Mr David Edmund Taylor BA Hons Theatre & Music / MA Actor and Stage
Programme Director & Academy Manager
Tel: 029 2049 3139 / Ext 5092
The Programme Director & Academy Manager plays an important role in coordinating a programmes that are appealing, yet challenging, for those studying at the Wales International Academy of Voice (WIAV) thereby boosting the students’ academic performance.
Supporting it’s Artistic Director Dennis O’Neill and Head of Music Jane Samuel to establish WIAV as the best opera school in the country. I work alongside him to continue to raise the profile of the centre of excellence within Wales, across the UK and internationally, working with the media, major opera venues across the World where WIAV alumni perform.
Liaising with colleagues and other departments within the University and other external partners to enhance our programmes at WIAV and to most importamtly enhance the students experience within the University.
- BA Hons Theatre & Music (2:1)
- MA Actor and Stage (Disctinction)
I have taught at High School, English, Welsh & Drama. FE in a Performing Arts Department and at HE Level - Theatre in Performance, and Theatre History. I am currently Studying my PGCHE.
I have built a 18 year, UK wide career in creating, managing and performing in complex, award-winning theatrical and musical productions, and creating accompanying educational activities and resources for the benefit of students, young people and their communities.
Most recently, I have been co-ordinating a new BA Performance Course for University of Wales Trinity Saint David, using my professional experience to motivate and encourage students to maximise their potential as artists.
I have established a track record and reputation for applying a commercial mindset whilst fully appreciating the challenges of social and political environments. A fluent Welsh speaker, my experience spans public and private sectors.
I am well versed in managing highly complex projects and activity within political environments for a range of stakeholders. For example, at ImpAct Universal I worked with Lancashire County Council to develop and deliver a Year 9 options show, emphasising the different education and career paths available in the county. On paper, the brief was straightforward. However, as there are 14 different districts within the county, there were 14 different clients, and 14 different educational agendas. This was a complex project to manage, that lasted 5 months.
While working for EdComs marketing and communications agency specialising in education, I wrote, directed and tour managed a schools production of The Mystery of Dragon Castle for the Food Standards Agency, which won four EVCOM Industry Awards.
When touring the show, we visited over 400 schools over a 2 year period – the majority of schools in Wales’ most disadvantaged areas.
I am of course delighted that the quality of the work delivered for the Food Standards Agency has been recognised by independent external awards. However, what ultimately inspires me is the feedback from teachers and children themselves, which proves that this form of learning does have an impact:
“We have a pupil in year 5 who’s autistic, and finds it almost impossible to sit through assemblies. We usually have to take him out after a little while, but today he sat through the whole show, and was totally engaged the whole time. I can’t wait to tell his parents, they will be so pleased.”
SEN Teacher, Greenhill Primary School