“I couldn’t more strongly recommend welcoming Georgia into your creative team or highly endorse her work. No better balance between artistic integrity, strategic ability and passionate work ethic have I ever had the pleasure of working with.”
Rachel Clarke, Senior Opera Learning & Participation Manager, Royal Opera House
Dr Georgia Bowers (PhD, MA, BA (Hons)) is a leading creative ageing practitioner, academic and pro-ageing activist. Her experiences of working creatively with older people began in 2014, when as an Activities Coordinator for one of the UK's largest care home providers, she launched a resident led theatre company. Since then her work has been dedicated to exploring how theatre making with older adults can challenge ageism. Georgia's practice takes place in spaces such as care homes, hospitals, sheltered housing accommodation, day centres and via online video platforms. Both her research and creative ageing practice has been celebrated and shared throughout Europe and North America.
Georgia is a Lecturer and the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Applied and Contemporary Theatre at the Guildford School of Acting (University of Surrey). Previously she was an Associate Lecturer at the University of Chichester and University of Portsmouth. She serves as a trustee for London Bubble Theatre Company and is also the Focus Group Representative for Wellness, Community & Ageing at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (North America).
Georgia is a graduate of the University of Chichester (BA (Hons), Performing Arts and Music: First Class) and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (MA Applied Theatre: Drama in the Community and Drama Education). In 2023 she was awarded her PhD from the University of Portsmouth, where her research explored how applied theatre can challenge ageism and negotiate ageist induced shame by encouraging shame resilience.
Her artistic professional engagements include: Royal Opera House, Chichester Festival Theatre, Brighton People's Theatre, Spare Tyre, Young Carers: BUCKS, London Bubble, Hampstead Theatre, Almeida Theatre, Centre Point, Watford Palace Theatre and Theatre Royal Windsor.
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"Work with Georgia. Seriously, just do it.
Georgia is self-motivated, bright, clear-headed and dedicated to making a more just, accessible and art-filled world. I'm really thankful I have worked with her - at University of Chichester and as an independent producer - as she makes every project look effortless and great fun to be a part of."
Brian Lobel, Academic/Performance Artist
"Working with Georgia on the Together Project has been a great pleasure. Georgia is full of creative energy and ideas and has the generosity to share and develop ideas with her co-collaborators. She is adaptable and sensitive to the requirements of participants, staff and partners without compromising integrity.
Georgia rises to a challenge, her enthusiasm is infectious, and her support has been invaluable in developing successful and professional relationships"
Lisa Muten, Artist - Together Project , Spare Tyre
"Georgia is hard working, passionate about engaging creatively with communities and is committed to her practice and participants. Georgia is a facilitator who really listens to her participants and demonstrates a practice of co-creation and really does view any collective of people that she engages with as fellow artists. Not only did Georgia lead the artistic content for Bubble’s work with older adults but she also led the Youth Theatre, demonstrating her versatility as an artist facilitator. I would not hesitate to recommend her to any arts organisation"
Jonathan Petherbridge, Creative Director, London Bubble
"Georgia has worked with Young Carers Bucks to run two amazing drama projects for young carers. The workshops took the focus of increasing confidence and understanding emotions through drama. The kids fully embraced the activities that Georgia introduced and came back to each session eager for more. Georgia is fantastic at engaging groups of young people – she is warm, friendly and naturally draws the less confident children out of themselves to take part in activities they never would have dreamed they could have done. We can’t wait to work with Georgia again!"
Laura Troll, Young Carers in Secondary Schools Project Lead, Young Carers BUCKS
"Georgia has been involved as a facilitator on our dementia-friendly programme since 2018, initially leading sessions as part of our Creative Responses project for residents of care settings within the wider Chichester District. She has a warm and gentle approach to everyone she works with, and has been influential in the development of this area of our work. We are delighted to currently be working with Georgia as Lead Artist on our Artist in Care Homes pilot project, and are excited to see what her experience and specialist knowledge can bring to the participants and CFT alike"
Louise Rigglesford, Community Partnerships Manager, Chichester Festival Theatre
"Working with Georgia is an absolute pleasure. She is reliable, trustworthy and extremely creative. She is a team player, able to lead and work autonomously, whilst also asking for support when needed. She is excellent at building trust with a group and did this for Brighton People's Theatre at the height of the covid-19 pandemic, with a new group who she met and worked with initially over zoom and then face to face in a community centre. I would jump at the chance to work with Georgia again. She is incredibly professional and reflects on her practice to ensure she always produces her best work"
Naomi Alexander, Artistic Director, Brighton People's Theatre