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Programme Director Acting and Performance


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We are looking for a Programme Director for our Acting and Performance Programme at Wimbledon College of Arts. The Programme was created in 2018 under the direction of Professor Adrian Kear, with a highly ambitious and creative academic vision aimed at re-imagining the teaching of Acting and Performance in an Art School context. With a full cohort of students now in place, the time is right for a dynamic practitioner-academic to lead an exciting and progressive programme team in the next phase of our development.

The role of Programme Director is key in shaping, leading and delivering the overall academic direction of their subject area. They have direct responsibility for the courses and staffing within their programme, as well as contributing to the wider academic strategy for the School and College. The Programme Director for Acting and Performance is responsible for the academic leadership and management of the programme and its courses, which currently comprises:

  • BA Acting and Performance
  • BA Contemporary Theatre and Performance
  • MA Performance: Politics and Philosophy (starting Sept 2022)
  • MA Performance: Theatre Making (starting Sept 2022)

You will oversee the day-to-day management of the Programme including learning, teaching and assessment, as well as resource management and staffing. You will bring a collegiate approach to leadership to enable and support Course Leaders to anticipate change and address current challenges, issues and debates surrounding social justice, climate emergency, decolonising the curriculum, and the post pandemic context.

Collaboration is key, and this role will work closely with the Professors of Theatre and Performance and the Programme Director for Performance Design and Technologies, to jointly develop the Performance provision at Wimbledon College of Arts.

Why choose us?

University of the Arts London is a vibrant world centre for innovation, drawing together six Colleges with international reputations in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts.

Wimbledon College of Arts and its two programmes of study (Acting & Performance and Performance Design & Technologies) provides a collaborative performance environment producing bold, innovative performers and experimental designers. We believe in a non-hierarchical, inclusive approach to performance making, that treats all the elements of Performance (acting, directing, writing, design, technologies) as equal partners. This provides the right environment to develop and equip talented pioneers in theatre and performance. Our ambition is to transcend these hierarchies and have created courses that embed an understanding of collaborative practice at all levels. Underpinning our approach is the ethos of the Arts School, encouraging students to question and develop a personal voice and individual practice.

The College is currently in a transformational stage following significant financial commitment from the University to upgrade the College into a world class site for performance makers. This includes updating the Theatre and creation of high-quality performance studios and technology enhance spaces, as well as remodelling to the front of the College. Theatre study has been at the heart of the College since the 1930s with established courses in Theatre Design running from the 1950s. The Theatre space was designed in 1963 as an 'adaptable' space with fly-tower for teaching and was modified further by the designer Richard Negri to provide an inclusive experience of actors, audience and technicians. Negri, who was also architect for Manchester Exchange Theatre firmly put the Theatre teaching programme on the map in his vision of the Theatre building enabling it to be at the modern forefront of theatre education during this period.

The School of Performance Arts and Foundation was created in 2017 and oversees the performance provision at Wimbledon and the pre-degree provision across Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges. Our Acting and Performance courses began in September 2019 and have quickly established themselves and have attracted good numbers of applicants.

UAL offers generous leave, an attractive pension and a commitment to your continuing personal development and training in an environment that encourages excellence, creativity and diversity. Relocation assistance is available.

Your profile

You will be an experienced educator and leader with a profile and proven track record relating to your practice, research or other scholarly or professional activity relating to acting and performance. You should have experience of managing and motivating teams and dealing with complex institutional and/or professional contexts, including issues of finance, HR and the implementation of academic and University policies and procedures. You are a strong and effective communicator who is collaborative and empathetic in the way you engage with others.

You will be able to demonstrate engagement with the post pandemic context and the social justice agenda, and their implications for the development, direction and priorities for the Programme and its courses.

If you have any queries, please contact Christine Crouch, Staffing Administrator at .

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Closing date: 30 September :55.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 13 October 2021.

UAL is committed to creating diverse and inclusive environments for all staff and students to work and learn - a university where we can be ourselves and reach our full potential. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and Staff Support Networks. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, including race, disability, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and caring responsibility.

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