Dr Gus Gowland - Programme Leader
Dr Gus Gowland is an award-winning writer/composer. His first musical 'Pieces of String' was The Stage's Best Regional Musical of the year and was nominated for the UK Theatre Best Musical Production award. Gus won The Stage Debut Award for Best Composer/Lyricist, and was nominated for the Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Musical Theatre Bookwriting. He has worked extensively as a workshop leader, and acting and performance coach at all levels: from beginners to professionals, primary school to postgraduate. He has taught at several universities and conservatoires, focusing on both practical, vocational teaching and critical and contextual lectures.Academic Staff List
We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
Students can work and perform in the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, a £6 million, 450-seat theatre on campus. The Centre hosts a year-round programme of performances from students and national touring companies. Facilities include industry-standard studio and rehearsal spaces.
Each student will receive event/performance credits which can be used against ticketed performances at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.
There is the choice of undertaking a ‘placement’ or ‘teaching’ module in the second year, which gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in industry or a school setting.
Students are expected to source their own placement, but tutors can provide support during the process if required. Those who choose these options are expected to cover their travel, accommodation, and general living costs.
The course is run by an award-winning musical theatre writer and delivered by a team that has experience working in the industry all over the world, from the West End and Hollywood. We share a passion for performing and for musical theatre in all its forms.
At Lincoln, we offer the opportunity to work on brand new material and receive guest tuition from workshop leaders with a whole host of West End shows to their name. We love watching musicals almost as much as we like performing them and so there are trips to see shows (these sometimes have additional costs).
We also have a monthly 'watchalong' where we can enjoy a musical screening together (online or in-person) and a weekly 'musical mailout' full of interesting musical theatre videos and fun facts.
Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview-audition, providing an opportunity to see our facilities and meet the course team.
By meeting you in person we get to know more about your musical interests, experiences and aspirations, and you get to meet the team that may soon be teaching you. This will give you an opportunity to experience how the course is taught through -
- Online group workshop (divided between a practical vocal session and a critical and contextual discussion)
- Online interview
We also ask that you send us a video of you singing a song of your choice.
The BA (Hons) Musical Theatre degree aims to equip students with the confidence, knowledge, and industry skills to pursue a freelance career in the theatre or to form small-scale touring companies. Those completing the course are well-placed for roles across the wider cultural industries.
The best way to find out what it is really like to live and learn at Lincoln is to join us for one of our Open Days. Visiting us in person is important and will help you to get a real feel for what it might be like to study here.Book Your Place
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This degree puts innovative performance and rigorous scholarship at centre stage to help prepare students for a range of careers.
An industry-focused degree for musicians looking to develop their skills as performers, composers, and collaborators.
At Lincoln, we strive to make sure our student experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. That is why, in response to the issues presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been prioritising face-to-face teaching sessions for our new and returning students in areas where they are the most valuable, such as seminars, tutorials, workshops, and lab and practical sessions. Additional online opportunities have been introduced where they support learning and have been shown to be successful and popular with our current students.
Safety remains a key focus. We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance makes this necessary, and we will endeavour to keep current and prospective students informed. For more information about how we are working to keep our community safe, please visit our coronavirus web pages.