Warwick Arts Centre, creative learning, drama pedagogy, devising performance, eco-pedagogy, 'multiculturalism', 'internationalism', 'hospitality', 'conviviality', education and outreach, public engagement, social justice.
Rachel is Assistant Professor in Creativity, Performance and Education at the Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick. She leads modules on 'Drama and Theatre in Theory and Practice' and 'Drama and Creative Learning'.
From 2011-15, Rachel worked as Senior Teaching Fellow for the MA in Drama and Theatre Education, in the Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick and, in July 2015, she received a Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence (WATE).
In 2007, she received a Collaborative Doctorate Award (CDA) from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to work in collaboration with Warwick Arts Centre (WAC) and the School of Theatre Studies, University of Warwick under the supervision of Professor Baz Kershaw and Alan Rivett, Director of WAC. Her PhD research developed practice-led methods to investigate the dynamic interactions between notions and perceptions of 'multiculturalism' and 'internationalism' in relation to WAC's programming, commissioning and education activities. Having completed her PhD in 2013, she examines the ways drama and theatre-based pedagogies can be used to create hospitable and convivial spaces for interaction between multi-ethnic communities.
Rachel led the UK research site for Professor Kathleen Gallagher's international, multi-sited and collaborative research project (SSHRC 2014-18) Youth, Theatre, Radical Hope and the Ethical Imaginary: an intercultural investigation of drama pedagogy, performance and civic engagement.
Rachel is delighted to be collaborating on Kathleen's new project Global Youth (Digital) Citizen-Artists and their Publics: Performing for Socio-Ecological Justice 2019-2024. She begins fieldwork for this project in summer 2020, alongside Dr Bobby Smith (Theatre Studies) and Professor David Mond (Mathematics/Global Sustainable Development).
Rachel has recently completed a City of Culture/GRP funded pilot project investigating the possibilities of co-creating a 'Story Garden' in Canley, Coventry. This interdisciplinary project involves practitioners from Chol Theatre and landscape gardener, Hannah Genders. In November 2019, Rachel created a pop up Story Garden in Canley Community Centre as part of the ESRC's Festival of Social Sciences.
- Turner-King, Rachel, 2019. Questioning collaborative devising in a post-truth era : crafting theatre 'with' youth. Youth Theatre Journal, 33 (2), pp. 94-106
- Turner-King, Rachel, 2018. Creating welcoming spaces in the city : exploring the theory and practice of ?hospitality' in two regional theatres. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 23 (3), pp. 421-437
- Gallagher, K., Turner-King, Rachel, 2020. Performing a living museum of memories : beholding young people's experiences and expressions of care through oral history performance. Thompson, J.; Stuart-Fisher , A. (eds.), Performing Care: New perspectives on socially engaged performance, Manchester University Press
- Turner-King, Rachel, 2020. "Listen! we have something to say!? researching collaborative co-creation with youth using oral history and devising in a disunited kingdom. Gallagher, Kathleen; J.Rodricks, Dirk; Jacobson, Kelsey (eds.), Global Youth Citizenry and Radical Hope: Enacting Community-Engaged Research through Performative Methodologies, Springer
- Turner-King, Rachel, Kershaw, Baz, 2019. From human anatomy to the global banking crisis : exploring Warwick Arts Centre's commitment to artist-academic collaboration. In Finneran, Michael; Anderson, Michael (eds.), Education and Theatres: Beyond the Four Walls, Springer, pp. 97-113
- King, Rachel, Grainger-Clemson, Hannah, 2015. Becoming curious about Coventry : a journey in cross-cultural, cross-institutional drama practice. Freebody, Kelly; Finneran, Michael (eds.), Drama and Social Justice: Theory, research and practice in international contexts, London, UK, Routledge