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Nicolas WhybrowNicolas WhybrowTOP STORY: Professor Nicolas Whybrow is Retiring

Professor Nicolas Whybrow is retiring early at the end of October 2020 owing to recent ill health. He is a long-time member of Theatre and Performance Studies at Warwick, joining in February 2004. A former Head of School (2014-2017), Nicolas taught across a range of modules, most notably Performance and the Contemporary City and Live Art and Performance. In 2010 he won the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence.

Nicolas played a leading role in the University’s research culture, being appointed as thematic lead for two of its GRPs, Sustainable Cities and Connecting Cultures. In 2017-2020 he was the PI on a 3-year AHRC-funded practice-as-research project entitled Sensing the City, which culminated in a multi-medial exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry and an edited book, Urban Sensographies (2021). Meanwhile, his book Contemporary Art Biennials in Europe: the Work of Art in the Complex City appeared in 2020.


Further details about Nicolas are available on his staff profile on the Theatre and Performance Studies website. Happily, he retains his connection to the University as Emeritus Professor.

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Alison Porter Receives Support from the Space Theatre, Docklands

Last month doctoral candidate Alison Porter made an appearance as a panellist on The Space Theatre Docklands 'Live at 5' 50th broadcast on Facebook.
The Space is small theatre in Docklands which champions new writing (patron Sir Ian McKellen). They've been running a crowd funding campaign with a target of £15k as part of #saveourtheatres. Last month they met the target and Alison appeared on a panel with a group of playwrights and actors who will be sponsored by the campaign funds to talk about their work. As Adam Hemming (Artistic Director) says in the interview, Alison has been working with the Space for a while both as a playwright and also as a reader of play submissions, so it's great that she is able to be involved with them again. Her support package will involve receiving dramaturgical advice and guidance from their literary manager, Mike Carter, as she develops Land of Eagles - a set of verbatim monologues about Human Trafficking from Albania
Find out more about Space and their work on Facebook and on their website:
Mon 09 Nov 2020, 12:41 | Tags: Research Postgraduate Industry Funding

The Young Producers, run by China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre

Young Producers is a programme that has brought a group of 16-21 year olds together in an opportunity to not only learn the art of producing, but to work together and create a festival. Three students from your Theatre Department at Warwick University are actually part of this programme and would love for you to share it with your students.

Due to Covid-19, our initial idea had to be rethought. We are now putting on RECLAIMED - a three day digital arts festival by, with and for young people, to showcase three different art forms, Dance, Poetry, and Theatre.

For our theatre showcase, we are looking for 16-21 year old artists that already have created theatre, but haven’t had a chance to share it. The pieces can be between 2 and 15 minutes long. After watching all the pieces sent to us, the young artists who are chosen will have the opportunity to show their work as a part of our festival, be in with the chance of winning a £50 gift voucher (audience vote), have it introduced by an industry professional and speak to that professional in an exclusive online Q&A. We were wondering if you might know anyone who would be interested in this opportunity. This email is a call out for theatre submissions but feel free to browse our website for information on the poetry and dance submissions.

Further info can be accessed on our website and social media pages (https://bit.ly/YPReclaimed).

Deadline to send your application form (https://form.jotform.com/201383336001037) and submit your theatre video is 11:59pm Friday 5 June.


Dr Chris Bilton from the Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies shares industry thoughts on the current pandemic

Listen to Dr Bilton's podcast here where he discusses new forms of collaboration, the rush to digital and the threat to artists. Take a look at his video titled What does it mean to be ‘productive’ at work.

Fri 22 May 2020, 13:25 | Tags: Media Online Industry

Free Online Course. Explore Filmmaking: from Script to Screen

Learn from award-winning filmmakers how films go from script to screen with this film production course from the BFI Film Academy.

Fri 01 May 2020, 11:54 | Tags: Student Undergraduate Online Education Industry