Pamela Bowell is Visiting Reader in the Department of Culture and Creative Arts, where she also teaches on undergraduate programmes in drama. Pamela is internationally recognised as an authority on process drama and has an active research and publication interest in this field. She also engages in consultancy, staff development and project work relating drama as a pedagogical process and has served in a range of leadership roles nationally and internationally including ten years as Chair of National Drama – the UK’s leading association for drama teachers. She is also a regular workshop leader, presenter and keynote speaker at conferences and CPD events both in the UK and overseas. Before joining Bishop Grosseteste University in 2006, she was a secondary school drama teacher in the UK and Australia, a local authority advisory teacher and theatre in education actor/teacher and, for 20 years, subject leader in Drama in the School of Education, Kingston University.
Pamela contributes of the teaching of Applied Drama on undergraduate single and joint honours programmes in Drama. Her teaching interests include the pedagogy of process drama, the relationship between theatre and educational drama, drama as a cross-curricular learning process, teacher-in-role and the process of co-creativity.
Pamela’s research background is in applied drama. Her current research interests include how and why children and young people learn through the drama process; the relationship between theory of mind and process drama; Dorothy Heathcote’s seminal principle of ‘internal coherence’ and the logic of drama; the dynamic nature of the teacher’s artistic and pedagogic decision-making in an evolving process drama. She has a long-standing research and publication collaboration with Brian Heap, Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, University of the West Indies – Mona. Their writings are required texts in colleges and universities, worldwide. Pamela is also a very experienced and respected director of international conferences in the field of drama in education; most recently the National Drama International Conference 2013: Heathcote Reconsidered, University of Greenwich, London. Currently, she is Co-Editor of Drama Research: international journal of drama in education.
Consultancy and projects
Pamela engages in a wide range of consultancy activities in the UK and overseas. She works with teachers and students in schools, local authorities, professional associations and universities exploring the ways in which drama provides a creative and compelling mechanism for learning and expression. She has a long-term relationship with 11 schools in the North Runnymede Learning Partnership, Surrey.
Currently NRLP – using drama to raise the self-esteem, self-confidence and social skills of ‘invisible’ children.
2006 – 2008 International Research Consultant to the Norwegian national research project ‘Drama, Creativity and Arts Integration for Learning’, based at Stavanger University, Norway.
Selected Publications since 2005
2015 Teaching in role – just another name is never enough, in Duffy, P. (ed) A Reflective Practitioner’s Guide to (Mis)Adventures in Drama Education. Bristol UK/Chicago USA: Intellect (forthcoming)
2013 Planning Process Drama: enriching teaching and learning (2nd Edition) Abingdon: Routledge
2010 Drama is not a dirty word: past achievements, present concerns, alternative futures, in Research in Drama Education. 15 (4). 579 -592. [view article]
2009 . Ramallah, Palestine: Quattan Centre for Educational Research & Development.
2007 Processing Post-colonialism: a case study of process drama and cultural diversity . Caribbean Quarterly. 53 (1&2). 84-94. [view article]
2005 Drama on the Run – a prelude to mapping the practice of process drama . The Journal of Aesthetic Education. 39 (4). 58-69. [view article]
Bowell, P., Heap, B.S. (2005) Processidrama – polkulja opettamiseen ja oppimiseen. Helsinki: Drammatyo.
Selected Papers and Presentations since 2005
2013 The Water-Reckoning – the development off a digitally mediated drama project building on Heathcote’s Rolling Role concept. National Drama International Conference: Heathcote Reconsidered. University of Greenwich, London.
2012 Process Drama – more complex that we think. 7th International Drama in Education Research Institute, Limerick, Ireland.
2010 Process Drama – a portal for inclusion. VSA Arts International Conference. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C. 6th – 12th June.
2009 Drama is not a dirty word: drawing on past achievements, grounding ourselves in the present, stepping into the vortex of alternative futures. 6th International Drama in Education Research Institute ‘Drama Research Futures: Examining our past, critiquing our present, imagining tomorrow’. Sydney. 14th – 18th July.
2008 The Valley of the Kings: I know that he thinks that she feels that they do …. . National Drama International Conference ‘Drama – Mind, Body and Spirit’. Durham.
2006 Using drama to produce multifaceted art experiences from notionally mono-cultural material. 5th International Drama in Education Research Institute ‘Returning the Gaze, Reclaiming the Voice’. Kingston, Jamaica.
2006 D4LC: The drama for learning and creativity project; the story so far. National Drama International Conference ‘Drama for the Future’. Winchester. 11th – 13th April.
2005 “I do not want death in my house” – using process drama to deliver the HIV/AIDS curriculum. International Research in Drama and Theatre Education Conference. Exeter. 1st – 4th April.
Selected Keynote Addresses and Workshops since 2008
2014/2009 Keynote Speaker and Workshop Leader: Association of Drama in Education in Ireland Conference, Dublin, Ireland.
2014 Visiting Teaching Artist Residency, University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA.
2013 Visiting Tutor: Qatan Centre for Education and Research, Ramallah, Palestine.
2013 Masterclass Tutor: American Alliance for Theatre and Education Conference, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
2013 Keynote Speaker and Workshop Leader: Drama New Zealand Conference, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.
2012 Visiting Teaching Artist: Ministry of Education, Singapore.
2011 Workshop Leader and Keynote Speaker: 18th International Drama Seminar, Antalya, Turkey.
2010 Keynote Speaker and Workshop Leader: Drama for Learning and Creativity Conference. Zakopane, Poland.
2009 Co-Leader: Process Drama Research Hub. 6th International Drama in Education Research Institute ‘Drama Research Futures: Examining our past, critiquing our present, imagining tomorrow’. University of Sydney, Australia.
2008 UK Delegate: IDEA Europe Youth Projet européen Symposium. Paris, France.