• ABout Me

    I am an applied theatre practitioner, theatre director and community producer from London with fifteen years experience of working in the applied theatre field.

    I design and deliver projects with mainstream & special needs primary and secondary schools and colleges, youth centres, youth theatres, hospitals, universities, museums, theatres and arts organisations.

    I specialise in working with inner city community groups - building confidence and creating positive experiences through the arts.

    In the UK I have delivered projects with the Young Vic, Theatre Peckham, Poplar Union, Lyric Hammersmith, The Unicorn Theatre, Kiln Theatre, The Old Vic, The Southwark Playhouse, The Bush Theatre, The British Museum, The Gate Theatre, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Chickenshed, Graeae, SMART (mental health charity), Green Shoes Arts, New Wimbledon Theatre, Tender, Artis, Lost Theatre, Lewisham Youth Theatre, The Broadway Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, Blackhorse Workshop, Purple Moon Drama and have delivered projects internationally with Faust International and Dramatic English in Hong Kong and the Phillipines.

     

    I offer bespoke short and long term project packages for a range of client groups. Get in contact for more information.
     

  • Current projects

    I am currently working as Participation Producer with Dante or Die, as Project Manager for Groundswell Arts and

    as director for Southwark Playhouse's Dementia Project and Young Company

     

     

  • All in your head

    "She returns to the centre, leaning in close to the camera. She smiles a small smile and nods more assuredly than before. She’s made a decision. She turns and heads to the door. She opens it and goes to leave.

    Black."

     

    With calls to domestic abuse helplines doubling since lockdown, this important performance will be followed by a panel discussion with survivors of domestic abuse and representatives from women's organisations.

     

    Sometimes verbatim, All In Your Head presents excerpts from real women’s stories, through one woman’s voice. The piece will empower survivors by sharing real experiences, it will shine a light on the hidden and amplify the unheard.

     

    All In Your Head is conceived and directed by theatre maker Lucy Dear. It has been created through a devising and R&D process with real women's experiences weaving through the narrative of the show.

     

    Before lock down, statistics showed that “one in three women aged 16-59 will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime” (Office for National Statistics 2019) Since lock down Domestic Violence rates have more than doubled - click here.

     

    All in Your Head aims to raise awareness on Coercive Control. Coercive Control has only recently been recognised in law, according to Women's Aid this is “a landmark moment in the UK’s approach to domestic abuse, and must be accompanied by awareness-raising among the public.”

     

    To learn more about Coercive Control and what it is, watch this moving speech by MP Rosie Duffield

    *TRIGGEcR WARNING: Contains accounts of abuse in relationship*

     

    Listen to the All In Your Head playlist to hear the songs featured in the show
     

    All In Your Head is currently featured on the following websites:

    Camden People's Theatre blog - Lucy Dear on her journey to creating All In Your Head

    Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Partnership

    Fairy Powered Productions

    Phace Mag

    Featured in Official London Theatre

    Feature in The Guardian

    Read Theatre Fullstops interview with All In Your Head Wellbeing Practitioner Lou Platt

    Read Theatre Fullstops interview with All In Your Head's writer Safaa Benson - Effiom

    Read Writer Safaa Benson- Effiom speaking about the script to Melan Mag

    Read Lucy's alumni profile on QMUL's Alumni page

    All In Your Head review by inews

    All In Your Head review by Afropean 

     

    visit the All In Your Head website here

     

    Book tickets for the CPT show here

     

     

     

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  • Training

    Education

    Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Theatre with Young People from Central School of Speech and Drama (2016)

    Graduate of StoneCrabs Young Directors Programme (2009)

    2.1 honours in Applied Theatre from Queen Mary University of London (2006)
     

    Additional skills

    Licensed Chaperone

    Level 1 BSL (British Sign Language)

    First Aider

    Child protection Level 3

    Arts Award trained
     

    Professional Development:

    Safeguarding - Haringey Council (2021)

    GDPR training (December 2020)

    LGBT awareness training (October 2020)

    Safeguarding Training - Young Vic (May 2020)

    Arts for Dementia training (January 2020(

    Working with vulnerable people - Samaritans training (November 2019)

    The Comedy School Stand Up Comedy Course - (March 2018)

    TEFL training – The TEFL Academy (May 2017)

