Fiona Macbeth

Biography

For nearly 20 years Fiona Macbeth has worked with young people and those who work with them as a drama workshop leader, trainer, teacher and consultant.

In 1989 she took the post of Project Facilitator with Leap Confronting Conflict (now The Leap Centre), a London-based youth arts project. In this position she ran drama workshops for young people in youth clubs and devised and directed issue-based interactive theatre projects with unemployed young people. These shows toured to youth clubs and probation centres throughout the UK. The focus of Leap Centre work has always been the creation of high quality, effective workshop material for use with young people and those who work with them. In 1989 Fiona was given the brief to develop training material to explore the creative uses of conflict. This task took her on a study tour of innovative programmes in the USA in 1990, including CityKidsNY, Youth at Risk, the Alternatives to Violence programme in prisons and Young Mediators in Schools in Pennsylvania. This research culminated in the two publications listed below which were research and co-authored with Nic Fine.

In 1992 Fiona moved to Devon where she began to work part time in the Drama Department of the University of Exeter, teaching undergraduate modules in Applied Drama.  She continued to work as a freelance facilitator running training courses for those working with young people. In this capacity she developed course material for ‘Young Men and Anger’ and ‘Young Women and Self-Esteem’.

In 2000 Fiona became a Research Fellow in The Peninsula Medical School. She co-founded RAP: a sex and relationships programme for young people who have had a disrupted education. This programme was researched and developed with peer educators : young people who had themselves experienced disrupted education. The RAP programme (developed with David Evans and Sandy Akerman, 2005) is currently rolled out in Pupil Referral Units throughout the South West, with peer educators running the workshops with support from adult facilitators.

In 2003 Fiona took the permanent post of Lecturer (E&S) (now Senior Lecturer, E&S) in the Department of Drama in the University of Exeter. In this capacity she co-convenes the MA pathway, Applied, Community and Socially Engaged Performance and teaches Interactive Theatre and Applied Drama at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

Publications

Playing with Fire : training for the creative use of conflict was published in 1992  by Youth Work Press. It is an internationally recognised resource which has been published by New Society Publishers in the USA 1995, sold 9500 copies and been translated into Serbo-Croat and Russian. Re-published as a second edition in 2011 by Jessica Kingsley.

Fireworks : creative approaches to conflict for young people was published in 1992  by Youth Work Press.