Video: Diverse City
Performance Innovations Placement
Module code: APP002N
Module Leader: Claire Hodgson
The placement module will involve working in a team of peers in the delivery of a performing arts project for a particular client. Clients will include organisations working with diverse groups and will come from across London. Clients will set projects and student teams will present a proposal to that client. If successful that team will then deliver that project. Teams will be able to bid for more than one project. Through the self reflexive work undertaken in the practice module teams will be formed of students with complementary skills. The work will be client led to reflect the reality of the contemporary arts scene. An example would be running an outreach programme for a well known venue or creating a community performance for a London Borough. Students will be encouraged to bring their skills as artists to a project and the module will focus on developing them as applied practitioners.
The module will address technology and business as it applies to the applied performance sector. Student teams will be supported to create project websites where participants can blog, evaluate and contribute to the project.There will be a focus on how to obtain work and how to sustain relationships with clients/partners.
The module will examine how an arts company develops streams of earnt income to make it sustainable outside of funding structures. They will explore the entrepreneurial possibilities of working with diverse participants and with a range of clients. An example would be creating an arts participation package for the probation service.
The module aims to give a sound training in working with diverse groups and using diverse arts practices to do so. Students will be supported to feel comfortable in a number of environments. They will also work directly with high profile partners across London delivering cutting edge projects that reflect the very best of applied practice.
The assessment of the practical placement experience will take place in an oral presentation by the student. Presentation Deadline: date to be decided.
They will give evidence of strategies used in response to the client brief, and refer to the written portfolio and on-line activities.
The written portfolio of approximately 2,500 word length which may contain:
- Written project proposal for clients
- Detailed project plan
- Detailed session evaluations by both artists and participants
- Notes from action learning sets
- Structured reflections on expert witness sessions.
- Online project presence : website, social networking site and an example of a podcast or video clips
Portfolio Deadline: to be decided.
The delivery of this module will cross spring and summer terms.
Select Reading List
Baim, Clark, Sally Brookes & Alun Mountford 2002 The Geese Theatre handbook: drama with offenders and people at risk, Waterside Press
Boal, A. 1995 The Rainbow of Desire: the Boal method of theatre and therapy, Routledge, UK
Haedicke, S. and Tobin Nelhaus, eds 2001 Performing democracy: international perspectives on urban community-based performance, University of Michigan Press
Jackson, T. ed. 1993 Learning through theatre: new perspectives on Theatre in Education, Routledge, UK
Kuppers, P. and Robertson, G. 2007 The Community Theatre Reader, Routledge UK
Justine C. Law, James J. Baderman 2006 Everyday Legends: The Ordinary People Changing Our World, the Stories of 20 Great UK Social Entrepreneurs, What if
Somers, J. ed. 1996 Drama and theatre in education, Captus University publishers
Taylor, P. 2003 Applied Theatre: creating transformative encounters, Heinemann
Ashoka UK – www.ashoka.org/unitedkingdom
Changemakers – www.changemakers.org.uk
Community Action Network – www.can-online.org.uk
Blogs / Other
Exceptional Lives blog – www.exceptional-lives.blogspot.com
Social Catalyst blog – www.socialcatalyst.co.uk
Social Edge (blogs + resources) – www.socialedge.org
Social Innovation Conversations – www.siconversations.org