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Lecturer / Practitioner in Drama & Performance - Touring Theatre & Professional Practice (maternity cover)

We are seeking to appoint a temporary lecturer from a background of professional theatre to contribute to the department from September/October 2017 to end of July 2018, as maternity cover.

We are looking for some-one to make a significant contribution to our new 4 year course – an Integrated Masters in Touring Theatre – as well as the BA Drama & Performance. In particular we are looking for candidates with direct experience in aspects of the following: touring, tour booking, programming, producing, writing funding applications and other funding activities, theatre administration and marketing. Candidates who can also contribute to creative practice, especially in terms of mentoring the development of work for Edinburgh Fringe Festival and/or socially engaged performance would be especially welcome. 

Drama & Performance at Worcester has a strong student focus and its ethos is founded upon the teaching of theory through practice and the application of learning through practice. We have strong and continually developing professional links and a long- established tradition of embedding student employability within teaching and learning.

Closing date: Monday 28 Aug 2017

Reference number: IHCA1702 -3367

Job details

Job details

Salary
AC2 £32,547 - £36,613
Hours
0.4 FTE
Start
September 2017
Duration
Fixed term contract (Maternity cover) until 31/07/2018
Responsible to
Head of Theatre & Film
Responsible for
N/A
Interview date
To be confirmed

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Background

Background

Drama & Performance at Worcester is a longstanding and continuously popular area of academic provision, led by the Department of Theatre & Film in the Institute of Creative Arts. The Department’s portfolio of undergraduate courses comprises Drama & Performance, Film Studies, Film Production, Animation and Screenwriting. The new 4 year Integrated Masters in Touring Theatre is a unique new development, which started in September 2016. The MTheatre Touring Theatre course combines teaching of the practical and theoretical skills and knowledge needed to creating high quality original performance, with the technical, organisational and business skills required to set up as an independent theatre company or solo practitioner. Last year the first production that arose from the course was accepted into the prestigious National Student Drama Festival (Hull, April 2017). 

Specialist teaching resources available to Drama, Performance & Film include two drama studios with up to date intelligent lighting, and sound and video facilities. In addition, certain specific drama modules are programmed at the dance studio at Riverside, the Studio at The Hive, and have use of the MAC and PC computer studios, digital editing suites, sound studio and a video studio that is linked to the drama studio. The department also has a touring rig of lights, sound etc and several productions go out on tour to local and regional venues. One of the MTheatre Touring Theatre productions will go to Edinburgh Festival in summer 2018. 

There is an established culture of performance and practice-led and academic research in the department, as well as thriving links with relevant professional organisations and individuals.

Main duties

Main duties

1. To produce high quality and inspirational teaching in various aspects of touring theatre – performance practice, administration, production, programming, tour booking, funding applications, marketing and audience development etc. 

2. To contribute to teaching and curriculum and other developments in Drama & Performance designed to grow the national and international reputation and standing of the course and support student recruitment. 

3. To offer personal and academic tutoring which will involve supporting specific tutees through group and one-to-one tutor meetings throughout the year. 

4. To complete administrative duties for the Department and Institute, as required by the line manager, including attendance at Subject, Divisional, Institute and University committees and meetings. 

5. To participate in learning and teaching developments and income-generating activities as appropriate and agreed by the line manager. 

6. To complete activities associated with an academic post, including preparation of teaching and support materials, student tutorials, marking, attendance at committees and meetings, staff development, interviewing, open days and schools visits, international activities, widening participation and outreach activities, and day and summer schools, as appropriate and agreed with the line manager. 

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training. 

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students. 

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria: 

1. Significant recent experience of professional touring theatre as a performer, director, producer, programmer or theatre/venue manager. 

2. Experience of delivering high-quality, inspirational theatre-related activities with young people. 

3. Experience of creating theatre/performance either for festival contexts (e.g. Edinburgh) or aimed at ‘hard-to-reach’ communities or audiences. 

4. Experience of collaborating with external venues and communities/partner organisations on performance based projects. 

5. Experience of arts administration e.g. marketing, programming, tour booking, fundraising etc.

6. A first degree, or equivalent, in drama or theatre (or closely related subject). 

7. Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team. 

Desirable Criteria: 

1. Experience of teaching drama and performance at HE level in a University. 

2. Evidence of engagement with higher degree study or continuing professional practice in the area of drama/performance. 

Applications from Non EEA Workers:

Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction. 

Prospective applicants in points-based system immigration routes should assess their circumstances against the published criteria, which are set out on the GOV.UK website at www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration.  

Visit www.naric.org.uk/visasandnationality for more information on how you can use a qualification from outside the UK to meet the requirements of the immigration rules. 

Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs

The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background. 

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment. 

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

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