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Dr Natalie Garrett Brown

Dr Natalie Garrett Brown

garretn2@lsbu.ac.uk

Arts and Creative Industries

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4345-7823

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I am a practitioner-researcher in dance and joined LSBU in 2022 as Dean of the School of Arts and Creative Industries. I am also a somatic movement educator and executive. I have led Schools, Departments and student experience portfolios at the University of East London and Coventry University.

I am co-convener for the International Conference for Dance & Somatic Practices, and founding associate editor for the Dance and Somatic Practices Journal, intellect publishers. Alongside this, I am Chair for Dance HE (Standing Conference of Dance in Higher Education) and founding member of enter and inhabit, a site-responsive collaborative project.

My practice and research interests are situated within feminist understandings of embodied subjectivity and the ways in which somatic and reflective practices can inform education, performance making, creativity, writing and digital cultural practices. Most recently I was one of the co-investigators of the 3-year UK Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded research project Sensing the City: an Embodied Documentation and Mapping of the Changing Uses and Tempers of Urban Place (a practice-based case study of the city of Coventry (2017-2020).

PHD

University of Surrey Roehampton, Doctorate Research (2000-2007) Shifting Ontology: Somatics and the Dancing Subject, Challenging the Ocular within Conceptions of Western Contemporary Dance

2000
2007
MA Dance Studies

Laban Centre/City University, London, (Visual Design, Politics & Aesthetics) Dance Studies Masters Degree

1994
1996
BA Dance Theatre

Laban Centre/City University, London, Dance Theatre BA (Hons) 2:1

1991
1994
CMI Level 7 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring

Charted Management Institue

2017
2018
Certificate in Management & Leadership

MIT Management Executive Education, US.

2015
2016
Somatic Movement Educators Training in Body-Mind Centering

Embody Move Association, UK.

2008
2011
Certificate - 1 Year Special Course - Dance Performance

London Contemporary Dance School, London

1997
1998
Interim Dean of School for Arts and Creative Industries
University of East London

• Sustainability (School income, student recruitment, portfolio development)

• Leadership (USP, competitiveness & external profile)

• Quality of education (TEF) module monitoring/tracking, NSS, Continuation & Graduate employability

• Recourses (Staffing plan, Staff development, Staff workload planning, Physical resources)

• Community engagement (Enterprising, entrepreneurship, outreach)

• Research development and direction for the School

2021
2021
Education
Co-Director, Education and Experience
University of East London

• Responding to governmental higher education policy and directions.

• Leading and implementing curriculum review and design (UG, PGT, & CPD), teaching and learning innovations and quality processes.

• Ensuring teaching and learning KPIs are met; closing the degree awarding gap, student satisfaction, completion and continuation.

• Contribution to Intuitional level teaching and learning strategy (Tech enabled, Dual Delivery), Covid response plans, Institutional TEF submission, review of student engagement and feedback processes and the roll out of enhanced pre-arrival and induction processes.

• Embed student and alumni consultation and partnership working.

• Facilitating and championing research informed teaching and industry partner collaboration and partnerships.

2020
2021
Education
Head of Department, Perfomring Aarts
University of East London

• Horizon scanning and industry partnership working.

• Operating as part of the senior management team for the School / Faculty actively contributing strategically and operationally to the work of the annual KPIs, planning rounds, building projects and sector and discipline trend monitoring.

• Working with planning and marketing colleagues to gain insight on national and internal recruitment trends.

• Securing of collaborative partners (UK and International) providers seeking validation.

• Budget management and planning (staffing, visiting guest lecturers, estates resources, consumables and staff development),

• Staff recruitment and line management; workload allocations, staff probation and appraisal, staff development programmes, performance management and succession planning.

• Representing the School / University in an ambassador capacity, locally, nationally and internationally.

2019
2021
Education
Head of School - Media and Performing Arts
Coventry University

• Horizon scanning and industry partnership working.

• Operating as part of the senior management team for the School / Faculty actively contributing strategically and operationally to the work of the annual KPIs, planning rounds, building projects and sector and discipline trend monitoring.

• Working with planning and marketing colleagues to gain insight on national and internal recruitment trends.

• Securing of collaborative partners (UK and International) providers seeking validation.

• Budget management and planning (staffing, visiting guest lecturers, estates resources, consumables and staff development),

• Staff recruitment and line management; workload allocations, staff probation and appraisal, staff development programmes, performance management and succession planning.

• Representing the School / University in an ambassador capacity, locally, nationally and internationally.

2016
2019
Education
ProposalProjectRoleFunderStatusStatus last updated
Dance research matters network and programme lead opportunityDance research matters network and programme lead opportunityPrincipal InvestigatorArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)OPEN In preparationJan 2023
VP HIVE-CoSTARNational Centre for Virtual ProductionCo-InvestigatorArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)OPEN In preparationMar 2022
Dance HE (Standing Conference for Dance Education)
2018
Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices

Intellect Publishers

Editor-in-Chief
2009
Falmouth University
External examiner

External Examiner

UG Dance Provision

September 2019

Nomadic Making; enacting difference through collaborative performance practice (2020)
Garrett Brown, N. (2020). Nomadic Making; enacting difference through collaborative performance practice (2020). Journal of Choreographic Practices, Intellect Publishers. 11 (1), pp. 149-161. https://doi.org/10.1386/chor_00016_1

flockOmania 1 exhibition, performance event & catalogue
Garrett Brown, N. (2015). flockOmania 1 exhibition, performance event & catalogue. Lanchester Gallery 19 Jan - 19 Feb 2015

Dancing with dirt and wires; reconciling the embodied and the digital in site responsive collaborative practice
Garrett Brown, N., Kipp, C. and Voris, N. (2015). Dancing with dirt and wires; reconciling the embodied and the digital in site responsive collaborative practice. in: Causey, M., Meehan, E. and O'Dwyer, N. (ed.) The Performing Subject in the Space of Technology: Through the Virtual, Towards the Real Palgrave. pp. 174-186

Disorientation and emergent subjectivity: The political potentiality of embodied encounter
Garrett Brown, N. (2012). Disorientation and emergent subjectivity: The political potentiality of embodied encounter. Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices. 3 (1-2), pp. 61-73. https://doi.org/10.1386/jdsp.3.1-2.61_1

everything is at once: Reflections on embodied photography and collaborative process
Garrett Brown, N., Kipp, C., Pollard, N. and Voris, A. (2012). everything is at once: Reflections on embodied photography and collaborative process. Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices. 3 (1-2), pp. 75-84. https://doi.org/10.1386/jdsp.3.1-2.75_1

A gift of writing? Choreographer and writer collaborations in the university
Garrett Brown, N. (2010). A gift of writing? Choreographer and writer collaborations in the university. Research in Dance Education. 11 (2), pp. 143-160. https://doi.org/10.1080/14647893.2010.490292