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I am the Head of the School of Performance at London South Bank University where I lead a thriving performing arts department. My research focuses on theatre industry collaborations which develop inclusive, artistic projects at the intersection of education and professional theatre. I have developed a range of innovative partnerships with acting training institutions and theatres, both nationally and internationally. My work seeks to create a critical, performative pedagogic framework for artistic exploration, derived from the methodologies of theatre and drama.
My research is primarily practice-based and includes the following:
Blood Wedding: (Dramaturge)A bilingual theatre adaptation of Lorca’s famous play co-created with Transforming Arts Institute, Madrid, and performed in Madrid and London in 2018 and at the International Youth Arts Festival 2019 where it won the Audience Choice Award.
Crossing Borders: (Director) A co-created production with Ryerson School of Performance, this new play interrogates the migration stories of Japanese-Canadian and British-Iranian families. Premiered at the Massman Theatre, LA in 2018, toured to the Parados Festival, Toronto 2018 and the International Youth Arts Festival, 2019.
Mind the Gap!: An intergenerational theatre project developed in partnership with the New York Theatre Workshop and Southwark Playouse, performed at Southwark Playhouse in 2017 and 2019.
Sound and Fury (Director) devised in association with Volcano Theatre, premiered at the Shanghai Arts Festival 2013
Las Bicicletas Son Para El Verano by Fernando Fernan Gomez. (Director) Directed English translation for presentation at conference on Staging Translated Plays: Adaptation, Translation and Multi-mediality UEA June 2008
Bacchaefull (Performer/researcher). A research and development project for Dirty Market Theatre's award winning production of an adaptation of Euripides' The Bacchae, London 2008
Vertigo: I live with Black people (Performer /researcher) London Metropolitan University London April 2007
Oh What A Lovely War! (Director/researcher) EU funded bilingual production co-directed with performance artist Tim Crouch. France 2002
Romeo and Juliet (Director/researcher) EU funded bilingual adaptation of Shakespeare's play. Italy 2000
Acting and Performance - BA (Hons)
Postgraduate Research Supervision
|Mx D'Bi Young Anitafrika||Ubuntu! Decolonial Performance Praxis by Black Womxn in Theatre a Black-Queer-Feminist Critical (Auto)ethnography||PhD|
|Proposal||Project||Role||Funder||Status||Status last updated|
|Embedding industry partnerships in new actor training paradigms within the academy||Embedding industry partnerships in new actor training paradigms within the academy||Principal Investigator||Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)||OPEN In preparation||Feb 2023|
Prizes, awards, and accolades
National Teaching Fellowship (Nov 2019)
Drama Inspiration Award (Mar 2020)
Music and Drama Education
Mind the Gap!
Foster, Gill, Workman, David, Santiago-Jirau, Alexander and Garratt, Andrew Mind the Gap!
Mind the Gap! Post-show evaluation
Foster, G. (2019). Mind the Gap! Post-show evaluation . Southwark Playhouse
Mind the Gap! Documentation
Foster, G. (2019). Mind the Gap! Documentation.
As Divorce Approaches, a Bilingual Blood Wedding Opens a New Door
Foster, G. (2019). As Divorce Approaches, a Bilingual Blood Wedding Opens a New Door. Royal Central School of Speech and Drama: New Plays From Europe Blog.
Unravelling Hierarchies: Engaging Performative Pedagogies Within A Creative, Transnational Partnership To Enhance Socio-Cultural Resilience
Foster, G. (2019). Unravelling Hierarchies: Engaging Performative Pedagogies Within A Creative, Transnational Partnership To Enhance Socio-Cultural Resilience. in: Campbell, L. (ed.) Leap into Action: Critical Performative Pedagogies in Art and Design Education Peter Lang.
Mind the Gap! A transatlantic, intergenerational theatre project
Foster, G. (2021). Mind the Gap! A transatlantic, intergenerational theatre project. Youth Theatre Journal. 34 (2), pp. 146-157. https://doi.org/10.1080/08929092.2020.1842831
Mind the Gap!
Foster, G. (2020). Mind the Gap! London South Bank University.