Staff Profile: Mark Simpson, Programme Director

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  • Mark Simpson, Programme Director

  • Position:

    Programme Director

  • Teaching Area:

    Stage and Events Management, Employability, Professional Preparation and International Practice

  • Qualifications:

    MA in Theatre Practices; Post Graduate Cert. in Higher Education: Theatre and the Performing Arts; Diploma in Stage Management

  • Memberships:

    Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Member of the Stage Management Association, ABTT and PLASA.

  • Professional Practice:

    Mark brings experience of working in a wide variety of performance genres, including Opera, Ballet, Theatre, Events and Music to his work as an educator, keeping abreast of developments and maintaining links across the sector. He also champions the development of digital technology as both a management tool and a platform for effective blended learning.

  • External Duties:

    External examiner, Theatre Production, GSA (University of Surrey) 2016-20. External Examiner, Stage Management and Technical Theatre, RADA (Kings College London) 2018-22.


Mark Simpson has been a Stage Manager and Company Manager for a variety of companies and venues including the Royal Opera, the Royal Ballet, Garsington Opera and the Barbican Centre and has done a great deal of touring, both in the UK and abroad, with spells in London’s West End. 

Mark started lecturing at Rose Bruford College in 2008. Since then, he has kept in touch with industry contacts and worked with both British Youth Opera and Music Theatre Wales as Company Manager. He has also lectured at the University of Kent and more recently worked closely with the Royal Shakespeare Company on their Open Stages initiative, running skills exchange workshops up and down the country.

Leading a major research project for the College, looking at the embedding of employability within the curriculum, his work was published by the Higher Education Academy in 2015 and now informs the delivery of Professional Preparation across the School of DMTA.

Passionate about exploring the fusion between creativity and technology, Mark is also conducting research into collaboration in the performing arts, creative relationships and the management of the creative process.