Dr Jennifer S. Hartley
Writer, Director & Applied Theatre Practitioner
(Founder of Theatre Versus Oppression)
Dr Jennifer Hartley is an award winning director, writer and Applied Theatre Practitioner who has been recognised for her work nationally and internationally. After a number of directing theatre ventures in the UK and abroad Jennifer 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 Applied Theatre working extensively with various theories and methodology including 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 worldwide. This in turn has led to a number of studies, publications and works including plays, academic articles, and poetry. Jennifer regularly works on various Applied Theatre projects around the world, from which new writing is also being developed. Jennifer is the founder and director of the award winning charity Theatre versus Oppression (TVO) and co-founder and director of Multi Story Media. She has recently completed a 13 part documentary series about torture victims in South America using Applied Film and a docufilm set in Wales about human trafficking.