An Introduction By Laura

Hello! If you want to know a little bit more about me as a director of Vivid Roots, this is the place to be.

As an emerging artist, my practice has been evolving rapidly over the past five years. This is both creatively and professionally. Since Higher Drama in 2015, I have been driven by a desire to direct live theatre and this passion has never gone away – in this, I think I am really lucky. However, my creativity was often put to the side in University as I discovered skills in producing. Managing group work and my own time was often my asset in creative collaboration so it wasn’t until our 4th year Autonomous Performer project that I truly got to explore my own creativity. I discovered that over the five years of my degree, informed by (literally) scores of live productions, I had been nurturing a preference for storytelling, physical theatre, and puppetry.

Although my skills in organisation, networking and communication meant that I was pushed towards the role of producer, it has only let me discover a new passion.

By the way, if you’re wondering if you are a producer at heart, there is an easy way to find out. If, when you see a beautiful spreadsheet, or a well-organised filing system and your reaction is like this gif of Amy Santiago from Brooklyn Nine-Nine, you should do some producing.

As a creative practitioner, I also discovered a love of research. I work on a philosophy that research helps to inform practice by ensuring that socially, politically and creatively it remains relevant to contemporary ethics and ideas. In autumn 2021, I hope to begin a Masters of Research, exploring the relationship between physical theatre and Feminism through a phenomenological framework. I expect this research to provide me with new insights into exploring social issues through movement-based praxes. My skills as a researcher will inform all of the work that we produce creatively with Vivid Roots Collective.

Published by Laura Walker

Undergraduate in Drama and Performance. Member of the #NYAAG. Here to make my mark on the creative industry in the Scottish Highlands.

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