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Karla Barnacle-Best

Associate Lecturer
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Karla has over 25 years’ experience as a manager within the arts, working for the likes of Arts Council England.

Karla has over 25 years’ experience as a producer and manager within the arts in the UK. She has also worked for Arts Council England managing the drama project funding portfolio. Most recently Karla has been exploring partnership and consortium development as well as setting up a Community Interest Company with her husband which focuses on teaching young people to make skateboards. She is currently working part-time as Joint Chief Executive at Discover Children's Story Centre.

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Rod Fisher

Associate Lecturer
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Rod has experience as a researcher and consultant on comparative cultural policy, cultural relations and management.

Rod Fisher has extensive experience as a researcher, consultant and lecturer on comparative cultural policy, cultural relations, cultural management training and the policy of European institutions in the cultural sector. He has conducted research, consultancy, lectured and chaired/moderated conferences in 33 countries worldwide. He has particular expertise on the cultures and policies of Europe and Asia.

For many year he worked for the Arts Council of Great Britain (initially as Information Officer and later as International Affairs Manager), as well as local authorities, where he programmed and administered arts and leisure services, festivals and venues. Subsequently, he established and directed his own consultancy, International Intelligence on Culture (formerly International Arts Bureau), delivering projects and services for institutions in the UK and overseas.  For example, in the mid 1990s he chaired the European Task Force on Culture & Development that produced the seminal report In from the Margins for the Council of Europe.

Today he chooses to work selectively, focusing on lecturing, and the occasional research project.

Academic qualifications

  • BA History (Sussex) 1965.

Teaching

  • Visiting/Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths on the MA in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy (since 2002) and a contributor to the MA in Cultural Policy, Relations and Diplomacy.
  • Visiting Lecturer at City University, London, running a module on Cultural Policy in Europe (subsequently International Cultural Co-operation and Policy) 1984-2007.
  • Visiting Lecturer at Jagellonian University Summer School, Krakow, 1991-1995.
  • Visiting Lecturer at Birkbeck, London, and in Lisbon, Bangkok, Barcelona etc at various times.

Professional Experience

Includes:

  • Director European Cultural Foundation UK 2002-2012.
  • Member, Orientation Board, Fondation Marcel Hicter, Brussels, 1991-2007.
  • Member, UK Advisory Committee, Japan Foundation, 2005-2007
  • Co-founder, Cultural Information Research Centres, Research in Europe (CIRCLE) network (Chairman 1985-1994).

Featured Work

  •  Independent expert, Preparatory Action on Culture in European Union External Relations for Goethe-institut, Brussels, commissioned by the European Parliament,
  •  2013-2014.
  •  Co Chair, Final Conference in Beijing of the EU Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2012.
  •  Training in Transnational Cultural Cooperation Projects: Reflections and Challenges to Validation & Certification (with Karpodini-Dimitriadi, Dr E) for EU, published  by Marcel Hictor Foundation, Brussels, 2007.
  •  From Policy to Practise & Potential: A Cultural Dimension to the EU's External Relations, (ed), Boekmanstichting, Amsterdam , 2007
  •  Developing New Instruments to Meet Cultural Policy Challenges, (ed) report on international cultural policy seminar, Bangkok, Asia-Europe Foundation &  Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, 2005.
  •  Hong Kong Arts & Cultural Indicators (with Mercer, C), research project for Hong Kong Arts Development Council, 2004-2005.
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Chasity Johnson

Associate Lecturer
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Chasity Johnson is an Emmy-award winning social media and content strategist with more than 10 years of industry experience. Prior to moving to the U.K. from the U.S., Chasity worked with the likes of the Chicago Tribune and NBC5 Chicago, where she won an Emmy award in New Media Interactivity as a part of the NBC5 Chicago Street Team.

