Keynote speakers

Keynotes by Jonothan Neelands, Professor of Creative Education, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK & Patrice Baldwin, Past Chair of National Drama UK and Past President of IDEA, the International Drama Theatre and Education Association (2010-2013).

Patrice Baldwin is Past President of IDEA, the International Drama Theatre and Education Association (2010-2013) and Past Chair of National Drama (UK).  She was a Primary Headteacher, local government School Improvement Adviser, Inspector (Ofsted), Adviser for the Arts in Schools and for Creative and Cultural Learning.  Patrice was Drama Editorial Expert for Rose’s proposed national curriculum and founded Drama for Learning and Creativity (D4LC).  An education author, her most recent books include, With Drama in Mind (2nd edition) and Inspiring Writing Through Drama (with Rob John).  She was a BBC Education consultant and scriptwriter for radio drama and more recently television.  She writes regularly for Teaching Drama.

Jonothan Neelands: I am a National Teaching Fellow, Professor of Creative Education at the Warwick Business School (WBS) and Chair of Drama and Theatre Education at the University of Warwick. In addition to my academic profile, I am an experienced creative workshop leader and drama practitioner, with a national and international reputation for delivering high quality keynotes, executive education and master classes. Recently, I was Director of Study for the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value and Research Project Director for the Creative Industries Federation. I am Director of Research and Evaluation and Trustee for Coventry UK City of Culture 2021. I believe that theatre and the arts are essential tools for young people to develop their creative, human and leadership potential.

Jonothan is the author of several texts for teachers and students, including Structuring Drama Work, Beginning Drama 11-14, Key Shakespeare 1 and 2 and Advanced Drama and Theatre Studies and Improving Your Primary School Through Drama. Peter O’Connor’s Creating Democratic Citizens through Drama Education: the writings of Jonothan Neelands is published by Trentham.

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