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Pamela Bowell – drama in education consultant

Pamela Bowell is an internationally renowned drama and education consultant, workshop leader and author with a deep interest and experience in drama as a means to enable learning. She has just concluded a Visiting Readership in the School of Culture, Education and Innovation at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, where she continues to teach educational drama regularly in the Department of Culture and Creative Arts. Previously, she spent more than 20 years as Principal Lecturer in Drama Education at Kingston University, London, where she led the Drama Department in the School of Education. Beyond her teaching, for more than a decade she was Chair of National Drama, the UK’s leading professional association for drama teachers and theatre educators, and then returned to the Executive as ND Conference Officer. She was also the inaugural Chair of the AITA/IATA Standing Committee for Children and Youth. She also served as Co-Editor of ND publications Drama Research: international journal of drama in education and Drama – the magazine of professional practice.

She is:

  • an outstanding drama practitioner who is nationally and internationally recognised for her work with children, young people, students, teachers and theatre educators. With them she explores the ways in which drama provides a creative and dynamic means to promote and develop learning across the curriculum and beyond.
  • a dynamic and sought-after national and international conference workshop leader and speaker
  • an established and regular consultant, INSET and CPD provider in the UK and beyond
  • a researcher and widely published writer on drama in education. With Brian Heap, she co-authored the internationally best-selling Planning Process Drama: enriching teaching and learning  and the recently published Putting Process Drama into Action: the dynamics of practice.
  • a successful and respected conference curator
  • a life-long advocate for drama as a potent and compelling process for learning and expression and as a curriculum entitlement for all children and young people.

She has been:

  • a secondary school drama teacher in both the UK and Australia
  • a local authority advisory teacher and theatre-in-education actor/teacher
  • a teacher educator
  • a consultant, executive member and post holder in a range of national and international governmental and professional bodies