Dr Erin Walcon

Associate Lecturer in Applied Drama and Theatre (E&S)


Extension: 3150

Telephone: 01392 723150

Erin serves as an Associate Lecturer, specialising in Applied & Educational Theatre. She is a Co-Director of Doorstep Arts in Torbay: a grassroots organisation providing sustainable long-term participatory arts enrichment for children and young people in an area of statistically low socio-economic status. Doorstep Arts works in collaboration with Battersea Arts Centre as part of the Collaborative Touring Network (2013-2018) and builds connections between outstanding touring performance and ongoing participatory work at various doorstep sites across Torbay.  

She also serves as the drama advisor for the MA in Creative Arts in Education, within the Graduate School of Education on the St Lukes campus. 

Her PhD, titled Vital Spaces/Vital Signs: Young People, Performance, Identity and Dialogue, examined the ways in which devised theatre practice with young people aged 13-19 creates pedagogically rich space for dialogue about identity and social change. From 2013-2015, Erin worked on the AHRC-funded Amatueur Dramatics: Crafting Communities in TIme and Space as a postdoctoral research fellow. This research was led by Jane Milling (Exeter), Helen Nicholson (Royal Holloway) and Nadine Holdsworth (Warwick) and was the first major study to seriously consider the social and cultural dimensions of amateur dramatics.  

Erin's research interests include: participatory arts, social justice, community engagement, pedagogy, and theatre in education. Her own interest in the ethical concerns regarding digital mediums and participant voices are explored in a case study authored here: Capturing the Ephemeral, a case study.  As a practitioner, Erin facilitates and directs devised theatre, using creative writing, physical techniques, dance and original music to create new works with young people.