Ms Ava Hunt

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Position: Senior Lecturer in Theatre Arts

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department: Media and Performing Arts

Subject area: Theatre

Research Centre: Identity, Conflict and Representation

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Senior Lecturer in Theatre Arts for the Single and Joint Honours Theatre Arts courses.

Teaching responsibilities

  • Applied Drama 2,3
  • Professional Development
  • Theatre Culture and Society
  • Performance Practice

Professional interests

I trained as an actor over 30 years ago and continue to work professinally in theatre, film, commercials and television. I have also worked as a director and producer setting up Tangere Arts in 2003, as co-Artistic Director.  I have also been co-Artistic Director of Yorkshire Women Theatre and Central Line Touring.  I worked as Artistic Programmer at Hull Truck Theatre in 2010/11 and most recently as Associate Director for Cast in Doncaster.  I am currently on tour with a one woman show Acting Alone based on five years of research exploring issues around identity, war and conflict.  I also work regularly for Derby Theatre as a Youth Theatre director, delivering training to Youth Theatre directors for NAYT, Scottish Association of Youth Theatre Directors.

Research interests

In 2008 I visited Sri Lanka with the University working with young people, and their teachers, using drama as an educative tool in areas affected by the 2004 tsunami, attending a British Council meeting with wide range of professional artists sharing practice.

2009-2010 I created a new one woman show exploring the relationship between film and live performance, using documentary material. I'm No Hero toured venues throughout Nottingham and Derbyshire. Material draws on key historical events during the Holocaust and a contemporary story in Palestine This work has continued and I am currently in receipt of Arts Council funding and University of Derby Research funding to travel to Israel and Palestine

2013 - my research project has included working with schools in Normanton, with my Applied Drama students, using Michael Morporgo's book The Kites Are Flying - travelling to the West Bank and working with theatre companies - The Freedom Theatre in Jenin, and The Alrowwad Centre in Aida Refugee Camp near Bethlehem, filming and working with children, then performing a new multi-media one woman show based on the book and using footage filmed in the West Bank at Derby Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse.

2014 - based on my research in the West Bank I was approached by Derbyshire Branch of Amnesty International to create a new one woman show called "Acting Alone" which performed as part of the Wirksworth Festival.  Since the summer of 2015 I was awared an Arts Council grant to re-work "Acting Alone" with has now toured both nationally and internationally and will continue into 2016.  In 2015 I attended and performed Acting Alone at the Politics, Protest and Performance Conference at Cork University and International Applied Theatre conference Performance of Hope at Auckland University.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Equity
  • Fellow of HEA


  • MA in Drama in Education, University of Derby
  • PGPLT - Teaching in Higher Education, University of Derby

Recent publications

  • Article for Mailout- using drama in education, August 2008. 
  • Article for Arts Industry - use of drama, professional practice in Sri Lanka, October 2008

Recent conferences

Presentation at LTA Conference, University of Derby Buxton, July 2008 - Employability and PDPs

I convened a Symposium on Arts in Education at Cast in Doncaster - speakers on the panel included: Sir Paul Edwards (CEO of Schools Partnership Trust), Pat Cockburn (CEO of CAPE), Catherine Howard (Ofsted Inspector) and Nii Sackey (CEO of Bigga Fish. The Symposium was a supporting event for a new production of Barry Hine's "Kes". The Symposium considered "How do we educate the Billy Casper's of 2014?"

2015 - Performance of Acting Alone at Politics, Protest and Performance Conference at University College of Cork

2015 - Performance of Acting Alone at Performance of Hope: International Applied Theatre Conference University of Auckland

Additional interests and activities

I regularly contribute to the Loudmouths slot for BBC Radio Derby. 

For the most up to date information on what I am doing please see my website:

Experience in industry

I have worked as a professional actor, director, programmer and producer for 30 years some of the companies that I have worked with include: Shared Experience, Hull Truck Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, Salisbury Playhouse, Half Moon, Language Alive, Tangere Arts, Theatre Centre. As well as my television work including: Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, Emmerdale, Touch of Frost, Dangerfield, The Royal Today, Grown Ups, Heartbeat etc.

International experience

USSR, Sri Lanka, Czech Republic, Israel, Palestine, Romania, Cork, New Zealand

In the media

I have worked television for 30 years including: Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, Emmerdale, Touch of Frost, Dangerfield, The Royal Today, Grown Ups, Heartbeat, Grange Hill, Casualty etc.

I regularly contribute to a discussion group The Loudmouths on BBC Radio Derby - 2012-2013

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