Samuel is a PhD researcher at the University of Leeds School of Performance and Cultural Industries. His work focuses on the ways applied theatre practitioners and artists work alongside refugees, refugees seeking asylum, and forced migrants, asking questions about representation. He has worked closely with a developing partnership between the School of Education, a number of charities, and Faceless Arts - most recently as a project manager and researcher on LSSI funded project Migration and Settlement: Extending the Welcome. An article, by Samuel McKay and Jessica Bradley, detailing this partnership and its development of coproductive arts research methodologies will be published this August in a special edition of Arts and Communities in partnership with Amnesty International. Samuel is a community arts practitioner, theatre maker and producer, working with Chol Theatre in Huddersfield for a number of years, Front Room Productions in Leeds, and making his own work under the banner of Pockets Theatre.