Joe Winston was for many years a primary school teacher and then a head teacher before joining the University of Warwick in 1991. Since then he has become recognized as a leading international figure and expert in the training of teachers in the use of drama and theatre for young children in early years settings and primary schools. He is now Professor of Drama and Arts Education and co-ordinator of the MA in Drama and Theatre Education.  From 2007 – 2012 he was also Director of Research Degrees in the Institute of Education. He is co-editor of Research in Drama Education: the Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, generally rated as the leading academic journal in its field. He is also author of many books, including ‘Beauty and Education’ (2010) and (with Miles Tandy) ‘Beginning Drama, 4 – 11’ (third edition published in 2009) and ‘Beginning Shakespeare 4-11’ (2012). His most recent book is on the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s education department and will be published by Bloomsbury Press in 2015 as part of the prestigious Arden Shakespeare series. He is well known nationally and internationally for his lively approach to in service work with teachers and actors and often works in Asia. In recent years he has worked with teachers, actors and academics in mainland China (at Beijing Normal University, Shanghai Theatre Academy, Nanjing Normal University and Shanghai Donghua University); in Hong Kong (at the Academy for Performing Arts); in Taiwan (at the National University of Tainan); in Thailand (for the Ministry of Education) and is regularly invited to act as overseas adjudicator for Singapore’s national Youth Theatre Festival.