Making theatre work: entrepreneurship and professional practice in theatre higher education

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    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationLancaster
    PublisherThe Higher Education Academy
    ISBN (Print)9781907207174
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Bibliographical note

    Author's note: This is the first detailed research into the integration of entrepreneurship and enterprise education into the curriculum and teaching of theatre courses across the UK. It involved the first nationwide survey of theatre enterprise education, certainly in the English-speaking world. The work therefore has the potential to influence curriculum design and delivery across the theatre education sector in this country and possibly abroad. It has been disseminated in the UK through PALATINE (the Performing Arts sector Learning and Teaching Support Network) and the Higher Education Academy. The project was designed to fill an important need for a detailed examination of the ways in which curriculum design was already and might in the future contribute to the need to prepare theatre graduates for employment and business start-up.
    The Making Theatre Work publication presents the results of a project to survey and analyse entrepreneurship and enterprise education in theatre courses within the UK. Invitations to engage in the survey were sent to over 140 institutions offering courses in theatre. Of these over 40 detailed responses were received. The survey responses were then analysed in relation to the nature, quantity and timing of relevant educational activities. Out of the respondents, six institutions were chosen as case studies for a more detailed examination. The case studies were all visited by the author. The case studies included institutions in Northern Ireland (Queens University Belfast) and Wales (Swansea Metropolitan University), as well as a mix of new and old Universities (Coventry, Bath Spa, Lancaster, and Leeds).


    • theatre
    • higher education
    • entrepreneurship
    • professional practice
    • performing arts

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