Academia

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In July 2013, I took over the convening of the MA in Writing for Performance & Dramaturgy at Goldsmiths for 18 months. I have also taught on the undergraduate dramaturgy modules for the Theatre & Performance Department.

The bulk of my work at Goldsmiths has been for Gerald Lidstone on the MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy as part of the Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE). I have taught new writing and London cultural policy in particular, overseen placements and marked a lot of essays and dissertations. The course has trebled in student numbers in the almost 20 years I’ve worked on it and mixes 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 also taught and directed undergraduates at UEA but the main part of my work there was on the MA in Scriptwriting. I’ve given some classes on pitching – chiefly I worked as External Assessor and enjoyed robust debates with my colleagues Val Taylor, (now retired), Steve Waters and Rob Ritchie.

I worked (2014-18) as External Examiner on the BA in Scriptwriting at the University of Northumbria.

I am currently Visiting Fellow at the Department of Film, Theatre and Television at the University of Reading (2017-20).

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