David Broster


Head of School of Arts

Head of School

Contact Details

email: d.broster@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 85 5292

David Broster's background is in both university teaching and professional practice in theatre, television, film and radio, in which fields he worked for ten years as a director, writer and actor. His teaching reflects this broad experience and he works across the disciplines of Drama, Film and Screenwriting.

He was formerly External Examiner for BA (Hons) Performing Arts at the University of Chichester and is currently External Examiner for a new Masters programme in Theatre for Young Audiences at Rose Bruford College, London. His research interests are predominantly in theatre and film for young people. He has presented at relevant academic conferences regionally, nationally and in mainland Europe and South America, exploring such issues as the value of theatre and drama in an educational context, children's interaction with live theatre and ideology, and the aesthetics of theatre for young audiences.

Recently published work includes From the Magic Carpet to the Kitchen Sink and Reflections through a Looking Glass, both through ASSITEJ. He is currently developing a book on Children's Film, and a Critical Reader for Screenwriting. David is a member of professional organisations including British Actors Equity Association, Directors Guild of Great Britain, Writers Guild of Great Britain, ASSITEJ (International Association for Theatre for Children and Young People) and ITYARN (International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network).

Teaching & Research

Practice as Research

Magic Attic Theatre productions for the Worcester Childrens Storytelling Festival staged in the University of Worcester Drama Studio:

2008:Behind the Barricades

2007:The Caretakers

2006:Bombs and Bicycles

2005:Granny Twiddles Emporium of Wonderful Things

Conference Papers

Waking the Page. Childrens Literature and its Impact upon Improving Writing Skills, The Courtyard Education Conference, 26th January, 2010

Were You There? An exploration of the interaction between theatre and young audiences. Theatre for a Young Audience in the UK, University of Westminster, 16th July 2010

From the Magic Carpet to the Kitchen Sink. Taboo Topics in Theatre for Children and Young People, 1st International Theatre for Children and Young People Researchers and Critics Forum, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 19th 25th July, 2010

Reflections through a Looking Glass TYA, Culture, Society, 2nd ITYARN Conference, Malmo, Sweden, 20th May, 2011

Professional Bodies

British Actors Equity Association

Directors Guild of Great Britain

Writers Guild of Great Britain ASSITEJ (International Association for Theatre for Children and Young People)

ITYARN (International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network)


From the Magic Carpet to the Kitchen Sink, pub. ASSITEJ Spain, January 2011 in English and Spanish

Were You There? An Exploration of the Interaction between Theatre and Young Audiences. For publication University of Westminster, 2011 Reflections through a Looking Glass in TYA, Culture, Society Professor Manon van de Water (ed), pub. ASSITEJ International, 2011


1000 word contextual essay for the 17th World Congress and Festival of ASSITEJ International programme, Copenhagen, Denmark, 20th -25th May, 2011

External Responsibilities

2011-External Examiner, MA Theatre for Young Audiences, Rose Bruford College

2005-2009-External Examiner, BA (Hons) Performing Arts, University of Chichester