Sarah McCourt

February 2013 to April 2013

Performance and Interpretation

University of Exeter

Second year undergraduate module exploring research methodologies and their application to performance.

October 2011 to January 2013

Staging the Text

Exeter University
This 2nd year undergraduate module convened by Martin Harvey introduced students to approaches to interpreting, rehearsing and performing plays written in the 1980's.  I supervised students through researching, interpreting and staging Howard Brenton's Greenland, Caryl Churchill's Fen, Jim Cartwright's Road and Howard Barker's The Castle

October 2011 to January 2013

Directing and Interpretive Acting

Exeter University
Graduate Teaching Assistant
These two 3rd year undergraduate modules, convened by director Martin Harvey, enabled students to develop directing or acting skills appropriate to a range of texts through exploring three pieces of work: a monologue, a duologue, and a site-specific performance. 

August 2011 to August 2011

Shakespeare and his World Summer School

Exeter University
Developed and led a workshop exploring approaches to adapting 'All's Well that Ends Well' for international summer school students.

January 2011 to April 2011

Research and Performance

Exeter University
First year Drama undergraduate module.
Convened by Dr Anna Harpin, each module tutor designed and delivered a term length project based on their own research which resulted in a student devised performance and two essays, one about an area of the research that interested each student and one reflecting on their application of their research to the performance.
Using my research into adaptations of Shakespeare, I focussed my delivery on recent adaptations of Hamlet. The research element considered cultural and historical constructions of Shakespeare and his work in relation to notions of authorship and authority and explored the effects of these on the reception of performances as interpretations or adaptations. Practical workshops explored a wide range of adaptation forms, exploring the adaptive potential of performance and production techniques.  The module concluded with an adaptation of Tom Stoppard's Fifteen Minute Hamlet, titled For Thy Love.

January 2010 to April 2010

Pretexts and Contexts of Drama 2

Exeter University
Graduate Teaching Assistant
The module, convened by Dr Pieter Pieter Verstraete, introduced 1st year Drama undergraduates to analysis of, and key methodological approaches to, performance.

October 2009 to December 2009

Pretexts and Contexts of Drama 1

Exeter University
Graduate Teaching Assistant
The module, convened by Dr Jane Milling, introduced 1st year Drama undergraduates to analysis of, and key theoretical approaches to, performance.

August 2008

Part Time A' Level Drama Teacher

Richard Huish Sixth Form College, Somerset

April 2005 to May 2006

Head of Performing Arts and Media

City College, Plymouth
Responsible for managing courses in Performing Arts, Music, Music Technology, Media and Art & Design.

September 2003 to April 2005

Deputy Head of Team: Creative Arts and Design

Strode College, Somerset
Responsible for managing Performing Arts, Music and Media Courses.

August 1998 to September 2003

Subject Leader: Drama

Strode College, Somerset
Subject Leader for A' Level Drama, Course Manager and Personal Tutor for First Diploma in Performing Arts (1998-2001) and National Diploma (2002-4). Also taught A' Level Media Studies, National Diploma in Media Production, National Award in Acting and prepared students for Trinity College Acting Exams.

August 1997 to August 1998

Lecturer in Performing Arts and Media

Runshaw College, Leyland
Teaching A' Level Theatre Studies, Performing Arts and GNVQ (Advanced) Performing Arts and Media (Production and Communication).  Personal Tutor.  Prepared students for LAMDA Acting exams and ran the College Magazine, Runshaw Livewire.