Emma Thayer

​Position:Lecturer of Drama
​School:​Cardiff School of Education
​E- mail:ethayer@cardiffmet.ac.uk
​Telephone:​029 2020 5979
​Room No:​B118



Research Interests:
• Active, ensemble approaches to Shakespeare in education
• Nurturing collaboration and ensemble principles in HE
• Drama pedagogy and praxis within an educational context


Emma began her career as a Secondary and FE (Further Education) Drama teacher whilst simultaneously performing and directing in semi-professional productions in Cardiff. She trained with the Royal Shakespeare Company in partnership with Warwick University for three years as part of their Learning Performance Network, subsequently gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in The Teaching of Shakespeare. Through this experience and training, she developed a passion for Drama as a vehicle for community cohesion. She designed and facilitated two large-scale Shakespeare projects – 'Regional School's Festival' production of The Merchant of Venice (2012) and 'Shakespeare on Film' (2013). Both aforementioned projects met a community agenda but were also nationally recognised – the BBC gave media coverage to both events and the 'Regional School's Festival' took place as part of the 'World Shakespeare Festival' in conjunction with 'The Cultural Olympiad', 2012.

She was taken on as lecturer of Drama at Cardiff Metropolitan University in September, 2013 and has since been engaged in further research projects that both inform and augment her teaching and also contribute to the completion of her MA Ed.

Further Information

Current teaching:
Lecturer on the Education and Drama and English and Drama Programmes.

Postgraduate research:
Teaching Shakespeare – Active and Ensemble Approaches in Secondary Education.
Use of formative assessment methods in a Higher Education Drama context.
The use of group work to support learning in a Higher Education Drama context.