In his role as Dean of Performance, Simon Betts is leading the development of a new vision of theatre and performance at Wimbledon College of Arts.
This work will see the portfolio and campus evolve to become an integrated performance environment where the performative, technical, design and stage management students can come together to create thought-provoking, groundbreaking new work.
His own multi-disciplinary background is evident in Wimbledon’s aim to deliver courses that will allow students to become technically competent, visually articulate and good collaborators, working with a range of digital and analogue technologies and materials.
Betts also leads the development of a new international 'network' of performance academies and schools, with the aims of interrogating current approaches to teaching performance, and developing new and innovative methods and approaches.
He chaired the Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL organising group of the exhibition Evolving Design for Performance, a joint project with The National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing, held there in 2015. This exhibition showcased the work of up to 50 scenographers, designers and theatre makers from 13 countries from across Europe.
His recent research projects include a cross-disciplinary drawing, science and contemporary dance workshop with surgeon Mr Neil Shah, and students from MA Choreography, Trinity Laban, London.
Performance courses at Wimbledon.
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Camberwell.