Shona Erskine

As a Psychologist and coach I am dedicated to understanding the complexity inherent in creativity and innovation, and the challenges of expertise and elite performance. I coach senior leaders in the skills of creative leadership, and design workshops on the neuroscience of creative practice, spanning corporate, not-for-profit and creative sectors. In addition, I run facilitation and conversation processes that attend to complexity and perspective. I deliver psychology for performing and visual artists, as well as production and crew, through professional companies, universities, and in private practice. I have developed curriculum in areas of performance and wellbeing for performing artist, teachers, and directors using best practice models. As an Artist My current arts practice is a unique mix of contemporary dance and psychology. I have a strong contemporary dance background as a performer spanning 20 years. As a performer I engaged through a rigorous process of investigation, experimentation, and deep consideration. For me, the craft of performing is to open up the imagination and offer an extraordinary way of experiencing the world. During my performing years I extended my practice through qualifications and registration as a psychologist. I now work with artists to enhance their practices by developing creative thinking and performance skills. With two established and commanding influences my emerging practice is an investigation of and dedication to human experience through story. Both my practices have greatly informed each other and continue to define my artistic sensibility. Bringing together distinct disciplines creates a dialogue that informs and pushes the development of my work. I make socially relevant performance work that explores the nexus between dance and psychology – works that delve into the complex play of human experience and interaction in social contexts. I am interested in social narrative, how it is constructed and how as art makers we can influence the narrative.

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