Tracy is Irish, but has been living in the UK, on and off, since 1997 when she moved to Manchester to do a BA in Drama, aged 17. Since finishing her degree she has trained as a Drama Teacher and taught Drama in the UK, Ireland, India and Thailand. She has worked as a Youth Theatre Director in various locations including Aberystwyth Arts Centre in Wales and Ballycotton, her home village in Co.Cork, Ireland. She has also worked as a Teacher Trainer, a Drama Facilitator, a Community Arts Festival founder, a Project Officer in an Arts venue and most recently as Programming Manager in a South Wales venue.
She is relentless in her passion and enthusiasm for change, some say she thrives on it! She is interested in using the arts as a tool for both individual and collective transformation. Her influences began with reading the work of Brazilian practitioners Paulo Freire and Augusto Boal. She has worked with Boal’s company on their legislative theatre when they visited Manchester. More recently she has been exploring the work of world-leading Welfare State International. After meeting John Fox and Sue Gill in Cardiff last year, the possibilities for large-scale, community-focused, really exciting and dynamic arts work has haunted her….
Tracy is currently studying for a PhD at Aberystwyth University. Her practice-lead research project is called There’s a stork in the labyrinth: Towards a phenomenology of birth, trauma and memory. She will be exploring the myths that we make around the subject and experience of birth, hoping to ‘bust’ some of them and to make new ones.
Tracy has been working on a project called ‘Llan’ exploring the relationship between ‘mother’ and ‘home’ with 4 women from south and west Wales. As we all live so far apart, one of the ways we want to communicate and share our thoughts and work is via a blog. Over the coming months we will be posting rants, photos, films, poetic reflections, links to other interesting blogs, ideas for getting creative. We want to share this work with a wider community. And we hope you will get involved too. Visit us at http://amothersllan.blogspot.co.uk.