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Giles Auckland-Lewis
Principal

Giles Auckland-Lewis has had an arts and education career lasting over 30 years. He was first employed to work as a professional stage manager at 16 having gained experience through two years with the UK’s National Youth Theatre. At 23, having worked in stage management and technical roles with The Royal Ballet, BBC TV, Kent Opera, Rambert Dance Theatre and many others (including his own theatre company), Giles went to University to read History of Art. Upon graduation he was recruited as a lecturer in Art and Media Theory at a further education college. After two years he joined Cumbria Institute of the Arts, one of the UK leading higher education arts institutions, initially as Head of Media and Performing Arts, and latterly as Director of the School of Critical Studies – in this role he joined the Board of Directors of the Institute. 

In 2001 Giles was recruited by Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) (found in part by Sir Paul McCartney) as Director of Higher Education, a job he held for eight years. In his academic career Giles has created over 40 different degree programmes at both BA and MA levels, advised Arts institution in the UK, USA, Spain, Greece, France and Germany, and been on the senior management team of two specialist arts Institutions. His students have gone to produce for the BBC TV, write for prominent television programmes, manage international artists, star on Broadway and London’s West End, perform in Oscar and BAFTA winning film, achieve number 1 music hits across the world, and much more.