Jonothan Neelands is a National Teaching Fellow and Principal Investigator of the Open-space Learning project. He holds the Chair of Drama and Theatre Education in the Institute of Education, where he teaches graduate and research students and, since 2010, the Chair of Creative Education at Warwick Business School (WBS). He is the lead academic for the RSC/Warwck Centre for Teaching Shakespeare based at WBS. In addition to his academic profile he is an experienced trainer and workshop leader with a national and international reputation for delivering high quality professional training and development opportunities.
Research interests include the theory and practice of drama and theatre education, teaching artistry and the work of teaching artists; models of cultural and creative learning; the politics of cultural and education policy-making, teaching in urban settings, the sociology of educational disadvantage and the articulation of a pro-social pedagogy of dramatic practice.
He has a close working and research relationship with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has developed and researched with them the RSC’s Masters and Post Graduate Teaching Certificate in Teaching Shakespeare and their impact on students. He also runs a Post Graduate Award for RSC Actors training to work in schools. Jonothan also advises government on the identification and training of talented young performers.
Jonothan is the author of several texts for teachers and students, which have influenced the development of drama in recent years including Structuring Drama Work; Beginning Drama 11-14; Drama and Theatre Studies at A/S and A level 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.