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Diane Hancock MA, BEd(Hons), FG(UK)

Current roles

Programme Leader: BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice


I originally trained at the Central School of Speech & Drama in London and worked as a actor for a variety of theatre companies around the UK before developing an extensive career as a theatre director and writer. In both roles I worked as a visiting free-lance practitioner and as an Artistic Director to five different professional companies: Actors Company, Wigan; Headway Theatre Company, Northumberland; Hoodwink Theatre Company, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tiebreak Theatre Company in Norfolk and lately The Play House in Birmingham. I have previously created, devised, written and directed shows for small and middle-scale touring companies, repertory theatre, youth theatre and T.I.E. companies around the U.K. and Europe.

Before coming to University Centre Doncaster, I was Associate Lecturer to Bretton Hall, University of Leeds and have also taught at University of Sunderland, Newcastle College, University of Hertfordshire and was Programme Coordinator and Principal lecturer for Performing Arts at Rotherham College of Arts & Technology. I am also a fully qualified teacher of The Feldenkrais Method, a unique movement awareness training system. I am a regular contributor to the Arts and Entertainment forum on Radio Sheffield.

Current modules taught

BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice:

Research / scholarly activity

The application of Feldenkrais Method in Creative learning.



Professional productions

The Play House, Birmingham 2006 (Small scale tour):

Tiebreak Theatre Company: 2005-06 National Tour

Snap Theatre Company: 2000 - 2004 Mid-Scale Theatre Tours:

Small Scale Tours:

Nottingham Playhouse T.I.E. 1999 Small Scale Tour:

RCAT Studio Company: 1997-2000

Suma Venture Theatre Co., Nottingham 1998

Small scale national tour

Lyric Theatre, Belfast 1997 (Repertory)

International Directors Programme (Studio Productions): 1996-7

M6 Theatre Company, Rochdale: 1996

Headway Theatre Company, Northumberland. 1992-96

Small scale tours:

Pulling Power Theatre Co., Northumberland. 1993

Living Memory Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne: 1990-2

Small Scale Tours:

Age Exchange Theatre Company, London: 1991

Solent Theatre Company, Southampton: 1991

Splash Theatre Company, Hull: 1989-90

The Actors’ Company, Wigan Pier: 1989

N.T.C. (Northumberland Theatre Company) Alnwick: 1987

External activity / professional links

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