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31st August 2010, 4:56pm
Stage set for new Head of Performing Arts at Lincoln
Dr Mark OThomas Playwright, translator and former channel director for BBC Television, Dr Mark O'Thomas, has been appointed as the new Head of Performing Arts at the University of Lincoln.

Mark, whose own work has been produced internationally from New York to Sao Paulo, has a clear vision for the future direction of the School which places enhancing the students’ experience as a key priority.

"We will be moving towards a more studio-centred approach to teaching and research and developing a new range of practice-based MAs," said Mark, who joins Lincoln from the University of East London, where he was Director of the Institute for Performing Arts Development.

"We will be looking to make undergraduate students' work more outward-focused – that means more site specific performances out in the community, as well as collaborations and partnerships with other organisations. We will also be aiming to build more international student exchanges."

The Lincoln School of Performing Arts is based in the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) on the University's Brayford Pool campus. The £6m building, which opened in 2007, has a 450-seat theatre, backstage facilities, studio spaces and seminar rooms.

A new Artistic Director will be appointed later this year to oversee the LPAC's programme of public performances, which is likely to see a convergence between student and professional productions.

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