Kelly Hunter MBE

Kelly Hunter MBEKelly is the Artistic Director of Flute Theatre, for whom she has created Hamlet, Twelfth Night, The Tempest for children with autism, A Midsummer Nights Dream for young people with autism and their families and Pericles for people with autism. Flute’s productions tour internationally and Kelly travels with the shows, additionally giving lectures and seminars about her pioneering work. She is the creator of The Hunter Heartbeat Method, a series of sensory drama games for young people with autism and their families. This methodology was the basis of a longitudinal study at Ohio State University 2011-2015 and is currently being researched by Professor Antonia Hamilton at the neuroscience lab at University College London.

Kelly is an award winning actor, she has performed with the RSC, Royal National Theatre, English Touring Theatre and Vesturport, Iceland.

She is the author of two books, Shakespeare’s Heartbeat, drama games for children with autism published by Routledge and Cracking Shakespeare; A hands-on guide for actors and directors published by Bloomsbury.

She was awarded the MBE for her services to theatre in Summer 2019.

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