Caz Westwater, also known as 'Carrie' is an artist with an academic agenda. With a twenty year career in theatre, film and participatory arts she uses site reflective theatre and immersive methods to engage audiences in liminal spaces and transformative narratives.
CREATIVE CONNECTIVITY, PARTICIPATION & MY WORK
Involved in arts project evaluation, research and consultancy Caz draws on twenty years experience as a site responsive performance artist, creative professional, writer and academic. She is interested in commissions that will inform social justice, deep democracy and increase value in participatory creative industries.
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Caz is a maker of theatre, film and creative site responsive storytelling, using multi-platform methods. Since moving to South Wales in 2013 to complete her PhD (successfully awarded) in arts and heritage participation she has been working on various projects with a variety of local companies: National Museum Wales (Museum Lates: SPACE), Creative Cardiff (Festival of Voice), Cardiff University (Wales for Peace; The Voices Project), tactileBosch (Garden of Earthly Delights, 2016; Lost Vegas Hotel 2017; Basement Borsht, 2018; Jubilee, 2018), Republic of the Imagination (Gravida, 2018); Women Representing Women, 2018), Magpies Immersive Events (Midsummer Nights Dream, 2018; Hub Festival Cabaret Caravan, 2018).
Her work predominantly has a human rights participatory or interactive focus. She uses participatory approaches in how she positions the audience, facilitates community arts and curates events that highlight matters around equality and diversity. At the beginning of her career she adapted Classic, Central and East European texts for performance in contemporary multicultural Britain.
Continuing in this manner she has directed several plays (in translation) and worked for the Scottish Refugee Council on a number of performance projects highlighting the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees (Antigone in New York ( 2008), The Inquisitor ( 2009), The Umbilical Cord ( 2010) and A View from Here ( 2013). Her other intercultural work can be found in her being commissioned by University of Glasgow to create a performance based interactive training session based on Shaun Tan's The Arrival that addressed power dynamics in translator settings and co-creating the CurioUS learning programme with Glasgow Museums.
Carrie graduated drama school in 2001 before completing an MA Honours in Comparative Literature and Slavonic Studies; an MLITT in Film Journalism and as discussed, a Doctorate (PhD) in the practical application of arts and heritage participatory methods based in theatre for greater transparency and socially just co-creation/ curation.
She currently holds a lectureship at Cardiff University in the school of Journalism, Media and Culture. In this role, she leads on Creative and Cultural Industries modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
To date, she has conducted arts based research for Creative Cardiff, National Museum Wales, Booktrust Cymru, Cardiff University and
with Glasgow Museums and is part of the Clwstwr Cohort 2020.
Do you have questions about any of my work? Would you like to collaborate together on a project? Please feel free to get in touch with me today.
Cardiff, South Wales