Elen Mai Nefydd

Job Role
Head of Welsh Medium Development


Elen Mai graduated with a B.A (Hons) and a Distinction in Master of Arts at the Department of Drama at Aberystwyth University. Before joining Glyndŵr University she was a professional actress and television presenter. She has been educational co-ordinator at Theatr Clwyd, running drama workshops for the main house productions at Theatr Clwyd.

Elen Mai is a Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Associate Lecturer and a Quality Assurance Agency assessor for Wales.

Elen Mai is passionate about the Welsh language - a fluent Welsh speaker and a Welsh Language Champion for the University. She is  the official Orator for the University.

Recently awarded the Colleague of the year award and the Vice Chancellor’ s award for her contribution to the Welsh language at the University’s staff Above and Beyond Awards in 2020. Awarded best Lecturer Award at the Student’s Union Awards in 2018.

Elen Mai contributes regularly to the Welsh media on television and BBC Radio Cymru and to Welsh cultural magazines such as ‘Golwg’ and ‘Barn’.

In her spare time she loves running, the odd glass of wine, attending live shows and listening to music such as The Verve and The Stone Roses. On the weekends she loves spending time with the family and is a mum to Gwen and William Idris.


BA (Hons) (Drama), Aberystwyth University,

MA (Drama and Theatre Studies) Aberystwyth University

PGCE (University of Newport)


Elen Mai’s research interests lie in community and applied drama – She is passionate about the arts being a didactic and transformative vehicle of change in society and how theatre can provide so much more than entertainment in a world which is challenged daily. She is  particularly interested in the role of the corporate drama actor.


B.A. (Hons) Theatre, Television and Performance and Performing Arts


Elen Mai has directed numerous mainstream productions on the degree to large audiences.

Productions directed by Elen Mai are as follows:

‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell, ‘A Little Shop of Horrors the musical’. ‘Grease – the musical’, ‘Under Milk Wood’ by Dylan Thomas, ‘An Adaptation of A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens, ‘Oh What a lovely War!’ Joan Littlewood