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Key Partnerships

Internally - Drama staff work closely with a number of other University research centres and departments, including:

  • Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (CEDAR)

Collaborations include work on the evaluation of the DADA Awards; equity and access to training in the performing arts industry and evaluation the impact of interventions designed to raise aspirations in targeted populations.

  • Institute for Employment Research

Work on surveying and valuing graduate destinations in the performing arts labour markets and work commissioned by the Sector Skill Councils for audio/visual industries (SkillSet) and the creative and cultural industries (CCSkills).

  • National Academy for Gifted and Talented Education (NAGTY)

Dr. Jonothan Neelands currently seconded as Deputy Director of Research and consultant for Talented youth. Oversight of RSC Summer Schools for NAGTY.

  • Centre for Cultural Policy

Developing a shared doctoral seminar programme and supervision of doctoral students registered in the Centre whose research interests coincide with strengths of drama tutors in the Institute

  • CAPITAL (Creativity and Performance in Teaching and Learning)

Prior experiences of collaboration between drama and the RSC were an important part of the successful bid to HEFCE for this new Centre of Excellence. Drama staff now actively involved in accrediting CPD offered by the RSC and providing research support and supervision. (Click here for photos of RSC actor's workshop.)

Externally - Staff in the drama group are actively involved as board members, consultants and steering group members with the following external organisations:

  • Artis Performing Arts Education
  • Bamboozle Theatre Company
  • Birmingham Rep
  • British Council Expert Database
  • Classworks Theatre Projects
  • Council for Dance Education and Training
  • Creative Partnerships (Birmingham, Coventry and Leicester)
  • Dance and Drama Awards National Steering Group
  • Devon Educational Development Services
  • Globe Theatre Education
  • National Council for Drama Training (Research and Development Ctte)
  • Royal National Theatre
  • Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Solihull Educational Development Services
  • The Playhouse (TiE)
  • Warwickshire Educational Development Services

In addition, staff in the drama group have close working relationships through master classes and lecture series with the following:

  • New York University
  • University of Victoria, B.C.
  • University of Melbourne
  • National Institute of Education, Singapore
  • Hong Kong Academy for the Arts
  • Oslo School for the Arts

The drama group has national and international reputations as practitioners and workshop leaders, recent work includes (2005-2006)

  • Denmark - Danish Drama Teacher's Association - November 2005
  • Norway - Norwegian drama teachers conference - February 2006
  • Japan - Union of Actors in Children's Theatre (Jiyenku) and ASSITEJ Japan - March 2006 (photos)
  • China - Guangdong Experimental High School, Hong Kong Art School, Shenzhen University, Sichuan - April 2006 (photos)
  • New York City - Masterclasses for New Victory Theatre - April 2006
  • Singapore - May 2006
  • Iceland - Icelandic association for teaching of drama - September 2006