She was also a uniformed member of the U.S. Army National Guard where studied at the Defence Information School to become a public affairs specialist. Upon receiving this qualification, she accepted a position with the Department of Defence as the Northern Region Public Affairs Specialist for the Illinois National Guard, where her responsibilities included designing a military publication with a circulation of 13,000 and the facilitation of military participation in major motion pictures.

When not lecturing at Goldsmiths, Chasity currently works as a senior strategist at M&C Saatchi London, where her core responsibilities include ideating and developing native social media content that resonates with target audiences whilst reflecting client objectives, development of digital and social media campaigns and strategies, influencer marketing strategies, research and insights into the ever-changing algorithms and best practices of social media networks, the establishment and facilitation of editorial processes as well as the procurement and development of digital and social media properties.

Chasity is also currently a student on the Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at Goldsmiths.

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Tricia Jenkins

Associate Lecturer
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Tricia is a teacher and facilitator with over 30 years’ experience working in education and community settings.

Tricia Jenkins is an Associate Lecturer on MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy. She is responsible primarily for managing work placements for students.

Academic qualifications:

1981: BA (Hons) Bulmershe College of Higher Education, Reading (English, Film and Drama)
1983: PGCE with Distinction, London University Institute of Education (English and Media Studies)

Final write-up of PhD, Studentship at Middlesex University (submitting Spring 2018): Digital Storytelling and older people.

Teaching:

  • Lecturer in Film and Media Studies for the British Film Institute Extra Mural Courses 1983 - 1987
  • Senior Lecturer Media Studies - Richmond upon Thames College 1987 - 1993
  • Programme Manager - Music, Media and Performing Arts (South Thames College)

Professional Activities:

Tricia is a qualified teacher and facilitator, having started her career as a lecturer in media studies and media production in further education and has over 30 years experience working in education and community settings, using the study and production of media as a tool for empowerment and inclusion.

She was Head of Training at the London Film and Video Development Agency between 1993 - 1998, and Head of Skills and Development (maternity cover) at Film London in 2005-7.

In 2008, she co-founded the research and digital storytelling company DigiTales, which is hosted by Goldsmiths, University of London. She has designed, fundraised for and delivered projects across Europe and further afield and she has used digital storytelling and participatory media on a range of issues and with many different marginalised groups, including homeless young people, older people, hard to reach young people and migrants. 
She has worked as a freelance consultant in arts policy and management since 2004 and was Head of Learning and Development at Arts & Business, where she led on fundraising training in the arts, running master classes, workshops and an annual conference between 2011 and 2013.

She is an experienced researcher and evaluator and is Secretary of the International Visual Methods Conference.

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Jonathan Meth

Associate Lecturer
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Jonathan has worked to give dramatic writers the tools they need to build better careers and change working cultures.

Jonathan is curator of The Fence, which he set up in 2003. The Fence is an international network of playwrights and cultural operators. It currently has over 250 members across 50 countries and has met 26 times. Fence 26 was in Cairo in March 2018

He put together the Janus project (developed out of the Fence), which with EU Culture funding and British Council support translated 16 new plays from across Europe and presented them as staged readings at Festivals in Tampere, Finland; Graz, Austria and Leeds, UK.

He was Director of writernet, a UK based organisation which gave dramatic writers the tools they need to build better careers and change the culture in which they work. Over 15 years he created regional, national and international networks, delivered a wide range of targeted playwright development programmes, co-produced new plays, wrote and published a range of guides, reports and articles on many aspects of the broader theatre writing ecology.

Academic Qualifications

  • BA Hons English & American Literature with Drama, UEA, 1983
  • Post-graduate diploma in Theatre Directing, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, 1989

Teaching

Jonathan has worked since 2002 as Associate Lecturer on the MA in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy, Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London.

From July 2013 to January 2015 he also Convened the MA in Writing for Performance and Dramaturgy for the Theatre and Performance Department at Goldsmiths.

Area of supervision

Currently co-supervising a PhD on carnival and education.

