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Alumni: Education and Applied Theatre

On this page you'll find alumni who have gone on to work in applied theatre as well as those working in a wide range of roles in the education sector. If you're a member of our extended family of alumni and want add your story to our Alumni Case Studies Library, please complete this quick form.

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Cho, Seong-Kwan
ChoCourse: PhD in Theatre Studies
Graduated: 2015
Job Title/ Company: Assistant Professor, the Department of English Language and Literature Kyung Hee University
Date of Case Study: August 2021
Biography: After completing my PhD under the supervision of Dr Margaret Shewring on 'Shakespeare Performance on the Korean Stage' in 2015 I was appointed as an Assistant Professor by Kyung Hee University, Seoul in 2019. Since then, I have been working on various subjects:
  • Theatre censorship / representation of the nation on the stage (Nadine’s book was an inspiration!)
  • The Stanislavski system along with the formation of realistic theatre in the Korean peninsular
  • TV Drama: British drama and Hallyu (Korean wave)
Coates, David

David CoatesCourse: BA Theatre and Performance Studies / MA by Research in Theatre Studies / PhD Theatre Studies

Graduated: 2009/ 2010/ 2017

Job/ Organisation: Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick

Date of Case Study: August 2020

Biography: David's passion for theatre history began during his undergraduate degree at Warwick. After completing his BA with first class honours he embarked on an MA by Research investigating the private theatre at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. This led on to a PhD looking at private and amateur theatricals across Britain in the long nineteenth century (1789-1914). During his PhD, David worked part-time in University and Arts Administration in various roles. In 2014 David was one of the lead organisers for the International Federation for Theatre Research world congress at Warwick. In 2015 David was Campus Wayfinding Officer. At Warwick Arts Centre at different stages of his career he was an Assistant Box Officer Manager, Assistant House Manager, Business Development Manager and Programming Assistant, giving him a broad understanding of how the theatre industry works within a venue. After finishing his PhD in 2017, David became an Early Career Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Studies and began as a Teaching Fellow in Theatre and Performance Studies. This was the beginning of his full-time academic career.




Guildea, Mark

Mark GuildeaCourse: BA Theatre and Performance Studies

Graduated: 2009

Job Title/ Company: National Training & Professional Development Lead, Ministry of Education, United Arab Emirates

Biography (max. 150 words): Following my graduation, I pursued my sporting career and moved into professional football coaching whilst studying for a Masters Degree in Sport & Exercise Sciences at Roehampton University. This led to a career within the education sector, following the completion of a PGCert. from Brunel University the following year. I enjoyed working in state education as a Physical education teacher and head of department for 4 years before moving into University Lecturing and working on my first academic published material. As a recognised expert in Sports Education, I most recently undertook an international role with the government of the United Arab Emirates as National Training & Professional Development Lead for Physical and Health Education. The knowledge, competency and confidence I gained from my time at Warwick built the foundations for my current career for which I am very grateful.

Date of Case Study: June 2009



Morgan, Dan

Dan MorganCourse: MA Drama and Theatre Education and PGCE Secondary Drama (GTP)

Graduated: 2009 & 2013

Job Title/ Company: Teacher of Drama | Senior House Leader | Assistant Head of Year 11

Biography: When studying for my Masters, I was working for C&T Theatre Company as Lead Animateur and Assistant Director. After nine years with C&T I moved on to become Creative Advisor at Bishop Perowne CE College, using Drama & Film to work across the curriculum and develop their Arts Outreach programme. They then supported me through the GTP programme at Warwick to become a Drama Teacher.

Having completed my NQT year with Pershore High School, I then moved to Royal Grammar School Worcester to become a Drama teacher. As well as teaching, I have formed the Film Club, organised over 40 theatre trips, including two international residentials, presented on a a project with St Richard’s Hospice at the Hay Festival and been instrumental in designing our new Performing Arts Centre.

Now in my sixth year at RGS, I am now fortunate enough to be on my third promotion being responsible for the House System across the school, as well as being Assistant Head of Year 11.

Date of Case Study: June 2020



O'Ferrall, Joanna

Joanna O'FerrallCourse: BA Theatre and Performance Studies

Graduated: 2009

Job Title/ Company: Director of RM Drama

Date of Case Study: July 2020

Biography: After leaving Warwick, I went on to complete a Masters in Shakespeare whilst setting up the drama school. RM Drama specialise in individual coaching in Drama and Public Speaking, building confidence and developing communication skills for children aged 4-18. Over the past 10 years, we’ve grown to accommodate over 1000 pupils in our weekly classes, with a team of 20 brilliant teachers. We cover North London, and are the largest LAMDA examination centre worldwide, and also go into schools such as QE boys to stage the drama productions. Running the school has been intellectually and creatively stimulating; I’ve learnt a lot about managing people, building teams and handling the many facets of running your own business. I remember my time at Warwick very fondly, and wish the current students well.



Samson, Holly

Holly SamsonCourse: BA Theatre and Performance Studies

Graduated: 2009

Job Title/ Company: Dramatherapist

Date of Case Study: July 2020

Biography: Holly worked as a drama facilitator and teaching assistant for six years after graduating from Warwick in 2009. She managed a teaching assistant team, supported and created theatre with children and young people with a wide range of learning needs, hearing, visual and physical disabilities.

Holly studied the Dramatherapy MA at the University of Roehampton whilst working, qualifying in 2015. She has worked therapeutically in several clinical settings, including domestic abuse, special and mainstream education, and as project and clinical manager of a secondary education therapy service.

Holly has supported people through a wide range of social, emotional and behavioural challenges including low self-esteem, anxiety, aggression, self-harm, disordered eating, suicidal ideation, family illness, trauma and bereavement.

Holly is a member of the British Association of Dramatherapists and accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council.

In her spare time, Holly dances and watches lots of theatre.



Williams, Laura

Laura Williams Librarian

Course: BA Theatre and Peformance Studies

Graduated: 2009

Job Title/ Company: Subject Librarian for Art, Design and Architecture – University of Huddersfield

Biography: After I finished at Warwick I decided to do a one year graduate librarian traineeship at the University of Oxford to see what being a librarian involved. I loved it so then did an MA in Librarianship at the University of Sheffield. After my postgraduate course I worked in media archives at ITV and the BBC, carrying out archive research for programme makers and looking after collections. I worked as an embedded media manager in BBC television production, supporting programme makers with everything information related. This included archiving production footage, sourcing archive clips, training researchers, cataloguing and much more.

I decided to leave media archives in 2015 to gain experience of library work in a different sector. As Subject Librarian for Art, Design and Architecture I am involved in teaching students, developing library collections and conducting research. I love the variety of the subjects I support as it means helping students research a wide range of fascinating topics. Teaching information research skills to students in the creative industries means lots of opportunities to be creative in my work. I’m always looking for ways to incorporate playful creative activities into my practice.

I am also a PhD student at the University of Sheffield. My research looks at the information behaviours of runners, focused on use of social media and the role of digital communities in information sharing. I am interested in everyday information literacy and our skills to critically evaluate information impacting on health and wellbeing.

Date of Case Study: June 2020