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Dr Bernie Byrnes

Senior Research Fellow

Bernie Byrnes


Bernie is an award winning playwright, director and dramaturg, as well as a published film and theatre critic. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Guild of Directors. Bernie gained her PhD in 2000 in English Literary Criticism and Psychodynamics, which continues to underpin her dramaturgical work. Bernie has worked with numerous highly repected companies including The Globe and the RSC. She has also worked in Singapore, Mumbai and the USA on projects that have attracted funding from the British Council, Arts Council England, the European Social Fund, Social Services, the Police, Youth Service, Barnardos, New Deal in the Community and the National Lottery.

Bernie's continuing interest in psychodynamics led to her post-doctoral research into Urban Playscapes, which looked at ways to encourage vulnerable communities to access the Arts to combat social exclusion. Bernie’s experience of working with ‘vulnerable’ community groups has given her a solid understanding of the factors surrounding social exclusion/inclusion. 

Teaching Responsibilities

Applied Theatre

Research Interests

PONToon (Partnership Opportunities using New Technologies to foster sOcial and eOconomic inclusioN) is an European Union Interreg VA funded project being run by the Enterprise and Innovation team, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Portsmouth. 

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