Academic Director for Drama
Patsy Gilbert is Academic Director of the Drama Programmes and leads The University Drama School programmes, development and enterprise activity.
Since graduating from the Central School of Speech and Drama with a Master's Degree in Voice, Patsy has worked within many institutions. These have included the Central School of Speech and Drama, East 15 and the University of Northumbria, teaching Vocal skills and Singing to a wide range of performers.
Patsy co-founded the Vocal Points project at The Sage Gateshead which focused on interrogate voice use in three main areas - identity, health and creativity. The project brought together vocal professionals to discuss and explore vocal practise.
Patsy is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was project lead in their recent What Works? Programme looking at developing pre-induction strategies for students. This has lead to an investigation of the TEF and its effects on vocational courses – delivering papers and sharing practice with other HEI’s through conferences and consultancy.
Most recently Patsy has been working closely with Balance CIC – a Community Interest Company based in Surbiton who provide support and employment to disabled and vulnerable people. In 2015 she premiered the production Hello, My Name is Anxiety which was developed through workshops with the Balance group. This year she is teaming up with Balance again and St Mary’s Student Wellbeing Services to create short films to promote services to people with mental health or anxiety issues. The Don’t Suffer in Silence campaign will be run simultaneously at St Mary’s and in local schools.
Currently working with a range of community singing groups, Patsy is an experienced choir leader, arranger and animateur. She is particularly interested in working with non-reader community choirs. She also continues her professional singing work as a Gospel and Jazz soloist.