Coming from a background of theatre-in-education, Chris has been using his talents to deliver creative people development solutions since 2000. He’s an expert facilitator and supports organisations through creative development and theatre based learning.
Style and approach
Chris’ passion is theatre based learning. He’s a skilled scriptwriter who can capture the essence of conversations and interactions that take place in organisational life. Chris expertly directs actors to bring his scripts to life, so that our workshop participants can easily recognise the types of scenes being demonstrated. His work is rooted in the belief that – of all the arts – it is drama that offers the most concrete, immediate and direct representation of human behaviour and social experience. Chris considers it one of the preeminent tools for ‘thinking’ about organisational life and its situations. People who work with him develop effective impact, influence and strategic thinking. Chris’ specialisms include:
- Leading individuals and teams
- Situational leadership
- Influencing skills
- Managing disagreements and conflict – with colleagues or clients
- Sales approaches, particularly closing techniques
- Client management
- Recruitment and interviewing skills
Projects and clients
Over the years Chris has delivered theatre based development programmes for a vast array of business clients. Notable examples include Nissan, Eurotunnel, Pret-A-Manger, Nokia, Thales, Southern Water, British Gypsum and Willmott Dixon. He’s written and directed our workshop called “The Art of Feedback” which has been delivered exclusively by Change Formation at Cardtronics, The Lucy Group and Shearwater. He’s also adapted this for online delivery via video conferencing.
Chris has been delivering theatre based learning since 2000. He’s involved in every aspect; liaising with the client, developing scenarios, writing scripts, selecting actors and facilitating the event. Chris selects his “cast” for each programme from a group of highly skilled professional actors. Together they use forum-theatre and role-play to develop learning events that allow participants to reflect on organisational realities, explore business possibilities, experiment with strategies and practice behavioural skills.
Chris has a BA in Educational Theatre and, in more recent years, has been the recipient of two Arts & Business awards for innovation in organisational learning and development.