"Victoria has given me the most sensitive and meticulous external response to my work that I have ever received"
Maj Britt Jensen – Independent artist & PhD candidate (The University of British Columbia)

Mentoring

I am an experienced mentor, and have, for over a decade, facilitated one-to-one mentoring to artists, practice-led researchers and students working within the contexts of performance art, dance, theatre, fine art, and writing.

Drawing on my lived experience of being late-diagnosed autistic, and combined with professional training, I am experienced in and particularly welcome mentoring neurodiverse artists.

By identifying a clear project or set of aims, mentoring supports a range of activities, for example:

  • developing artistic projects
  • devising and making
  • critical reflection
  • dramaturgy / rehearsal direction
  • funding applications
  • applications to higher education (MA / PhD progression)
  • dissertation supervision
  • editorial feedback on writing and research
  • relevant pastoral support

Mentoring can been conducted at a distance using online platforms such as Skype, and/or in person. Dialogues can be short-term (over a period of weeks/months), or long-term (over a period of several months /years).

I have expertise in and am open to mentoring within the following fields:

  • affect theory
  • process philosophy
  • somatics
  • nonconscious experience
  • autistic perception
  • kinaesthesia
  • synaesthesia
  • sensory writing
  • anomalous experience
  • deja vu
  • premonitory dreams / sensing
  • spirituality & performance
  • healing & performance
  • transgenerational haunting
  • sensory trauma
  • autonomic nervous system
  • embryological consciousness

Current mentoring relationships include Roberta Jean Ferguson exploring psychedelics, mental health and dance, Alicia Radage exploring journeying, shamanism, queer ecology and re-wilding, Ro Hardaker on embodiment, violence and staging violence in/as performance, and Selina Bonelli exploring somatic hauntology, synaesthesia and Pure Data.

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Testimonials

"Working with Victoria was incredibly rewarding and enriching for my practice. Her mentorship provided me with a deep contextual knowledge to help me support the work I’ve been making and our conversations provided me with a wealth of information and references. Our correspondence was easy, enriching and often theoretical but never overwhelming.

Victoria’s communication was kind, clear and incredibly generous allowing me to easily work with her. My practice has moved forward immensely since being mentored by Victoria, with her help I’ve been able find the confidence to make brave decisions in my work and pivot my practice in interesting ways.”

Ro Hardaker - Artist (UK) [2021]

Victoria has been an interlocutor to me over the past few years, informally advising and supporting my development. I highly recommend her as a mentor to any artist with a body based practice for her deep awareness of the subtleties and complexities regarding quiet interior somatic work that is often difficult to verbalize, quantify and decipher. "

Hollie Miller - Artist (UK) [2021]

“In 2013, I was beginning my path as both a performance artist and academic, trying to navigate the complexities of both of these fields. As a mentor, Victoria is someone who understands the theoretical intricacies of movement studies, while engaging with practice on her own terms. She has continuously supported and guided my professional work and personal growth with generosity, clarity, and sincerity. Her involvement in my development has had undeniable impacts on my approach to both performance and writing.”

Didier Morelli – Independent artist & PhD candidate (Northwestern University, Chicago, USA) [2018]

“Working with Victoria has enriched my practice. Professionally, working with Victoria is a clear, organised and considerate process, one that I hope continues into new projects.”

Sam Williams – Independent artist (London, UK) [2019]

“I'd like to take this time to say a massive thank you for your support, advice and influence over the last year. Without your guidance I would have struggled, and your insight has helped me to nurture my performance practice and my line of research.”

Carla May Morrill – MA Performance student (Leeds Beckett University, UK) [2018]

“Through carefully engaging with my work, she was able to offer multidisciplinary recommendations and mentoring advice that I revisit to this day. No other mentor has taken the time to nurture my practice in this way, balancing thoughts and feelings with intellectual exchange. Victoria has also assisted in my successful PhD application, giving a thorough reference, and precise and encouraging feedback.”

Maj Britt Jensen – Independent artist & PhD candidate (The University of British Columbia, Canada) [2016]

To contact me about mentoring please email me