Sharjah Performing Arts Academy (SPAA) is an independent academy established by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, to address a growing demand in Sharjah and the region for formal quality education and professional training in the performing arts. SPAA is the only UK model conservatoire in the region, offering quality undergraduate programmes taught in English.  The new purpose-built Academy comprising 2 theatres, construction, prop making and paint workshops, CAD suite, costume making and wardrobe, TV studios, rehearsal studios, library, café and gym. The first cohort of students began in September 2019. 

SPAA is inviting applications for the position of Lead Sound Tutor. This pivotal position is important for the continued successful establishment and development of the Academy and is an exciting opportunity to be part of the creation of a performing arts academy in a progressive and culturally supportive region of the Middle East. 

Sharjah Performing Arts Academy specialises in preparing graduates for work in the international professional performing arts industry. The faculty are professionals some of whom have teaching qualifications and others are highly experienced experts in their field. The focus of the Academy is vocational rather than academic and much of the work is practical. The most important outcome of the courses is placing graduates in professional work and the Academy’s reputation will be built on the extraordinary success of its graduates. The Facilities for teaching and training students must remain world class and be fit for purpose. There is a high expectation that the work environment functions effectively and efficiently to minimise distraction for the core objectives of the Academy.
 
Reporting to the Programme Leader Production Arts of the Academy, The Sound Tutor shall execute the following tasks and responsibilities: 
• Leadership and training of students on the production arts courses in professional theatre and event sound and relevant technologies. 
• Contributing to the Academy’s commitment to the continuous raising of standards in the training of students for careers in the arts and entertainment industry and development of new technologies. 
• Maintaining the professional currency of the training in theatre sound and new technologies through contact with the industry, for both staff development and to maintain a professional currency of the curriculum. 
 
Training and Tuition
• Developing the sound syllabus for the BA and Post Graduate Production Arts Programme. 
• Teaching all Undergrad and Postgrad sound syllabus.
• Supervision and guidance of students fulfilling a sound role on Academy productions and projects, working with external creatives and the Academy Production Manager and sound technician.  
• Assessment of students fulfilling a sound role on Academy productions and projects. 
 
Productions 
• Close liaison with other departments, in particular those relating to production. 
• Maintaining and communicating to other departments a schedule of the Production Department’s activities. 
• Other related technical duties that may arise as a member of the Production Arts Programme Team.

Finance
• To manage spending and reconciliation of any budget designated. 
• To research and propose any capital expenditure to keep in line with current industry developments. 
 
Health and Safety 
• To engage with relevant Health and Safety training regarding the teaching and delivery of sound and it’s technology. 
• To be familiar with, and comply with current Health and Safety regulations relevant to the industry. 
• To ensure that personnel and students adhere to safe working practices. 
 
Salary and benefits
Competitive tax free salary and packages commensurate with the qualifications and relevant experience of the successful candidate.
 
Applications
For more information or to discuss this post further please contact: production@spaa.ae
All applications, including a CV and cover letter, should refer to the position title and should be sent via email to: production@spaa.ae

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