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Senior Lecturer Technical Theatre University of Huddersfield 2005-present
Course Leader BA(Hons) Technical Theatre
Previous Educational Posts
Senior Lecturer Oldham College 1988-2005
Organising Tutor: PG Diploma in Theatre Studies University College, Cardiff (1986-1988)
Technical Tutor (P/T): as above (1979-1986)
Manager, Grange Arts Centre (April, 1993 - May 1997)
Arena Manager: Sherman Theatre, UCC. (1985-1986)
Technical Manager: as above (1983-1985)
Chief Electrician/Lighting Designer: as above (1973-1983)
Lighting Technician: Glyndebourne Opera (1973)
Stage Manager: Opera for All (1972-1973)
Electrician: Welsh National Opera (1971-1972)
From 1973-1988: freelance lighting design and freelance technical management with various companies and at various venues eg all major venues in Wales, Edinburgh Festival, Wembley Conference Centre.
Professional Member of the Assoc. of Lighting Designers
Using online learning techniques to aid student learning
Creation of small help packages which involve students in creative activities as a learning mode: see http://web.me.com/meic.watkins/Audacity_-_Creating_Soundscapes/Introduction.html
My doctoral thesis will examine the nature and roots of creativity in scenographic design – my main current research examines performances and evaluates the scenographic creativity they demonstrate and then investigates this and creativity in general through conversations with the creatives involved in making the piece.
Watkins, M (2015) ‘Creativity, Scenographers and the Director Facilitator or Smotherer? - A Case Study from a Regional Rep Theatre’. In: Theatre and Performance Conference 2015, 19th and 20th June 2015, University of Central Lancashire, UK
External assessor for the in-house training scheme at the Oldham Coliseum
I continue to maintain contact with practitioners and companies in the industry and have been successful in involving them in the design and delivery of new, industry valid curricula, for example the involvement of the Oldham Coliseum and Peshkar Theatre Company in the design and delivery of both Foundation degrees and the BA in Technical Theatre
MA by Research in Scenography – practice as research.
Currently supervising a candidate investigating the uses of immersive semi-naturalistic scenography and another who is working on the creation of an installation that is easily portable and can be set up within an Edinburgh Fringe changeover deadline.
Course Leader BA in Technical Theatre
Technical Theatre in general at undergraduate level, in particular lighting design and stage and production management.
Course and main module leader for BA in technical theatre