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Head of Acting – Permanent

Job Title: Head of Acting – Permanent

Department: Acting

Responsible to: The Principal

Wage: Dependant on experience

Start date: August/September 2023, but would consider a January 2024 start depending on


Emil Dale Academy is a pioneering musical theatre college. Our courses are at the forefront

of performing arts training in the UK, offering high contact hours, industry professional

teachers and highly intensive, triple-threat musical theatre training to people from all over

the world.

We believe people should have the right to train regardless of their financial background.

We prepare students for progression into the industry.

Students are encouraged to grow into intelligent performers with an aim to make a

sustainable living in the performing arts. Making choices about their own progression and

personal development will prepare them for the future, as well as for forging a career in the



Emil Dale Academy is dedicated to providing world class intensive, triple-threat training to

the next generation of leading performers.


Our vision is for accessible, superior quality training, delivered by industry professionals, led

by innovation and excellence at the core of everything we do.

Superior quality: Working towards industry standard required training across all disciplines

of singing, dance and acting.

Innovation: Encouraging students to create challenging work in collaboration with musical

directors, directors, choreographers and leading practitioners.

Excellence: Nurturing students to grow into intelligent industry-ready performers who can

make a sustainable living in the performing arts.


- Oversee all facets of the Acting Department and provide strong leadership

- Undertake teaching and constant review of student development

- Seek out and employ appropriately qualified, experienced staff and working professionals

- Manage staff hired to complete duties within the Acting Department

- Work closely with other Heads of Departments, Principal, and Deputy Principal to ensure a

cohesive delivery of all elements of musical theatre across all courses

- Ensure qualification-specific curriculum requirements are met in the relevant classes and

actively contribute to the development and improvement of class content,

- Seek diverse and appropriate material and scripts

- Review the delivery and standards of the Acting Department, including staff observations

and training, and implementing changes and improvements

- Ensuring assessments are carried out with rigour and integrity

- Provide detailed and effective student feedback in line with curriculum and overall strategy

- Participate on the acting panel for auditions, provide staff and review all virtual audition


- Represent the department and faculty at key events including productions, projects, and

ceremonies which includes watching and/or working at in-house productions, public-facing

productions, showcases and agent day

- Demonstrate flexibility and the ability to reprioritise objectives in line with the school’s

changing needs

- Promote and represent Emil Dale Academy both internally and externally

- To ensure the highest levels of quality, integrity and ethics in all work undertaken within

the Acting Department.

- To engender a culture of excellence, co-operation, and respect both within and beyond the


The primary role of EDA’s Acting Department is to provide first-class Acting training to the

students, appropriate to their age and background.

Acting faculty are required to exercise discretion, empathy, and professionalism in all

dealings with students and subsequently staff.


- Highly motivated with dedication to the end goal of delivering exceptional teaching

- Strong organisational skills

- Strategic thinker, able to plan and implement decisions

- Enthusiastic, approachable, and flexible

- Ability to identify and progress work priorities

- Excellent verbal and written communication skills

- Excellent interpersonal skills with proven ability to work collaboratively

- Ability to motivate staff members and students


The above accountabilities are not exhaustive and may vary without changing the character

of the job or level of responsibility.

The above duties may involve having access to information of a confidential nature that may

be covered by the Data Protection Act. Confidentiality must be maintained at all times.

- Work within the company’s established policies and practices including equal

opportunities, safeguarding, artistic and social policies.

- The post holder must be flexible to ensure that the operational needs of the Company are

met. This includes undertaking duties of a similar nature and responsibility as and when


- All Employees are expected to take positive action to promote Equal Opportunities in all

aspects of the work of Emil Dale Academy.

- The Health and Safety at Work Act and other associated legislation places responsibility for

the Health and Safety of all employees. Therefore, it is the post holder’s responsibility to

take reasonable care for the Health, Safety and Welfare of themselves and other employees

in accordance with legislation and the Company’s Health and Safety Policy.

- Act as an informed ambassador for the company’s work.

- To act always in the interests of Emil Dale Academy.

- To be responsible for the confidential and professional administration of Emil Dale


Person Specification - Experience

- Experience in teaching and assessing in further education and or higher education

- Working in a performing arts environment

- Experience in managing educational correspondence relating to quality assurance


- Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral

- Experience of working under own initiative and as part of a team to identify and resolve


- Strong attention to detail

- Excellent organisational capabilities

- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to deal appropriately with a wide variety of

people in a confident and friendly manner

- Excellent time management

- Tactful, diplomatic and assertive in dealing with challenging situations

- Excellent interpersonal skills

- A high level of written and spoken English

- DBS Check

Qualifications / Training Required

At least a degree level qualification in associated subject (Desirable)

A detailed knowledge and understanding of musical theatre and technical dance teaching

Several years of professional experience in teaching

Safeguarding, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and Prevent training (Desirable)

Terms and Conditions

- Competitive salary with generous holiday, starting salary to be agreed.

- This is a full-time job with some (limited) evening and weekend work. The normal hours of

work will be 40 per week excluding meal breaks, working Monday to Friday between the

hours of 7:30am to 5:00pm (to be agreed). The post-holder will be expected to offer

reasonable flexibility in their working arrangements where it is considered necessary to

undertake the duties they have been employed to perform, and in the interest of their role

and the business needs.

- There is a 3-month probation period during which time the notice is 2 weeks.

- After confirmation of appointment after successful probationary period, the employee is

required to give 1 full term written notice, and the company will give 1 full term written


- Emil Dale Academy staff handbook outlines the terms on sick pay, maternity leave/pay,

paternity leave/pay, grievance/discipline and all other relevant staff matters.

- Emil Dale Academy operates an auto enrolment pension scheme.

On appointment the successful candidate must be able to provide the correct documents as

proof of their right to work in the UK.

Email your CV and a covering letter to

Emil Dale Academy strongly encourage people of colour to apply for our roles. Emil Dale

Academy endorses the goals of diversity, inclusion, and the principles of equal opportunity

for all students and staff. We are committed to equal treatment regardless of race, sex,

disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, special education needs (‘SEN’), gender

reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, and pregnancy or maternity (‘protected


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The audition fee for all courses is £37 and is non-refundable. This is a one-off fee payable upon applying and covers the cost of the workshops and panel auditions, as well as any recall auditions if required.

Emil Dale Academy is dedicated to widening participation within the industry and has set up an Audition Fee Waiver Scheme to encourage applications from talented candidates who are deterred from applying by financial barriers.

Please view our Audition Fee Waiver Scheme Policy to find out if you are eligible to apply for a scheme, and to find out how to apply.

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