Deborah Richardson-Webb is the Head of Performance Pedagogy and Programme Leader and currently teaches contemporary performance practice in the School of Drama. Deborah is involved in developing an understanding of ‘pedagogy’ in the performance context and the application of quality arts practices in differing social contexts. She is an experienced director, devisor, collaborator and teacher. Deborah has taught in several countries including Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, USA and the former USSR. Deborah has developed and led courses for many groups including primary and secondary teachers, PGCE students, and performance students. She has worked as a consultant and board member for various companies in order to represent contemporary performance at national and international events.
Deborah led the dynamic development of the BA Contemporary Performance Practice, which began in 1998. She established the ‘Into The New’ festival as a respected platform for graduating artists and has built networks to enable the promotion of this graduate work at Arches Live, Battersea Arts Centre, and a whole host of other festivals and venues. Her foremost passion is the mentoring of emergent artists in the field of contemporary performance both within and outside RCS and she is committed to providing a variety of structures and infrastructures to support this.
Deborah is widely experienced in programme management. She is also an experienced programme validator and external examiner and she has held posts at the Central School of Speech and Drama and the Universities of Reading, Durham, Central Lancashire, York and Derby.
Deborah’s recent publications include: Troublesome Horses: Radical performance Pedagogy in the Conservatoire, A Chapter in Its Not Hard (To Say Goodbye) ed. A. Schrag, pub.Tramway/Cornerhouse Books 2008 and an article in: 30 Years of the National Review of Live Art, ed. Dr. Dee Heddon. She has presented paper at various International Symposia, Lives and Living(s) in Performance and New strategies for Art Education hosted by CiFas in Brussels.
Deborah’s latest work had been addressing issues of how the socially engaged artist can best meet the challenges presented by the global environmental crisis. She has been a participant in The Natural Change Project for over two years. This project explores how experiences of the natural world inspire people to live sustainably. In addition to her personal process, Natural Change has also developed her skills, insights and motivation to lead others towards a more sustainable future. Her approach to the development of the ‘eco-centric’ artist has been influenced and informed by her participation in The Natural Change Project.