Dr Teri Howson-Griffiths

Liverpool Screen School

Teri is a theatre practitioner, researcher and lecturer whose work centres on arts and health practices, mostly utilising applied approaches in theatre to support and improve individual and community well-being.

She is currently working on two projects: the first a verbatim and immersive theatre performance on loneliness in the early stages of development, and Tangled Tales: a visual arts and performance project using labyrinths and comedy performance to challenge the stigma of dementia with targeted audiences.

Teri joined LJMU as a Lecturer in Drama in 2017. Prior to this, she was a Research Officer on Dementia and Imagination, a UK wide AHRC funded study looking at the potential of visual arts for people living with dementia. Her PhD was a practice-led study on the therapeutic potential of immersive theatres, using data collection with audiences to better understand their experiences of the work.

Since 2009 she has been performing in and creating work that is embedded in its performance site by its response to place and community.

As a lecturer, she contributes at all levels to the programme and is a Head of Year tutor supporting Level 5 students.

She has been a mentor for The Girls Network since 2021.


Teri's practice and research span several areas including socially engaged and community practice, participatory methods and contemporary devised theatre. Her work is mostly centered on the theme of arts and health. In September 2018 she co-convened a symposium on arts, health, and well-being at the university and is developing further work within this field.

Since joining LJMU, she has been involved with the construction of labyrinths with labyrinth artist Alex Irving, assisting with a candlelit labyrinth for Light Night, Liverpool 2017. She has also collaborated with Alex and Elaine McNeill from the School of Art and Design, for Tangled Tales, a dementia project looking to use humour and positive stories to challenge the stigma associated with dementia, through drawing on collected experiences and stories of living with dementia. The team have created a labyrinth installation at the Open Eye Gallery in October 2017 , the Anglican Cathedral as part of the Liverpool Biennial 2018 which was visited by around 2000 people, Manchester Museum of Science and Industry's Open Late on Well-Being in March 2019, as well as several primary schools in the area. The collected stories have been developed into a comedy play for adult audiences, 'On Cloud 79', with several performances at venues across the city including Laughterhouse Comedy Club, NHS Royal Liverpool Hospital, and Hope Street Theatre.

Teri has participated in a number of community performance ventures, including a sensory labyrinth and interactive/ immersive theatre performances such as: 'Fear' (2014) Theatr Dan y Coed, '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 art project in the reserve.

Between 2009 and 2012, Teri 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 (Danceability, Wien) and Barbara Santos (TDU Wien). In 2017 she attended a training workshop on Timeslips with City Arts, Nottingham.

As part of her work on the Dementia and Imagination research study, Teri assisted in the data collection at the study’s North Wales site, compiled and anonymised qualitative and visual data; coordinating this in preparation for analysis. Her part in the analysis has been focused on qualitative methods. She has co-written several publications from the research, mainly on the qualitative data from 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.

Prior to this, Teri contributed to the undergraduate Theatre Studies and Performance programme at Bangor University and has supported a Masters level open research project in Drama. She also contributed to a year 2 Visual Culture module on 'the body'.

Teri graduated with her PhD in 2016, which focused on the therapeutic potential of immersive theatres to augment personal well-being, supervised by Professor Kate Taylor-Jones. This involved practice-led and qualitative audience research explored partially through the creation of two immersive performances.


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

Journal article

Howson-Griffiths TR. 2019. Locating sensory labyrinth theatre within immersive theatres history Studies in Theatre and Performance, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

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, 9 :189-202 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

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 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

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 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Howson T. 2015. Zombies, time machines and brains: Science fiction made real in immersive theatres Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology, 131 :114-126 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

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 Publisher Url Public Url

Howson-Griffiths T. Beyond spectacle: inadvertent and intentional use of the mundane in immersive theatres Performance Research: a journal of the performing arts, 28 Public Url


Newman A, Davenport B, Howson-Griffiths T. 2018. Narrative identity and resilience for people in later life with dementia living in care homes: The role of visual arts enrichment activities Resilience and Ageing: Creativity, Culture and Community :87-110 Policy Press 9781447340911


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

Internet publication

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


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

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

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. 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. 2013. 'Well being practices in sensory performance', presentation at Well-Being Conference, Birmingham City University, 24 July 2013

Howson T, Howson-Griffiths TR. Sensory, Sensual and Questionable Interactions: Distinguishing theatrical and aesthetic forms in immersive theatre - conference presentation, TAPRA conference 2013

Books (edited)

2016. Imagining Dementia Friendly Futures: Activity by Dementia and Imagination for the Connected Communities 2016 festival Howson TR. E-Publi Author Url

Book review

Howson TR. 2015. Cinema of the dark side, atrocity and the ethics of spectatorship. Transnational Cinemas, 6 :209-211 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url


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


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

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

Conference publication

Howson-Griffiths TR, McNeill E, Irving A. Utilising humour through participatory arts practice to explore living well with dementia British Society of Gerontology 47th Annual Conference

Howson T. The Senses in Performance: utilising audience response to identify therapeutic affect in Immersive Theatre’, methods and findings 43rd Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology

Howson T, Howson-Griffiths TR. Process versus outcome? Considering different approaches to the production of art made by people living with dementia in a visual arts intervention 45th Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology

Hedd Jones C, Howson-Griffiths T. The impact life cycle of Dementia and Imagination

External collaboration:

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Arts in Health. 2022

Research Grants Awarded:

HEFCE QR funding, ‘On Cloud 79’: challenging the stigma of dementia for people living with dementia and their supporting communities through comedy performance, Alex Irving LJMU and Elaien McNeill LJMU and Densie Parker LJMU, Grant value (£): 1894, Duration of research project: 1 year. 2018

Arts Council England, Research and Development of 'The Tangled Veil and the Cloud of Unknowing’ - a performance challenging the stigma of people living with dementia, Elaine McNeill, Alex Irving, Monkey Minds, Grant value (£): £10000. 2018

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. 2018

British Society of Gerontology, Co-designed Dementia Labyrinth, Elaine McNeill LJMU, Alex Irving LJMU, Grant value (£): 500, Duration of research project: 1 year. 2017

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. 2016

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. 2015

Teaching qualification:

Fellowship Higher Education Academy. 2018