Jon Croose: Biog
Jon received an MA in Cultural Performance from Bristol University in 2004 in association with Welfare State International, combining creative practice-as-research with study of the ecologies of place-specific performances and the techniques of participatory community arts practice.
Since the MA, Jon has been working as a community artist in the South West, facilitating creative responses to landscape and heritage within rural communities and leading projects which encourage creative participation by people of all ages and backgrounds, often linked to a calendar of festivity.
Much of Jon’s work involves the use of arts practice to draw out or re-imagine community histories or locations through site-specific festival or the creation of contemporary cultural performance. He is also a street performer, writer and stage manager of the Blazing Saddle dance and fire stage at Glastonbury Festival.
Jon began his PhD study in 2010 after a period of creative work in the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site which included the recent touring theatre piece Smuggler’s Gold, which was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the East Devon AONB Making It Local scheme.