Vicki is a 31 year old academic, actor and poet from Birmingham, UK who aspires to commence a PhD on The Impact of Theatre on the Neurodiverse Population at the University of Birmingham in September 2019.
Vicki's story began with being branded 'unteachable' as a child. Vicki struggles with multiple disabilities including autism, ADHD, learning disability, EUPD, physical disabilities, life-long mental health conditions amongst others. However, this has not stopped her determination to become an inspiration to others. Vicki has a keen passion for theatre which led her to studying a BA in Drama and Education Studies at Newman University, Birmingham in 2006-2009 where she graduated with a First Class Honours Degree. She then continued on at that educational institution to start an MA(Ed) in Education Studies in 2010. However, she became very unwell and had to leave that course.
5 years later, in 2015 Vicki enrolled onto a MEd in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs at the University of Birmingham. Specialising in neurodiverse conditions, Vicki is due to graduate from this higher degree in August 2019. This course has enabled Vicki to really study in depth the theories, diagnostics and practices of multiple neurodiverse conditions and has combined this high-level knowledge with her practical and personal experiences of being neurodiverse in a number of ways. Vicki desires to use her own experiences, and the expertise she has developed (and will continue to develop) to inspire other people and assist them on their own journeys through life and wishes to support them and advocate for them to achieve their true full potential.
Having been part of over 70 theatre productions, Vicki achieved her professional theatre debut at the beginning of 2018 with an West Midlands based organisation - Open Theatre Company (OTC). OTC is a theatre company that empowers people with neurodiverse conditions like autism and learning disabilities. Over the next 4 years, OTC will produce a series of theatre productions called The Twisted Tales which will engage emerging theatre artists (actors, technicians, crew) with neurodiverse conditions on their journeys to becoming profession theatre makers. This will include local, regional and national tours across the UK.
Based at OTC and using The Twisted Tales programme as the foundations of her PhD research, Vicki will use a range of methods to research and analyse case studies following the lives of neurodiverse individuals who will form the cast and crew of these productions. Through her 6 year PhD, Vicki will discover the fundamentals of the impact of theatre on the neurodiverse population as creators, participants, audience members and leaders of the theatre world.
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