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About Conan Lawrence

I specialise in large scale site specific performance and writing and directing for radio, managing several partnerships between the School of Fine and Performing Arts and media, heritage and civic organisations. Following an early career in performing and technical theatre (with film journalism as a stepping stone) my academic practice combines teaching with writing, directing and project managing for large collaborations. I’m Programme Leader of B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, whose development I’m delighted to be part of. I’m leading a team of interdisciplinary academics and artists in a newly revalidated programme emphasising contemporary art and its relationships with local, national and international publics. I develop projects that enhance the School, College and University’s capacity for creative, outward-facing partnerships (including the B.B.C. and Armed Forces radio drama and site-based commemorative performances that form part of the B.B.C.‘s ‘World War One At Home’ season), and supervise Undergraduates and Postgraduates in Live Brief off-campus performances and professional placements informed by the University’s Student as Producer principles. I’m proud to lead the School’s collaborations with the B.B.C. Our organisations’ shared values of quality, integrity and creative development make us ideal partners and I look forward to building future projects together, particularly as part of the World War One commemorative cycle that continues until 2018. I also lead the School’s commercial activities, and welcome enquiries from Businesses and Third Sector organisations who want creative solutions to their performance problems.

Department Responsibilities

Programme Leader - B.A. (Hons) Fine Art School Executive Teaching, Scholarship and Professional Practice Lead Impact Champion Module Leader: Theatre for Young Audiences Module Leader: Public Project 1 School Enterprise Lead.

Subject Specialism

Performance and Commemoration, Radio Drama, Site Specific Performance, External Partnership Development, Project Management, Theatre for Young Audiences.

Qualifications

  • PGCert Film Journalism — British Film Institute, 2005
  • M.A. Critical Theory — Manchester Metropolitan University/University of Salford, 2002
  • B.A. (Hons) Performance Writing — Dartington College of Arts, 1998

Awards

  • Finalist Certificate for Innovation (Leaving Home) — New York Festival Radio,
  • Finalist Certificate for Special Event (Leaving Home) — New York Festival Radio,
  • Silver Award for History (Dambusters 70) — New York Festival Radio,
  • Anthony Easthope Memorial Prize (M.A.). — Manchester Metropolitan University,

Consultancy

2017: (i) Co-director of Verbatim Drama content for the International Bomber Command Centre: 16 monologues for permanent installation in the Chadwick Centre’s high definition lifesize video screens (opens April, 2018). (ii) Co-director of dramatic content for ‘The Beecheys Reunited’: documentary following the Beechey Brothers’ World War One journey across four continents (broadcast scheduled for November, 2017). 2016: (i) Co-director of ‘The Battle of The Somme, 100th Anniversary Commemoration’, in collaboration with the BBC, Royal Anglian Regiment and Lincoln Castle (July). Official commemoration event broadcast by the BBC. (ii) Co-writer and performer in ‘Fallen’. Performance including British Premieres of songs written by composers who served and fell in the First World War (July). Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio (December). 2015: (i) Director of dramatic content for International Bomber Command Centre launch event (October) (ii) Producer of Launch Event of ‘1215.today’, Arts Council England-funded two year international project for young people and artists constructing a 21st Century Magna Carta (June). (iii) Co-writer, co-director and actor of dramatic content for ’Generation Magna Carta’, in collaboration with B.B.C. Radio Lincolnshire (seven episodes, broadcast June). (iv) Audio Guide to the Church of St Peter, Friesthorpe: writer and director of HLF-funded audio installation. In collaboration with B.B.C. Radio Lincolnshire (May). 2014: ‘Leaving Home’: Radio Drama and large-scale Site-specific performance commemoration. (i) Executive Director and Project Manager of co-production with BBC Radio Lincolnshire, The Royal Anglian Regiment, The Diocese of Lincoln, R.A.F. College Cranwell Military Wives Choir, Scunthorpe and District Pipe Band and Monks Abbey Primary School marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War One. ‘Leaving Home’ formed part of the B.B.C.‘s World War One At Home season. (ii) Outputs: 60 minute outdoor concert performance, broadcast complete on live BBC radio (July, 2014) 50 minute BBC Radio Drama (August, 2014) 100 minute large-scale site-specific performance in a Lincolnshire hamlet (Friesthorpe), broadcast complete on live BBC radio (August, 2014) 26 minute BBC TV film (due to be broadcast in 2017). 2013: ‘After Me The Flood’: Performance, Media and Armed Forces. (i) Writer, Director and Project Manager of performance collaboration with BBC Radio Lincolnshire and the Royal Air Force marking the 70th anniversary of 617 Squadron and the Dambusters Raid. (ii) Performance script written for the R.A.F. Scampton commemorations, and adapted and recorded for transmission by B.B.C. Radio Lincolnshire (both May, 2013). The Radio Drama formed part of a New York Festival Radio award submission by B.B.C. Radio Lincolnshire, and won Silver in the History category in 2014. 2012: ‘Lincoln Tour’: commissioned script for Lincoln Tourist Information’s open-topped tour bus. 2011: ‘The Snow Queen’: Commissioned script for Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s Christmas show. 2009 - 2010: ‘It Happened Here’. Co-funded by HLF and Hackney Heritage Built Environment Partnership. Site-specific performance programme for 12 -19 year olds. Design, marketing, development, delivery and evaluation of an 18 month project based in Hackney, London.

Orcid ID

0000-0001-5481-4235

Research Interests

  • Performance and Commemoration

  • Practice as Research

  • Radio Drama

  • Site Specific Performance

  • Theatre for Young Audiences

Research Groups Memberships

  • Practice as Research

Research Projects

  • STORM (site-related practice as research project). Project Manager — EACEA (European Union) in 2012

Professional Affiliations