We continue to develop state of the art facilities which will greatly enhance your learning experience. Our state-of-the-art performing arts and learning centre; the Performance Hub, opened in 2011 and is the home for all of our performance courses. The Performance Hub features five performance studios with high-end audio-visual equipment and semi-sprung floors that are ideal for rehearsals and small performances. Our 108 seat Black Box Theatre is one of the most technically advanced small theatres in the country and is ideal for a range of performing arts activities. There are also several music rehearsal rooms, two Mac labs running Pro Tools, Logic and Sibelius software, and two fully equipped recording studios. Additionally, the university is proud to be an All Steinway School and home to 17 Steinway pianos, five of which are in rehearsal studio spaces.
We are a thriving department of research-active academics in musical theatre, and teaching is research-led. Course staff include Dr. Sarah Whitfield, Dr. James Lovelock and Dr. Sarah Browne. Research specialisms include: gender and racial politics in musical theatre of the 1960s, the film musical and the female spectator, subsidised revivals of the American canon, queer theory, reception theory, contemporary musicals and masculinity, the British musical. We have presented our research nationally and internationally at leading conferences in the field, and our recent research outputs include:
Whitfield, S. (ed.) (2019) Re-framing the Musical: Race, Culture and Identity. Palgrave Macmillan/Macmillan Education.
Whitfield, S. (2018) Boublil and Schönberg’s Les Miserables. Routledge.
Whitfield, S. (2016) “‘Next You’re Franklin Shepard Inc.?’: Composing the Broadway Musical, a Study of Kurt Weill’s Working Practices.” Studies in Musical Theatre, 10(2), pp. 163–76. doi:10.1386/smt.10.2.163_1
Browne, S. (2017) The Last Five Years: Medium, Mode and the Male Gaze in Rodosthenous, G. (ed). Twenty First Century Musicals: From Stage to Screen. Routledge
Browne, S. (2015) 'Everybody's Free to Fail: subsidised British revivals of the American canon', In: Gordon R; Jubin O (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical. Oxford University Press.
Lovelock, J.M. (2014) ‘Using the Klein sexual orientation grid in sociological studies’,
Journal of Bisexuality, 14(3-4), pp. 457–467. doi: 10.1080/15299716.2014.946197.
The member of academic staff who leads this course is Dr. Mat Dalgleish.