TaPRA fosters the creation and ongoing activities of working groups that address specific areas of research through and into theatre and performance. The groups are intended to be inclusive, to allow for creative synergies and to cut across institutional, disciplinary and cultural/geographic boundaries.
Each Work Group has one or two coordinators who self-identify as prospective leaders of the group and are confirmed in role by the Executive Committee. The role of coordinator(s) will normally rotate on a biennial basis. The coordinators are responsible for ensuring that the respective group works in accordance with the overriding purpose, interests and formal rubrics of TaPRA. The coordinator/s will represent the group’s activities and research outcomes where appropriate at the annual conference and the AGM.
Subject to the provision, above, each group manages its own communications and arranges its own schedule of activities during the year. Work Groups are obliged to report on their activities annually to the association via the AGM.
The life-cycle of each group is not pre-determined. Groups may form and disperse according to the interests and energies of members.
The Membership Secretary & Work Group Coordinator will keep a record of groups currently in operation, with contact details of coordinator/s.
Guidelines for TaPRA Working Groups
Working groups may be proposed by members of TaPRA at any time in accord with the following guidelines:
- Two members from different HE institutions is the minimum needed to make a proposal for a Work Group.
- Proposals in the first instance must be submitted to the Working Group Co-ordinator(s) on the Executive Committee.
- Proposals should consist of a short Work Group Mission Statement, an explanation of Working Methods, and a statement of likely Membership.
- The Executive Committee Work Group Co-ordinators initially will advise the proposers on the next best step. For example: if the proposal is not clear in any respect, to ask for clarification; if there is significant overlap with existing groups, to recommend contact with the convenors of those groups; etc.
- Following 4 above, the proposal will be considered for provisional approval by the Executive Committee.
- If provisionally approved, the proposers will circulate details of the proposed group to the TaPRA membership and, potentially, more widely to assess interest and consider development of the proposal.
- The proposal will be reconsidered by the Executive Committee following 6 above, provided the proposers have recruited a minimum of ten potential members to the group.
- If approved by the Executive Committee, the proposers may call an Inaugural Meeting of the working group at the next Annual Conference, provided at least seven members can attend.
- If the Work Group is successfully established through an Inaugural Meeting, at the following year’s Annual Conference (and subsequent conferences) at least one of its sessions will be open to participation from all TaPRA members.
- Exceptionally, if the proposers of a new working group can guarantee twelve members attending at the Annual Conference then the group may hold a full set of meetings, in which case at least one of its sessions in this and subsequent conferences will be open to participation from all TaPRA members.
- Brief reports on the work of Working Groups will be submitted to the AGM during the Annual Conference and following it to the Executive Committee in each year.
- Following the Annual Conference each year, the progress of all Working Groups will be reviewed by the Executive Committee.