Georgia Bowers

Dr Georgia Bowers

Lecturer & Course Leader Applied and Contemporary Theatre (GSA)
PhD, MA, BA (hons)


Dr Georgia Bowers is an applied theatre practitioner, theatre maker, producer and educator. Her professional engagements include the 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. 

Georgia's applied theatre practice and research examines how theatre with older adults can be used as a tool to combat ageism, negotiate ageist induced shame and encourage shame resilience. Her artistic work occurs in care homes, day centres, sheltered housing accomidation, hospitals and via online video platforms. Her practice and research has been shared throughout North America and Europe. 

Georgia is a graduate of the University of Chichester (BA Hons, Performing Arts and Music) and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (MA Applied Theatre: Drama in the Community and Drama Education). Georgia completed her PhD at the University of Portsmouth, where her research examined how applied theatre can challenge ageism and decrease ageist induced shame, by stimulating shame resilience through what she coined as Pro-Ageing Praxis.

Before joining the Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey, Georgia taught at the University of Chichester and the University of Portsmouth. She currently serves as a member of the Portsmouth Dementia Action Alliance and is a trustee of London Bubble Theatre Company. Georgia is also the Focus Group Representative for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education: Wellness, Community and Ageing Focus Group (North America). 

University roles and responsibilities

  • Course Leader: Applied and Contemporary Theatre


    Research interests



    “How COVID-19 & UK Government Policy Shaped the New World of Applied Theatre in British Care Homes”, Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 2022,

    “Applied Theatre: Creative Ageingin Youth Theatre Journal Volume 34, 2021 - Issue 2: Intergenerational Performance.


    “Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz: Reflections on being a care worker from the car park”, Care Talk , 2021., 


    Georgia Grace Bowers (2021)Applied Theatre: Creative Ageing, In: Youth Theatre Journal34(2)pp. 172-173 Routledge

    In “Applied Theatre: Creative Ageing”, Sheila McCormick offers insight into the complex terrain of an aging society and how applied theatre can be used to highlight, express and examine the needs and issues surrounding older participants. As adults across the world live longer, the developing field of artistic engagement with participants aged 65 plus is fast growing, making McCormick’s book a particularly important contribution to this developing area of theatrical practice.

    Georgia Grace Bowers (2022)How COVID-19 & UK government policy shaped the new world of applied theatre in British care homes, In: Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance27(3)pp. 322-325 Routledge

    This article provides an insight into the relationship between applied theatre, COVID-19, and UK Government policy in British care homes. This reflection draws upon the experiences of an applied theatre practitioner, who worked in a care home during the height of COVID-19 in 2020. The author shares the impact of COVID-19 government policy, her applied theatre practice, and the implications of this for the practitioner, residents, and staff. The text offers a grounded perspective on the relationship between policy and practice, indicating how uncharted policy terrain can shape a new world of applied theatre in care home contexts.