Andy is 55. Training as an actor at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, he holds a Master’s Degree in Interpreting, British Sign Language/English (Distinction) from the Centre for Translation Studies, School of Modern Languages & Cultures, University of Leeds. His research interests are practitioner focussed. He has mounted a student production of Hamlyn by Juan Mayorga (trans. David Johnston) at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, and is currently working for the Graeae Theatre Company, in partnership with Dundee Repertory and Derby Playhouse, as rehearsal interpreter/researcher on a joint production of Lorca’s Blood Wedding, a new contemporary adaptation by the Belfast born writer, David Ireland. Applying and utilising Grounded Theory techniques to both these bodies of creative theatre making and ethnographic studies, his resulting thesis aims to provide a practical framework for effective professional practice and minority linguistic community engagement.