Areas of interest focus on playwrighting and dramaturgy in international cultural contexts, theatres of learning disability.

Professional Activities

  • Visiting Fellow at the Department of Film, Theatre & Television, University of Reading (2017-2020)
  • External Assessor for the MA in Scriptwriting, University of East Anglia (2002-2017)
  • External Examiner for the BA Drama and Scriptwriting - University of Northumbria (2014-2018)
  • Expert Advisor and ex-Trustee at Ambitious About Autism, the national charity for autism education
  • Chair of Vital Xposure; previously Vice Chair of ATC and the Playwrights Studio Scotland
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts
  • Artistic Associate at Az Theatre

Featured Work

From November 2018 - May 2021 Jonathan is Project Dramaturg on Ogmius, an EU Erasmus+ funded project. November 2014 - March 2017 Jonathan was Project Dramaturg on Crossing The Line - an EU Creative Europe funded collaboration project with the same partners: Mind The Gap in Bradford, UK. Moomsteatern in Malmo, Sweden and Compagnie de l’Oisesau Mouche in Roubaox, France: three of the world's leading companies making theatre with professional, learning disabled theatre makers.

You can read his recent piece on Disability Arts for The Guardian here.

  • October 2018 Direction and Script Editing on Festival-du-mort at the Bazar Café, La Charité-sur-Loire
  • September 2018 Closed reading of Chair, by Yves Baigneres, with actors and director Giles Croft at Goldsmiths.
  • August 2018 Dramaturgy with Pauline Heath on her Never Neverland project, for Little Cog & The Arc Stockton
  • August 2018 Completed 4-year stint as External Examiner BA Drama & Scriptwriting at Northumbria University.
  • June 2018 Directed four- day R&D laboratory on My Heart is in The East with Jessica Litwak, Fred Fortas & Rosie Parker at Bazar Café, La Charité-sur-Loire.
  • May 2018 with support from Erasmus +, worked with Event Production students at the Creative Industries Department of the Vilnius Gediminas University on the last 24 hours of preparation of their production.
  • March 2018 Fence 26 as part of D-CAF, the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival in Cairo
  • February 2018 Curated playwrights, from Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro and Romania to Hong Kong for a 4-day translation workshop of new plays for young people, for AFTEC
  • January 2018 Submitted Large Co-operation Project bid to the Creative Europe programme of the EU for an expansion of the Crossing The Line project.
  • October 2017 Ireland has struck oil – but will it be Norway or Nigeria? –  a live performance and audio podcast around a near future scenario with The Fence as part of King’s College’s Arts and Humanities Festival: World Service, with Gabriel Gbadamosi and Professor Max Saunders.
  • August 2017 Directed two-day R&D laboratory on My Heart is in The East with Jessica Litwak and Fred Fortas at Bazar Café, La Charité sur Loire.
  • May 2017 Fence 25 as part of the Festival du Mot, with The Hopper Project at Bazar Café, La Charité sur Loire.
  • March 2017 Fence 24 as part of the Cultural Festival in Rokiskis, Lithuania.
  • January 2017 Crossing The Line Festival in Roubaix (read interview with journalist Bella Todd for Disability Arts International).
  • March 2016 co-curated Plays for Young People symposium and workshop in Hong Kong, with Uk, Swedish and Hong Kong artists, for AFTEC
  • October 2015 Keynote Speaker at the first convening on Relaxed Performances in China in Hong Kong October 2015, for AFTEC
  • June 2015: Fence 21 as part of the Schillertage Festival at The Nationalteater in Mannheim and also in partnership with TiG7. Theme – Closed Societies.
  • May 2015 Directed Rehearsed reading of Jessica Litwak's My Heart is in the East, her new play set in 11th Century Cordoba. The play will also be produced at La Mama in New York in 2017.
  • January 2015: Fence 20 Eugene O'Neill Theatre Centre, Connecticut and Lark Play Development Center New York, The Play Company and NITE