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Lecturer in comedy and performance, University of Salford

I am a Lecturer in performance and comedy. I led the comedy programme from 2010-2015 -it was the first undergrad comedy programme in the UK - in 2014 I set up the prestigious Mike Craig comedy award- between 2011-2016 I developed an international partnership with Humber college in Toronto.
I am a Comic performer/actor/writer and spoken word artist I have worked extensively as an actor in professional TV, Theatre, and Radio 4 drama.

I hold a degree in Drama from the Victoria university of Manchester, and an MA in scriptwriting for TV and Radio from the international Media centre Salford.

I have been a guest lecturer at a variety of national and international institutions, including University of London, University of Exeter, University of Leeds, Humber college Toronto, Istanbul yeditepe university, and University of Aydin, Istanbul.

My long-term aim is to complete my PhD via publication looking specifically at auto ethnography, since my own writing is concerned with qualitative research, in which I use self-reflection and writing to explore personal experience in order to connect autobiographically to wider cultural, political, and social meanings.

Much of my research to date is primarily concerned with women and comedy. I have given papers and published articles discussing the gender inequality within female comedy performance.

I am a regular speaker on women and comedy, appearing on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Manchester, and more recently on local TV channels regarding women and comedy festivals. I have contributed to various broad sheet discussions around comedy practices, as well as comedy and gender.

In 2017 I became a co-founder of ‘Mixed Bill ‘an interdisciplinary comedy and gender research network, currently comprised of researchers from the Universities of Salford, Leeds and Sheffield Hallam. We are currently approaching our third annual symposium.


  • –present
    Lecturer in comedy and Performance , University of Salford


  • 1992 
    Victoria university of Manchester , BA HONS Drama