Dr Pamela Barnes

Lecturer in Drama & Theatre Studies

Pamela is a creative practitioner for stage and screen with speciality subjects in directing, applied theatre and acting. She is an experienced director and producer within theatre, musical theatre and filmmaking and won the BAFTA Scotland New Talent award in 2013. Her research centres round the use of the performing arts for stage and screen as a tool for community engagement.

Qualifications

  • First Class BA (Hons) Performance – University of the West of Scotland  (2011)
  • PG Creative Media Practice - University of the West of Scotland (2012)
  • PG Research Methods - University of the West of Scotland (2013)
  • TQFE - University of Portsmouth (2013)
  • PhD - University of the West of Scotland (2018)

Overview

Pamela was born in Manchester and moved up to live in Scotland for twenty years, before moving back to the North West of England. Pamela has worked professionally as an artistic director, applied arts practitioner and director. She has also lead and facilitated many community arts projects where she has worked with a diverse range of groups and collaborated with a range of inter-disciplinary professionals.

She has a vast knowledge and experience of practice as research working as both director and curator within numerous performance projects including multi discipline performance projects utilising various performing arts methods such as theatre, film, and exhibition work as well as art, music and dance projects.

Teaching

Pamela has taught across a range of academic disciplines including acting, musical theatre and filmmaking. Her teaching expertise lies in performance practice, critical studies, directing and actor training.

Research

Pamela’s research focused on performance, community engagement and policy. She has developed projects through practice as research to investigate how performance could break barriers and develop community engagement in heritage sites. Her research generated original performance pieces including theatrical, film and exhibition performances.

2012   ‘Staging the Museum – Applying Practice as Research’ Process and  Outcomes, Paths and Products. Practice as Research Symposium. University of Glasgow.

2013   ‘Staging the Museum – Creating in the Community’ Imagine Possibilities Conference.  University of the West of Scotland.

2013   ‘Staging the Museum’ The Hybrid Museum Conference. University of Copenhagen.

2014   ‘Staging the Museum: Strategies of performance and community engagement in cultural heritage sites’ Leisure Studies Association Conference. University of the West of Scotland.

2015   ‘Staging the Museum: Strategies of performance and community engagement in cultural heritage sites’ Research Conference. University of the West of Scotland.