Portrait of  Meic Watkins Meic Watkins

m.k.watkins@hud.ac.uk | 01484 478467



Biography

Current Position

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)

 

Professional Experience

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

 

Research and Scholarship

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.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2015

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

Esteem

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

 

Research Degree Supervision

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.

Administrative Responsibilities

Course Leader BA in Technical Theatre

Teaching and Professional Activities

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