Conwy Falls. Teri also created a small installation piece for the Gwaith Powdr nature reserve trail in Penrhyndaedraeth in 2009, as part of an arts project in the reserve.

Teri has attended training and performance events through the European Youth in Action programme in Portugal, Macedonia, Austria, Romania and the UK, in Sensory Labyrinth Theatre, Forum Theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed, and Danceability, led by several European theatre companies and taught by Iwan Brioc (TROTI and Theatr Cynefin), Vera Rebl (Dancability, Wien) and Barbara Santos (TDU Wien). She recently attended a training workshop on Timeslips with City Arts, Nottingham.

Between March 2014 and December 2016, Teri was a Research Officer on the Dementia and Imagination research study. The research is looking at the impact of art in the creation of dementia friendly communities, for those living with dementia, their families and communities. As well as assisting in the data collection at the study’s North Wales site, Teri compiled and anonymised the qualitative data; coordinating this in preparation for analysis. Her part in the analysis to date has been focused on qualitative methods. She has also been involved with collating visual data for the study.

Additionally, Teri has worked with the research team to develop engagement and impact opportunities at festivals, conferences and workshops, organising the records of these activities. She co-organised a series of activities for the Connected Communities festival in 2015 and led the research's activities for the 2016 Festival. Producing a number of newsletters during the study for its growing mailing list (currently 500+ members), Teri also designed dissemination materials such as postcards, posters and leaflets to promote the research as well as managing the study’s social media profiles on Twitter, Facebook and Storify and engaging with aspects of the qualitative analysis. She continues her involvement with the project as the research is currently being developed for several publications.

Prior to this, Teri’s PhD focused on the therapeutic potential of immersive theatres to augment personal well-being, supervised by Dr Kate Taylor-Jones. This involved practice-led and qualitative audience research, explored partially through the creation of two immersive performances. Teri is particularly interested in expanding this work with people living with dementia.


2016, Bangor University, Wales, UK, PhD
2009, University of Wales, Bangor, Wales, UK, MA
2006, University of Wales, Bangor, Wales, UK, BA (Hons)

Academic appointments

Research Officer, Dementia Services Development Centre, Wales, School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University, 2014 - 2016
Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Creative Studies and Media, Bangor University, 2010 - 2014



Newman A, Davenport B, Howson-Griffiths T. 2018. Narrative identity and resilience through visual arts activities for people in later life with dementia. Goulding A, Newman A, Davenport B. Creative Practice in the Resilience of Older People. Policy Press

Journal article

Hogarth SE, Bramley E, Howson-Griffiths T. 2018. Immersive Worlds: an exploration of how performers facilitate the Three Worlds in Immersive Performance Theatre, Dance and Performance Training,

Windle G, Joling K, Howson-Griffiths TR, Woods B, Jones C, van de ven P, Newman A, Parkinson C. 2018. The impact of a visual arts program on quality of life, communication and well-being of people living with dementia: A mixed-methods longitudinal investigation. International Psychogeriatrics, 30 :409-423 >DOI

Windle G, Howson-Griffiths TR, Newman A, Goulding A, Gregory S, O'Brien D. 2017. Exploring the theoretical foundations of visual art programmes for people living with dementia Dementia, >DOI

Howson T. 2015. Zombies, time machines and brains: Science fiction made real in immersive theatres Thesis Eleven, 131 :114-126 >DOI

Newman A, Baber M, O Brien D, Goulding A, Jones CH, Howson T, Jones C, Parkinson C, Taylor K, Tischler V, Windle G. Carrying out research across the arts and humanities and social sciences: developing the methodology for Dementia and Imagination Cultural Trends, 25 :218-232 >DOI


Irving A, McNeill E, Howson-Griffiths T. 2017. Lost and Found Labyrinth

Howson T. 2015. ‘Fragments from two sensory performances: The College on the Hill (2011) and When Autumn Passed Me By (2014). Presented at the TAPRA conference practice as research gallery, 2015


Howson T. 2017. Reflections on connecting communities through the arts - presentation at Dementia and Imagination end of project conference, 31st January 2017

Hedd Jones C, Howson-Griffiths TR. 2017. Dementia and Imagination The IMPACT lifecycle of our research study, presentation at British Society of Gerontology conference, July 2017

Carter L, Howson T. 2016. #Dementiafutures imagining dementia friendly futures through community creativity. Presentation at the Connected Communities Utopia Conference, December 2016.

Hedd Jones C, Howson T. 2016. Dementia and Imagination: an overview of a visual arts and dementia research study. Presentation at the The Art of Health in Wales Symposium, The All Wales Arts Health & Wellbeing Network, 21.05.2016.

Howson T, Windle G, Hedd Jones C. 2016. Dementia and Imagination: qualitative research findings from a visual art and dementia study. Presentation at Alzheimer's Europe conference November 2016.

Howson T. 2016. From research to practice: Public engagement in the Dementia and Imagination research study. Presentation at the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR) conference, October 2015.

Howson T. 2015. Participant engagement across the researcher encounter: a case study from the Dementia & Imagination study. Presentation at Living well with Dementia through the Arts:Celebrating creativity for people living with dementia in North Wales symposium. 21.04.2015.

Howson T. 2015. Process Versus Outcome? Considering different approaches to the production of art made by people living with dementia in a visual arts intervention. Presentation at the British Society of Gerontology conference, July 2015.

Howson T. 2014. The Senses in Performance: Utilising audience response to identify therapeutic affect in immersive theatres: methods and findings. Presentation at the British Society of Gerontology Conference, 2015.

Howson T. 2013. 'Well being practices in sensory performance', presentation at Well-Being Conference, Birmingham City University, 24 July 2013

Internet publication

Howson-Griffiths TR, Windle G. 2017. Arts and science combine for dementia care

Book review

Howson TR. 2015. Cinema of the dark side, atrocity and the ethics of spectatorship - book review Transnational Cinemas, 6 >Link


Howson-Griffiths TR, Windle G. 2014. Dementia and Imagination Understanding Art in Dementia Friendly Communities. Poster presentation at the Connected Communities Festival, June 2015.



McNeill E, Howson-Griffiths T, Irving A. The Tangled Veil and the Cloud of Unknowing - LOL

Griffiths M, Egerton G, Howson-Griffiths TR. Codex: the well of lost plots

Engagement & Impact

Research Grants Awarded:

HEFCE QR Funding, Lost and found – using humour to foster positive well-being for people living with dementia and their supporting communities, Elaine McNeill LJMU, Alex Irving LJMU, Grant value (£): 1939, Duration of research project: 9 months

British Society of Gerontology, Co-designed Dementia Labyrinth, Elaine McNeill LJMU, Alex Irving LJMU, Grant value (£): 500, Duration of research project: 1 year

AHRC Connected Communities, Connected Communities festival 2015, Dementia and Imagination: connecting communities and developing well-being through socially engaged visual arts practice., Dr Catrin Hedd Jones, Bangor University, Grant value (£): £9,300, Duration of research project: 6 months

AHRC Connected Communities, Connected Communities festival 2016, Dementia and Imagination: connecting communities and developing well-being through socially engaged visual arts practice., Grant value (£): £19905.40, Duration of research project: 10 months