Dr Jennifer S. Hartley
Writer, Director & Applied Theatre Practitioner
(Founder of Theatre Versus Oppression)
Jennifer Hartley went on to study direction and acting after completing a degree in English Literature and Linguistics in Glasgow, Scotland. After a number of directing theatre ventures in the UK and abroad she began working in South America where she produced and directed theatre in both Spanish & English. As well as teaching and lecturing on both drama theory and practice, Jennifer specialised in therapy through drama working extensively with theories and methodology related to Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed. Through study and practise Jennifer developed her own working practise from these methods, a practise she now uses to work with minority and oppressed groups internationally. This in turn has led to a number of studies, publications and works including plays, academic articles, and poetry. Jennifer regularly works on various theatre projects both community and therapy based, from which new writing is also being developed, including a theory based book on the application of the methods in use. After a number of years teaching and lecturing in Theatre and drama Jennifer is now dedicating her time to writing (with the completion of a first novel planned for later this year) & directing theatre. She continues to teach through conducting workshops, training & various theatre projects when her schedule allows.