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Dr Erin Walcon

Public engagement

Erin's work is practice-based, and depends upon strong partnerships with the local community.  As former Artistic Director of Devon Youth Theatre, Erin developed a long-term partnership with DAISI (Devon Arts in Schools Initiative) to provide a free schools theatre outreach programme every January/February.  This outreach programme culminates with a showcase at the Exeter Northcott Theatre.  This outreach programme is continuing, now funded by the Widening Participation office & by Doorstep Arts' Open Doors Outreach programme. 

As one of the members of staff working with the Applied Theatre pathway, she supports university students working out in the field with various school, health and community groups.  Current project placements include RD&E Hospital Children's Ward, Age UK, Magic Carpet, St James College, Cranbrook School, and the Pupil Referral Unit at the Stansfield Centre in Exeter. 

Through Doorstep Arts, Erin administers and produces 12 ongoing weekly groups for children and young people aged 4-25 across Torbay.  These groups devise and create their own theatre, dance and music with support from professional artists.  Erin is also a regional producer for Battersea Arts Centre's Collaborative Touring Network, a programme which is funded by Arts Council England, Esmee Fairbairn and the Jerwood Trust.  The CTN is aiming to reinvent touring theatre through work in nine areas of traditionally low arts-engagement across the UK.