Ruth Basten is the PhD student linked to the project. Ruth is an English and Drama graduate and she also has an MA in Theatre Studies. She worked for many years in stage management in a number of different theatres and, for a time, as an Assistant and then Deputy Stage Manager at the New Victoria Theatre. She was appointed as Production Manager for The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and subsequently became a senior lecturer there, developing and running the performance and production technology courses. Ruth has very recently gained another Masters qualification – this time in Counselling Psychology.