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Carrie Westwater

Creative director and arts based researcher at Caz Westwater

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Carrie Westwater is an artist with an academic agenda. With a twenty year career in theatre, film and participatory arts she uses site reflective theatre and immersive methods to engage audiences in liminal spaces and transformative narratives.

Carrie is a maker of theatre, film and creative site responsive storytelling, using multi-platform methods. Moving to South Wales in 2013 to complete her PhD in arts and heritage participation she has been working on various projects with a variety of local companies: National Museum Wales (Museum Lates: SPACE), Creative Cardiff (Festival of Voice), Cardiff University (Wales for Peace; The Voices Project), tactileBosch (Garden of Earthly Delights, 2016; Lost Vegas Hotel 2017; Basement Borsht, 2018; Jubilee, 2018), Republic of the Imagination (Gravida, 2018); Women Representing Women, 2018), Magpies Immersive Events (Midsummer Nights Dream, 2018; Hub Festival Cabaret Caravan, 2018).
Her work predominantly has a human rights participatory or interactive focus. She uses participatory approaches in how she positions the audience, facilitates community arts and curates events that highlight matters around equality and diversity. At the beginning of her career she adapted Classic, Central and East European texts for performance in contemporary multicultural Britain.

Continuing in this manner she has directed several plays (in translation) and worked for Scottish Refugee Council on a number of performance projects highlighting the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees (Antigone in New York ( 2008), The Inquisitor ( 2009), The Umbilical Cord ( 2010) and A View from Here ( 2013). Her other intercultural work can be found in her being commissioned by University of Glasgow to create a performance based interactive training session based on Shaun Tan's The Arrival and co-creating the CurioUS learning programme with Glasgow Museums.

Carrie graduated drama school in 2001 before completing an MA Honours in Comparative Literature and Slavonic Studies; a Masters in Film Journalism and a pending Doctorate in the practical application of arts and heritage participatory to quieten the curatorial voice and power within community participation and co-curation. She currently lectures as Associate Drama Tutor at Cardiff Metropolitan University and teaches Creative and Cultural Industries in the school of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University.

To date she has conducted arts based research for Creative Cardiff, National Museum Wales, Booktrust Cymru, Cardiff University, Newcastle and Birmingham University and with Glasgow Museums, Historic Scotland, Brunel and Edinburgh University.

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Caz Westwater
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Creative Director and Arts Based Researcher

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