Collaborative Theatre with Local Communities in Coventry: Models for Sustainable Practice

Collaborative Theatre with Local Communities in Coventry: Models for Sustainable Practice

Eligibility: UK/EU/International graduates with the required entry requirements

Reasons for eligibility restriction: Funder requirement

Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 1 May 2020

Interview date: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2020

For further details contact: Emma Meehan

About the project

This doctoral research project examines the practices, processes and production of collaborative theatre making with local communities; primarily focusing on initiatives that develop creative activities into public performance works.

The Belgrade Theatre forms the basis for the study, with its historical work in Theatre in Education and vibrant community theatre programmes, but the findings of the research will have broader application. 

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The candidate will explore how a professional organisation and community participants work together in long term partnership, creating innovative theatre as well as the potential for social change.

It is a timely opportunity to produce longitudinal research inspired by the Belgrade’s seminal approaches, during its contribution to Coventry City of Culture 2021 and as it seeks to build sustainable plans for the years afterwards.

Funding details

Applications are for full single studentships, which includes tuition fees and living expenses for a doctoral candidate over 3.5 years. Stipend rates are set by UKRI and will rise annually with a projected average increase of 1.25% per year. Coventry University fees are also adjusted yearly in line with the rates set by UKRI.


The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities. 

The candidate will benefit from having 3 supervisors in the areas of performing arts and community practice. Collaboration with the Belgrade will aid in accessing materials for research.

Additional supports include:

  • Academic writing guidance from supervisors and Centre for Academic Writing at Coventry University.
  • Practice research: peer group led by PhD students; supervisor and staff expertise at CDaRE.
  • Reading groups, symposia and journals at CDaRE which candidates can contribute to.
  • Ethical research from C-DaRE ethics leads.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
  • A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
  • Background in performing arts.
  • Interest in work in arts practice in the community.
  • Capacity to be in commuting distance from Coventry.

How to apply

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

The statement should include project title, research questions, aims and objectives, literature review, relevance to the professional/academic field, methodology, work plan and expected outcomes.

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