In July 2013, I took over the convening of the MA in Writing for Performance & Dramaturgy at Goldsmiths for 18 months. My work in Higher Education has mainly been at Goldsmiths and UEA.
Ive worked with students on the playwriting and directing courses at Goldsmiths, but the bulk of my work has been for Gerald Lidstone on the MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy. Ive taught new writing and London cultural policy in particular, overseen placements and marked a lot of essays and dissertations. The course has doubled in student numbers in the ten years Ive worked on it and mixes 50/50 UK and foreign students with a strong South East Asian component. I enjoy the variety of art forms and cultural and political contexts covered by students in their dissertation choices. I have also gone on to work with at least 4 graduates on different projects.
I also run seminars on how to write MA dissertations, where I use my dramaturgical toolbox with all the students in the room to work through their questions, challenges and blockages. I try to unlock these by tapping them into their areas of creativity, familiarity and passion – but with a detailed structural and conceptual underpinning.
I have taught and directed undergraduates at UEA but the main part of my work has been on the MA in Scriptwriting. Ive given some classes on pitching – chiefly I work as External Assessor and enjoy robust debates with my colleagues Val Taylor, (now retired) Steve Waters and Rob Ritchie.