    Arts Award Training – Discover and Explore level (February 2017)

    Mental Health First Aid training with Mind (June 2016)

    Facilitator training in Legislative Theatre - Theatre for a Change (April 2016)

    Working with young people with experience of domestic abuse, Tender (2016)

    Beyond Resistance - Working with challenging groups - Act for Change (2015)

    Create the space – Youth Theatre Practitioner training at National Theatre ( 2014)

    Tender training on culturally specific forms of violence against women (2014)

    National Association of Youth theatre annual training event (October 2013), Mime course at City Lit (2012)

    Makaton training (August 2012)

    Autism Awareness training with National Autistic Society (2012)

    Age Exchange training on Intergenerational Theatre work (2010)

    Short course in Clowning at LAMDA ( 2009)

    Training in Epilepsy first aid, Total Communication, and Child Protection at Cheviots Disability Service. (2009)

    Disability Awareness training Graeae Theatre Company (2008)

    Forum theatre: Training on the use of forum theatre in workshops with with Bigfoot Theatre Company (2008)

    Drama Therapy, An Introduction: Fifteen-hour practical introduction to the practice (2007)

  • "Lucy led a completely fantastic workshop for our young people in rather challenging circumstances over zoom. She was very flexible and had no problem whatsoever with adapting what was supposed to be a face to face session to an online environment. She planned and executed a perfectly balanced, creative and fun session for the kids, all of whom have medical needs and have been socially isolated due to shielding. They had so much fun!" Jessica Boatright - Children's Holiday Coordinator - Sickle Cell Society

     

    "Thanks for leading such an engaging and fun workshop for our young people. They learnt loads about how to facilitate and lead sessions with other young people. You work so naturally with young people – with really clearly planned sessions, but with room to respond to the groups needs. We would love to work with you again."Catherine Nicholson, Senior Producer - Battersea Arts Centre

     

    "I am really thankful I have worked with Lucy to emotionally support a group of vulnerable children in Sebright Primary School. Lucy has been a passionate, effective and dedicated professional who developed an excellent rapport with our school children. Lucy used a variety of creative therapies to allow children to express themselves through artistic means such as music and drama, instead of relying on verbal communication alone. Our children's social and communication skills naturally unfolded and their confidence increased due to Lucy providing a safe and flexible environment full of either exciting or calming, joyful or poignant activities."

    Maria Bitra, SENCO, Sebright primary school

     

    "Teaching in the hospital school demands adaptability, sensitivity and creativity and Lucy has demonstrated these things exceptionally in all the work she has done with our students. She has inspired and engaged children who have their school lessons at the bedside on their wards and has facilitated not just wonderful learning experiences, but also social and emotional ones, for those who are allowed to make the journey down to the hospital school room. Our groups of children don’t know each other when they first come to school and Lucy can quite easily put them at ease, enable them to work together confidently and most importantly she creates a space in which they can express themselves and have fun."

    Danielle Valdar, Deputy Head Teacher at Great Ormond Street Hospital School

     

    "There were several students who usually screw their noses up at anything new or involving performing arts so we were amazed and happy to hear the lovely comments made after the sessions. We have one Year 8 boy who resists everything and during his session he said to me "This ain't half bad!" A very big compliment from this young man. A sixth form student who struggles to interact well with others came out of the room and said "That was so much fun, Lucy is fun and I like drama now”

    Teacher at Beal SEN High School, Redbridge

     

    "Lucy has worked as a facilitator for the Bush, working with primary school aged children. She has received great feedback from teachers and students, really engaging the students in creative activities and we would be thrilled to work with her again."
    Amanda Castro, Community Producer at The Bush Theatre

     

    “What sets Lucy apart as a practitioner is her ability to respond immediately to the needs of the group with fluidity, grace and humour. Her work at GOSH requires her to deliver one to one sessions with children in beds as well as small groups. Lucy never knows ahead of time exactly who or what group she will be working with, but her years of training and dedication mean that she is able to produce high quality sessions that cater to the students on the spot. She knows just how to pitch her manner to make individuals feel comfortable and keen to join in. It's a delight to watch her navigate this difficult role with not only sound teaching methods, but also a strong sense of artistry and deliberate craft "

    Maharati Windle at Great Ormond Street Hospital 

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