Education and community c.v.

Ruth Paton

Assistant to Alison Chitty 1999-2003
Motley Theatre Design Course 1998-99

RADA Design Summer School 1997

NSDF 1997 (Design Award Winner)

Hull University Drama Department (BA HONS Drama) 1994-97

EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY PROJECTS
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE 2012-

Trailblazer CPD for Primary School teachers
Thurrock Trailblazer is an innovative programme of high quality arts and cultural activities and specialist teacher training, that boosts creative learning in schools and accelerates pupils’ development. 2015-16

Fused 15- A festival of choruses and costume with ROH Thurrock
Co-curator of the festival including workshops with school children and members of the community

Royal Opera House Design Competition
Design Challenge Judge (2014-15) and responsible for developing and expanding the programme content including consultation with education specialists and teachers. 2015-17

Family Days and Welcome Performances
Facilitator of design tasks for all ages 2015-16

Inspirations Days
Tutor for intensive set design workshops at the ROH Production Park 2013-2017

All Together Opera
Designer for a participatory project with Westminster elders 2012

Ongoing relationships with the ROH Thurrock Community Chorus and the ROH Youth Opera Group.

ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA BAYLIS 2005-

Designer/facilitator
Lead Artist working with young people from the Sorrell Foundation’s National Art and Design Saturday Club at Cranford Community College in a design project responding to ENO’s new production of The Winter’s Tale. 2017

Lead Artist working with young people from the Sorrell Foundation’s National Art and Design Saturday Club at London Met University in a design project responding to Akhnaten. 2016

Family days practitioner and foyer installation designer 05-09
Development, planning and trial of a unit for the new Creative and Media Diploma. 2007

Designer for the Youth Opera group 2007
3 month residency in a WC1 SEN School 2005

ENGLISH TOURING OPERA 2006-
Designer for 10 highly interactive, multi-sensory operas for children with profound learning difficulties and special needs touring to schools throughout the country and in annual residence at the Philharmonie Luxembourg.

GARSINGTON OPERA
Designer/faciliator
One week residency: Creation Project at Cressex School 2016
One week residency: L’Olimpiade Project at Icknield School 2015
One week residency: Vixen Project at Manderville School 2014

OPERA NORTH 2008-13
Designer/facilitator
10 week Verve Music Theatre Project for teenagers with Aspergers 2012, 2010
Co-leader on Ambassadors teacher training programmes 2008, 2009, 2011
Opus Youth Opera devised performance 2013

SPITALFIELDS FESTIVAL

One of 3 facilitators working with a Year 3 class in a Tower Hamlets Primary school to co-create a Take Over Festival. 2014

STANLEY HALL OPERA 2003 – 14
Director of the education programme for Stanley Hall Opera, introducing 450 primary school children to opera every year.

BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE
Curator
Family friendly exhibition ‘Young At Heart’ about children’s creative contributions to BAC’s programme over the years. 2015

Creation of a series of heritage workshops for pre-school children and their families. 2010

Artist/facilitator
Wirewood- a wire forest co-created with a Lambeth Primary School. 2012

Dreaming of Snow- a whole room installation made with primary school children. 2009

Three foyer installations created with 9 Primary Schools as part of the SPARK programme 2008-2011

PUNCHDRUNK
Lead Artist creating a one room installation with a group of 6th formers as part of The Masque of the Red Death. 2008

GLYNDEBOURNE FESTIVAL OPERA 2003

Artist/facilitator co-devising and opera in a day centre for adults with special needs.

OXFORD SCHOOL OF DRAMA
Lead Artist/curator A Journey Taken- an installation designed and curated with the students at the Redchurch Street Galleries in Shoreditch. 2012

HACKNEY MUSIC DEVELOPMENT TRUST 2004-2006
Lead artist, Facilitator and curator for Hear Our Voice, a 4 month project to accompany a new Jonathan Dove oratorio of the same name remembering the child victims of the Holocaust. Sculpture and drawings were created in 4 Hackney schools and then exhibited in London, Prague and Nuremburg Jewish Museums along side parallel work from those cities. 2006

TEACHING
Visiting Theatre Design tutor for Durham University, Northbrook School of Art and Wimbledon School of Art