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 the UAE and MENA region for formal quality education and professional training in the performing arts sector. SPAA is the only performing arts conservatoire in the MENA region, offering quality undergraduate and graduate degree programmes taught in English. The purpose-built Academy comprises one 432 seat theatre, two fully equipped studio performance spaces, TV/recording studios, twelve sprung rehearsal studios, 12 singing tutorial spaces, a resource library, gymnasium and cafe.

Sharjah Performing Arts Academy specialises in training graduates for work in the international professional performing arts industry. The faculty working at SPAA are highly experienced practitioners within their respective fields. The focus of the Academy is practical rather than academic. The central value for a SPAA graduate is arming them with the highest levels of practical skills for their field and giving them the tools to be able to successfully generate their own work or practice.

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Current Vacancies

Programme Supervisor Performance Design: Set and Costume
The Programme Supervisor Performance Design (Set and Costume) at Sharjah Performing Arts Academy is a full-time, postgraduate teaching position. Responsibilities include supervising MFA students in the Set and Costume Design concentration, teaching design skills, serving as the designer for SPAA productions, and overseeing student designers. Maintaining safe practices, managing courses, and leading a team are crucial. Extensive experience, successful course leadership, and research potential are required. Collaboration with other programmes and faculty is key. The role reports to the Programme Leader Postgraduate Studies and may contribute to all programmes' design needs. Research, scholarship, teaching, and service are expected, along with local, national, and international engagement.
Programme Supervisor: Producing
This full-time position at Sharjah Performing Arts Academy focuses on teaching and supervising the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre and Live Performance Creation: Producing. You'll mentor students, teach producing skills, produce SPAA shows, and oversee student producers. Ensuring safe practices, managing courses, budgets, and teams are also key. Extensive producing experience, a proven track record in course leadership, and research potential are required. You'll collaborate with other departments and contribute to the program's success.