Participatory Practice

Prisons

Working within the prison estate forms a significant part of my participatory work.  Although I work predominantly with women's stories in my professional directing work, I am particularly interested in working within the male prison estate framed by a feminist-informed approach. 

I work regularly with Unlock Drama and Synergy Theatre Project, and in the past have completed projects at HMPYOI Feltham, HMP The Mount and HMP Littlehey and with organisations such as Rideout, Music in Prisons and the London Philarmonic Orchestra.

Community (Adults)

II have worked as a facilitator of drama, creative writing and performance skills with adults from a wide range of groups including those experiencing homelessness at day and residential centres, men with mental health histories, ex-offenders, even amateur orchestras as part of the BBC's The Great Orchestra Challenge.

In 2012 I was Company Manager for Old Vic New Voices community musical, Epidemic, responsible for the pastoral care of over 120 volunteer performers and backstage crew.

Young people

Since graduating with Distinction from my MA in Applied Theatre at Central School of Speech & Drama in 2011, I have worked extensively with young people as a facilitator and director, using theatre and multi-disciplinary practise. My work is participant centred and responds to the ideas and needs of young people in order to support them to interrogate their world and tell their own stories. 

I have worked with a variety of companies, including Kiln Theatre, ONG Ventana de Color (Chile), Lyric Hammersmith, Shakespeare Schools Festival, Good Chance Theatre, Roundhouse, Cardboard Citizens, DreamArts, Creative ESOL (Rewrite), Drama Workhouse and the National Citizens Service. 

HE & Emerging Artists

I have been an Associate and Visiting Lecturer in Applied Theatre at St Mary's University and Central School of Speech & Drama working with both BA & MA Students. 

I also regularly deliver workshops for CPD with emerging artists through organisations such as Bechdel Theatre, the Old Vic, the Actor's Centre and my own company The Thelmas.

Dress rehearsals
Dress rehearsals

Devised play with songs with adult male prisoners, working with Rideout, Music in Prisons and London Philharmonic Orchestra

Synergy Theatre Project
Synergy Theatre Project

Delivering Introduction to Acting workshops to adult male prisoners

Unlock Drama
Unlock Drama

Delivering NPS Awareness and substance abuse workshops

Dress rehearsals
Dress rehearsals

Devised play with songs with adult male prisoners, working with Rideout, Music in Prisons and London Philharmonic Orchestra

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Second Person Narrative
Second Person Narrative

by Jemma Kennedy with the Arcola Women's Community company, part of the Creative Disruptions Festival 2020

Second Person Narrative
Second Person Narrative

by Jemma Kennedy with the Arcola Women's Community company, part of the Creative Disruptions Festival 2020

Second Person Narrative
Second Person Narrative

by Jemma Kennedy with the Arcola Women's Community company, part of the Creative Disruptions Festival 2020

Second Person Narrative
Second Person Narrative

by Jemma Kennedy with the Arcola Women's Community company, part of the Creative Disruptions Festival 2020

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Trials of the Paragons
Trials of the Paragons

Devised play written and performed by DreamtArts Snrs 2017

Trials of the Paragons
Trials of the Paragons

Devised play with songs by DreamtArts Snrs 2016

Grafitti session
Grafitti session

Grafitti session at Rugby Portobello Trust, revamping the club's pool table cover as part of Good Chance Theatre's Future Stories project

Trials of the Paragons
Trials of the Paragons

Devised play written and performed by DreamtArts Snrs 2017

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Exploring Viewpoints
Exploring Viewpoints

Exploring Viewpoints with BA students at St Mary's University

Theatre of the Oppressed
Theatre of the Oppressed

Theatre of the Oppressed with BA Applied Theatre students at St Mary's University

MA Applied Theatre mastercalss
MA Applied Theatre mastercalss

Working with MA Applied Theatre students at Central School of Speech and Drama

Exploring Viewpoints
Exploring Viewpoints

Exploring Viewpoints with BA students at St Mary's University

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