Stacie is a Kent-based, Yorkshire-born dance artist, filmmaker and PhD researcher (De Montfort University) working across areas of performance, arts education and digital technology. She is an honorary senior research associate at the University of Kent, digital assistant at People United (Arts and Kindness Charity) and in 2019 she became a commissioned artist at Turner Contemporary and joined the board of trustees at the Jasmin Vardimon Education Company.
Stacie is currently working on her PhD study researching Digital Technology for Performing Arts Education.
The purpose of study is to evaluate the importance of digital creativity in the development of performing arts education as a tool for innovation and deeper exploration in relation to the national shortfall in digital performance capabilities of level 3 Performing Arts students.
With the last decades steady decline of student intake in arts, design and performance subjects in mind, along with the increasing accessibility of high performing and intelligent digital technologies, Stacie is exploring the possible benefits of a creative digital pedagogy for increasing engagement and skills development in performing arts education.
This study will focus on providing opportunities for students to engage creatively with digital technology – sometimes simply their personal devices – to stimulate the development of digital skills and facilitate the creation of innovative and relevant performance work to prepare them for new and emerging disciplines at HE level and the evolving digital landscape of the arts world.
Throughout her career Stacie has worked in a raft of creative roles developing a unique design aesthetic and cine-choreographic style that has been shaped by interesting collaborative partnerships and interdisciplinary projects. Stacie is particularly interested in movement on screen, how the camera can influence and interrogate the creative process and the role of digital technology in propelling dance and performance into curious spaces.
She has collaborated with dance artists, performers, directors and various arts organisations and corporate companies to develop film, photography and visual art work for live performance, performance documentation, installation and online platforms.
Stacie began dancing at the age of 3, initially training and competing in Freestyle Disco, Urban and Rock and Roll styles.
Her passion for dance led her to achieve a first class BA hons degree in Dance from the University of Chester in 2011.
She investigated other choreographic forms and artistic practices throughout her MFA in Choreography where she deepened her interest in installation and digital technology.
Since then she has focused primarily on developing her own choreographic style inspired by contemporary dance techniques, dance theatre, screendance forms and visual arts. She has produced screendance works for installations, created digital film with performance artists and performed in live shows and outdoor productions.