Arts University Bournemouth Doctors
Jon’s academic background is in Theatre, Performance and Cultural Studies. His inter-disciplinary PhD thesis: The Practices of Carnival: Community, Culture and Place, (University of Exeter) brought together Performance Studies, Performance Anthropology and Cultural Geography approaches, in order to re-think arts-participation and arts-development within notions of the ‘cultural economy’.
Jon conducted his PhD through, participatory research alongside small-town community carnival groups, and as a professional street performer within the Battle for the Winds performance that launched the 2012 Olympic sailing at Weymouth. His PhD built on his previous practice-led study supervised by Professor Baz Kershaw in association with the seminal UK participatory performance company Welfare State International, for which he was awarded an MA in Cultural Performance at Bristol University in 2004.
Jon has a 20-year record of working in participatory festival, street theatre, music, Theatre and Drama in Education, youth theatre, site-specifics, community theatre, inter-generational performance and processional crafts. He has worked in prisons, with special needs communities and as a stage manager at Glastonbury Festival, and still performs regularly as a street musician, showman, and in site-specific Outdoor Arts.