Current Roles & Projects
A member of the Arts & Creative Industries team at the University of Sunderland since February 2015, Jay teaches at BA & MA level in audio drama, radio production, live radio, social media & employability skills.
Jay presents & produces two weekly live radio programmes on Spark, a community radio station in Sunderland. ArtyParti, a weekly discussion with artistic practitioners in the North East; and Telling Tales, showcasing & discussing audio dramas & documentaries by audio producers in Sunderland.
“I think the best thing about ArtyParti is how inclusive it is. Whether you’re a struggling student or company director, I honestly believe that people are made to feel equally important in the drive to promote local arts and culture.” – Kathryn Barnett, Fine Artist
The collaborative audio drama Mackem Craic saw Jay working in partnership with Sunderland-based writer James Whitman & Theatre Space North East’s Artistic Director Corinne Kilvington. We ran a series of workshops with various schools & community groups, and created this 45-minute audio drama pilot. Mackem Craic was funded by the Cultural Spring & the #Fourteen Fund.
“It feels like something that knows it’s good, and didn’t want to reveal its hand too early.” – Dane Wilkinson, emerging audio producer
“A highly encouraging insight into the creative industries. 99% Perspiration has a brilliant structure with a variety of voices from all walks of the creative world. It has become my weekly remedy for the mid-week slump. This podcast inspires, informs and innovates and I highly recommend it for amateur and experienced creatives alike.”
– Matthew Winter Watson, Writer
Awards & Recognition
Arts & Creative Radio of the Year
ArtyParti – Gold winner, Community Radio Awards 2016
Best Student Drama Program
SeaBurn – Gold winner, New York Radio Awards 2015
Best Speech Programming
SeaBurn – Bronze winner, Student Radio Awards 2015
Best Drama Producer
SeaBurn – Nominee, Radio Production Awards 2015