Jane Loudon

Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader Drama and Theatre Studies

Jane Loudon commenced her university education as a mature student.  Thus prior to embarking on academia she brought with her an ongoing interest in community theatre via her earlier work in Theatre in Education and her participation in community performance.

Qualifications

1985-1988 BA Dramatic Arts with Dance (Bretton Hall, Leeds University)

1988 – 1989 PGCE Drama and English (Bretton Hall, Leeds University)

1994 – 1996 MA Educational Theatre (Leeds University)

Overview

Jane Loudon is Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Chester.  After training at Bretton Hall (Leeds University) she used drama in community and outreach projects at Barnsley College and Liverpool Hope University.  Her work has more recently internationalised through links with the British Council, the Educational Drama Association of Romania (2000-2010), SOS Children’s Villages, Malawi (1999 -2009) and the Tibetan Homes Foundation, India (2003).  In addition to the latter Jane has been an active income generator securing Knowledge Transfer and Aimhigher funds. She is mentor to two graduate companies, both of whom continue to be supported by the university and in particular the department of Performing Arts.

Teaching

Undergraduate teaching:

Like all staff in the Drama and Theatre Studies team I teach across a wide range of modules from basic skills workshops through to research led lectures at MA level.

International Consultancy/Teaching:

 July 1999 (with Kay, L.) Lilongwe, Malawi.

 ‘Educational Drama and English Language Teaching’. In partnership with SOS Children’s Villages International & Hope One World (Liverpool Hope University).

 July, 2000. Lilongwe, Malawi.

‘The Role of Educational Drama and Kindergarten Teaching’. In partnership with SOS Children’s Villages International & Hope One World (Liverpool Hope University).

 August 2001,[with Harrop, P]

Calimanesti, Romania. ‘Educational Drama’, funded by the British Council, the Romanian Ministry of Education and the American Peace Corps.

 August 2002, [with Harrop, P.]

Novadari, Romania. ‘Educational Drama and Language Teaching’ , funded by the British Council, the Romanian Ministry of Education, the American Peace Corps and the Educational Drama Association of Romania.

 July 2003. (with Lancely, D.) Rajpur, India

‘Educational Drama and Language Learning’, in partnership with SOS Children’s Villages International, Tibetan Homes Foundation, Hope One World (Liverpool Hope University).

 August/September 2003, [with Harrop, P.] Brasov, Romania.

‘Educational Drama and Creative Writing’, funded by British Council, Romanian Ministry of Education the American Peace Corps, Educational Drama Association of Romania

July 2004 (with Bourke, L) Lilongwe, Malawi.

‘Storytelling’ a partnership with SOS Children’s Villages International & Hope One World (Liverpool Hope University).

 July 2009 Lilongwe, Malawi.

Consultation with teachers and education minister to develop the forthcoming Malawian Cultural Tales.

 Staff/student research field trips

 May 2004 Brasov, Iasi, Piatra Neamt, Oradea, Cluj, Sibui, Rm Vulcea, Constansa. RomaniaEducational Drama as Cultural Intervention’ (schools tour)

In partnership with the Educational Drama Association of Romania (EDAR), British Council (Romania) and Performing Arts Department (University of Chester)

 July 2005 Targoviste Romania Educational Drama – Celebrating Diversity. (summer camp)

In partnership with the Educational Drama Association of Romania (EDAR), British Council (Romania) and Performing Arts Department (University of Chester)

 May 2006 Oradea, Cluj, Sibui, Rm Vulcea, Brasov. RomaniaEducational Drama as Cultural Intervention’ (schools tour)

In partnership with the Educational Drama Association of Romania (EDAR), British Council (Romania) and Performing Arts Department (University of Chester)

 May 2007 Gyor Hungary, Bacu, Piatra Neamt, Succeava, Iasi Romania. ‘Educational Drama as Cultural Intervention’ (schools tour).

In partnership with the Educational Drama Association of Romania (EDAR), British Council (Romania) and Performing Arts Department (University of Chester)

 May 2008 EU funded student project with the University of Resita In partnership with the Educational Drama Association of Romania (EDAR), British Council (Romania) and Performing Arts Department (University of Chester)

 May 2009 Tour of rural schools within the Baru region of Romania In partnership with the Educational Drama Association of Romania (EDAR), British Council (Romania) and Performing Arts Department (University of Chester)

Research

Conference papers.

 Educational drama as cultural intervention; a Romanian case study’

(with Harrop, P), Research in Drama Education International, University of Exeter, April 2005.

 Assessing Creativity’

The 6th National RATE Conference and The 5th Annual QUEST Conference. Organised in partnership with Asociatia Mentorilor din Romania Educational (AsMeRo) and the Educational Drama Association of Romania (EDAR)

October 2005. Cluj Napoca. Romania.

 Creativity in Context (plenary presentation)

The first independent EDAR conference. Promoting Creativity in Education

Organised in partnership with County Council Caras-Severin, School Inspectorate Caras-Severin, Peace Corps Romania, Theoretical High School Mircea Eliade,  Resita.

Resita 23-25th November 2007.

Malawian Cultural Tales. 2009 Bourke, L. & Loudon, J. (ed)

This book came about as part of collaboration between teachers, students and pupils from the SOS Children’s Village Lilongwe, SOS Children’s Villages UK and Hope One World based at Liverpool Hope University UK. The aim of the initiative was to record the stories, poems and songs of the teachers as a resource for pupils, and to act as an archive of the work undertaken during this period. (Currently seeking publication)

Published work

Tsalani Bwino’ June 2005.  Research in Drama Education – special issue on ethics. Volume 10. Number 2. Pages 233-239

The paper is an exploration of ethical issues in the trans-cultural application of educational drama. The paper draws on fieldwork conducted by myself in the SOS Children’s Village, Lilongwe, Malawi between 1999 and 2004.