Head of Acting, Guildhall School of Music & Drama


Guildhall School of Music and Drama, is a world leading specialist Performing Arts Conservatoire, investing in the artists of today and tomorrow.

Guildhall School is a vibrant, international community of young musicians, actors and production artists in the heart of the City of London. Rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework and ranked as the UK’s top conservatoire in the Guardian University Guide 2019 for Music, the School is a global leader of creative and professional practice, which promotes innovation, experiment and research, with over 1,000 students in higher education, drawn from nearly 60 countries around the world. 

Our acting programmes are highly regarded in the industry for the thoroughness of their audition processes and the passion, quality and rigour of the teaching. The programmes are renowned for their combined focus on craft training, care and attention to individual student development, and the strong ensemble ethic shared by staff and students. The Head of Acting is the Programme Leader for the BA Honours in Acting and the MA in Acting. Each has a distinguished list of graduates. Both programmes are three years, full-time. The MA is specifically designed for students who already hold an undergraduate degree and want a full, professional training in acting.

We are seeking an inspirational individual to take up the post of Head of Acting who will lead on the creation, management and delivery of the highest quality actor training at one of the most exciting Performing Arts Conservatoires in the world.

It is a significant time to be joining Guildhall. 2019 saw the arrival of Orla O’Loughlin as Vice principal and Director of Drama bringing with her an ambition to reimagine what Acting Training in the 21st century can be.

You will provide vision and leadership, maintaining high standards of teaching whilst driving change and innovation in response to the rapidly changing arts industry.

You will have both significant professional industry and educational experience.

Closing date: noon 30 April 2019.

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