I have experience teaching theatre and performance studies, English literature, and creative writing to students from secondary school to degree level. I also enjoy giving seminars and talks to school students with the educational charity The Brilliant Club, and as a Graduate Ambassador for the Oxford English Faculty.
Beyond academia, I have experience of facilitating workshops on theatre criticism and creative writing.
University-level teaching experience
Dissertation supervisor, June 2019 – March 2020, University of Oxford
- Supervising three third year undergraduates to research and write their dissertations, including providing reading lists, giving feedback on work by email and in person, and helping develop their research skills. Their projects explore Arthur Miller and mental illness; science/ time in contemporary theatre; and Sarah Kane.
Teaching Assistant, ‘Introduction to Women’s Writing’, April – June 2019, Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford
- Observed classes on women’s writing from 16th-20th century taught by Dr Octavia Cox and learned how to adapt content, level and teaching style for adult learners
- Taught two-hour seminar on the Brontës, focused around a group discussion of the representation of women in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, and situating the texts in their historical contexts
Teaching Assistant, ‘Literature in English 1910 – present day’, January –March 2019, Faculty of English, Oxford University, Oxford
- Taught 2hr seminar on realism in contemporary theatre to 8 first year undergraduates
- Taught 1hr tutorial on contemporary theatre, including marking and providing verbal feedback on essays
- Took the Developing Learning and Teaching course, run by the Oxford Learning Institute, which introduced us to pedagogical literature and approaches, encouraged us to develop reflective teaching practices
Teaching Assistant, ‘Possibilities of Criticism’, October–December 2018, Faculty of English, Oxford University, Oxford
- Designed and led additional 1.5hr seminar for 15 students on theatre criticism
- Mentored students in how to approach their final essays and provided individual tutorial feedback on written work
Tutor, Playwriting, October-December 2018, CMRS-Middlebury College, Oxford
- Designed and taught eight one-to-one tutorials on playwriting to visiting American undergraduate student, which combined practical writing exercises with study and discussion of contemporary plays, and a field-trip to the theatre.
- Student wrote and redrafted a one-act play during the course under my guidance.
Other teaching and outreach experience
Tutor, ‘Seeing Differently: Feminist Approaches to Theatre’, November 2017- April 2018, The Brilliant Club
- Designed KS4 level course on Feminist Theatre based on my PhD research, including planning seminars, assembling course materials, and designing assignments
- Taught 14 seminars to Year 9 students at state secondary school in Oxfordshire to introduce them to new ideas and encourage them to apply to selective universities
- Marked the students’ homework, provided personalised verbal and written feedback on draft essays, and marked final assignments
- Successfully introduced students to unfamiliar and challenging concepts
- All 12 pupils achieved 1st or 2.1 grades in final assignments (which were moderated), indicating they were working to an excellent or good standard at A-Level
Tutor, ‘Theatre & Cultural Studies’, July-August 2018, 2019, Oxford Summer Courses
- Designed and taught 2-week course for 16-18-year-old and 18-25-year-old international students on feminist theatre, made up of four two-hour seminars and two hour-long tutorials
- Adapted teaching and content to accommodate differing levels of subject-knowledge and English-language skills
- Marked essays and provided progress reports
Tutor, December 2018–February 2019, Reading Scholars Programme, Brilliant Club
- Designed and taught 1hr taster university seminar on feminist approaches to media and theatre to groups of Year 10 state school students visiting Reading University
- Produced a handbook of resources as a basis for students to conduct their own research on the topic, in order to produce an academic poster
Tutor, August 2018, Jesus College-Seren Network Summer School, Oxford
- Designed and taught 1.5hr seminar on feminist and postcolonial approaches to identity in Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea to 20, sixth-form state school students
- Taught eight 30 minute tutorials on essays discussing the meaning of life (the theme of the summer school) with three students in each, providing verbal feedback