As course leader and principal lecturer, am responsible for the successful managing of the course of 220+ students and 8 staff, across 3 levels. The role requires that I develop curriculum and a diverse range of projects, managing student recruitment, expectation and achievement in a changing HE environment. Prior to my academic career I worked as a professional theatre designer (from 1988), designing for many national theatres including The Riverside Studios, Watford Palace, Theatr Clwyd, The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, Perth Theatre, The Gate, The Man in the Moon and The Bridewell to name just a few. Since 2006, I have designed over 7 productions within the AUB and produced numerous short film projects.
Recently, I have been working to focus student employability, by engaging with many external work providers. Students also enjoy a wealth of work placements (over 100 placements in 2014) whilst on the course – due in some part to the active endeavour of the course team and myself to encourage an active discourse with industry.
The course has strong links with leading theatres in the UK: NT, RSC, Glyndebourne, Theatre Royal, Winchester, Bury St Edmunds, Oxford Playhouse, The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset Corset and Forest Forge as well as numerous West End Theatres. We also have present students and many graduates working on feature films throughout the UK and the world.
I have focused more work this year on further developing these links, a fact which has provided a 90%+ graduate job statistic in the DHLE survey. Also dozens of effective work placements are enjoyed by our undergraduates. I have worked with the team to develop a ‘doing it for real’ experiential model of learning and teaching with most of my level 6 students completing live projects for their third year projects.
- Committee member The Associated Courses of Theatre Design (ACTD) (2013–Present)
- Chair of The Associated Courses of Theatre Design (ACTD) (2011–2013)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) (2010–Present)
- Full member of the Society of British Theatre Designers (SBTD) (2009–Present)
Research into effective teaching methodologies for designers has been my primary focus in recent years. This work formed the body of my PGCE thesis on the idea of developing ‘Designer thinking’ amongst student scenographers.
Drawing as practice is an additional research theme that I am developing. In March 2016 I curated the Drawing Theatre: Pamela Howard installation which was the culmination of a very productive creative collaboration between Visiting Professor Pamela Howard OBE and the BA Costume and Performance Design course team and students. Pamela’s belief and passion for ‘the scenographic costume’ has led and influenced the specific and unique culture of the course. I have edited and contributed to a publication to accompany the event. This followed a collaborative exhibition (between BA Costume and Performance design, BA Fashion and BA Textiles), entitled A Stitch in Line in November 2015, that examined stitch as a medium for creating art. This exhibition was sited within TheGallery at AUB.
I have recently been commissioned to write a book entitled, The Costume Supervisor’s Toolkit: Supervising Theatre Costume Production from First Meeting to Final Performance. This work has been the focus of an AUB research fellowship that I have been awarded by AUB in 2016.
Drawing Theatre: Pamela Howard Published 2016 (Editor) By text + work, TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth. ISBN: 978-0-901196-72-9
Blue Pages: Journal for The Society of British Theatre Designers 2013 (Summer edition) ‘Exploitation or Opportunity? : the ethics of Higher Education Institutions promoting student/graduate volunteers’.
The ‘Backstory’ case studies MoDIP website http://www.modip.ac.uk/resources/teaching/backstory-workshops
Computer modelling of Theatrical sets. EG UK Theory and Practice of Computer Graphics (2010) Theatre and Performance Research Association Conference (September 2010) (Scenography Working Group): Computer Modelling in the Set Design Workflow Rebecca Pride, Will Hargreaves and Ian Stephenson Arts University College, Bournemouth, UK National Centre for Computer Animation, Bournemouth University, UK.
I have also designed and produced a variety of projects recently including:
2015 Storytelling from and Original Point of View: Producer
2014 The Women: Costume designer
2014 La Passarella film project: Producer
2013 Reverie film project: Producer
2012 Vampyr film project: Producer
2011 Moulin Rouge film project: Producer
2010 The First Arabian Night: Set designer
2010 The Ballroom of Illusion film project: Producer