Staff Profile: Professor Kathy Dacre

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  • Professor Kathy Dacre

  • Position:

    Director of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum Development

  • Teaching Area:

    BA (Hons) American Theatre Arts.  MA Ensemble Theatre; MA in Theatre for Young Audiences; Postgraduate Cert. in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Theatre and the Performing Arts.

  • Qualifications:

    PhD; MA in Drama and Theatre Arts; BA (Hons) English.

  • Memberships:

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; Fellow of Royal Society of Arts. Member of The Society for Theatre Research.

  • Professional Practice:

    Member of Academic Advisory Group developing 'A' level qualifications: Drama and Theatre Arts, Pearson Education, 2012-14; Steering Group Member, Arts Council, British Sign Language, Technical Theatre Project, 2012-14. External Panel Member for Programme Monitoring, Royal Scottish Conservatoire 2013-2014. Member of HEA Advisory Group for Dance, Drama and Music. Trustee, Shakespeare North Trust, 2010-14


Professor Kathy Dacre is Director of Learning, Teaching  and Curriculum Development. She has taught performing arts for over thirty years in conservatoire colleges in both the USA and the UK, including New York University, Vassar College, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the University of London. Kathy was a Senior Lecturer at the The Royal Central School for 15 years and came to Rose Bruford College as a Principal Lecturer in 1998.

Kathy’s expertise is in curriculum design for the performing arts and she has devised and developed over 25 drama-related degree programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has recently led research projects on Teaching Stanislavski  and on Reflecting on Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts and co-edited Stanislavski on Stage. She sits on advisory groups for ‘A’ level curricula, the Higher Education Academy, Arts Council projects and HE institutions in the UK and abroad. Her other areas of research include Shakespearean performance practice, American and European Theatre Arts. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • Designing a Festival Curriculum: Allowing students to plot their learning outcomes across a horizontal curriculum in the performing arts  HEA Arts & Humanities Conference. Glasgow.2012 with Prof. Nesta Jones.
  • Project director, Reflecting on Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts, (Open educational resource, funded by JISC and the HEA, 2012)
  • Teaching Stanislavski, online publication, (HEA, 2010) 
  • Into the Scene and its impact on inclusive performance training. Research in Drama Education Vol.14 No 1 2009
  • Stanislavski on Stage , edited by Kathy Dacre and Paul Fryer. Rose Bruford College in association with The National Theatre. 2008