Dr Joel Chalfen

Dr Joel Chalfen, MA (Cantab) Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, PhD University of Manchester. Director of Studies: Education (external)

The relationship between place, memory and social change; the nature and dynamics of the ‘public sphere’; the play and aesthetics of conscience; landscapes and surfaces of learning; theories of distance in aesthetic reception.
I am a teaching associate in Drama at the Faculty of Education and a Director of Studies at Homerton College. I began my career as a theatre actor and director, having trained with Jacques Lecoq in Paris and at LAMDA. In 2004, I set up a small arts charity developing theatre projects for schools and with community groups. This work introduced me to the field of Applied Theatre which I then further explored through my MA studies in Theatre and Development and also in my PhD. After my first lecture post in Drama, I worked as a community engagement officer with Cambridgeshire County Council and then as a regional project officer for the Norfolk Museum Services. I joined the Faculty in 2013 primarily to convene the Drama programme on the undergraduate degree.