Ali Franks – Drama Development Worker

On leaving school in 1992 I spent two years working in London’s East End as a voluntary community worker.  This involved running children’s clubs and youth groups, visiting the elderly and working on the streets with the homeless.  I was also the drama and dance co-ordinator for a young peoples roadshow.  In 1994 I attended the University of Warwick where I gained a 1st Class Honours BA(QTS) in Drama and Education.  In this time I also set up a theatre company called Threshold Theatre where we performed as part of the Coventry Arts Alive Festival in 1997.

After spending two more years living in London, I visited Odin Teatret in Denmark shortly after which I moved back to my family home in Devon, where I studied an MA in Devised Theatre at Dartington College of Arts. In September 2001 I moved with my partner to South Wales. I spent three years as a Drama Teacher at Willows High School in Cardiff where I first made contact with Valley and Vale working on “Our World – Our Journeys” a multi arts project with young asylum seekers.

I joined Valley and Vale as Youth Arts Development and Drama Worker in October 2004 to set up and facilitate the “Breathing Space” Anti-Bullying project.  During this time I have also developed and written a teaching pack to accompany the “Our World” video which will be available to all secondary schools in Wales.

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