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Dr Steven Sparling

Teaching staff, BA and MA Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre

A headshot of Dr Steven Sparling a white man with white hair and a short beard, wearing glasses


Dr Steven Sparling is teaching BA and MA Musical Theatre, including the Creative Entrepreneur and Developing a Portfolio modules, as well as supervision for research projects.

Steven comes to Trinity Laban after being Head of Department for Creative Industries at Kingston School of Art, Kingston University and the Course Leader for Musical Theatre at the London College of Music, University of West London as well as teaching courses, guest lecturing and delivering masterclasses in Canada, Holland, Lithuania and South Africa.

He was also the Associate Executive Director of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. As a performer his credits include Scrooge (West End – Palladium and multiple tours), Doctor Dolittle (UK Tour), Flora the Red Menace (All Star Productions – Landor), 13 Days (Grimeborn Festival – Arcola Theatre) as well as many concerts, cabarets, operas, film and TV. Recordings include Dracula and an album of Sondheim duets, It Takes Two.

Steven is the founder of The Thriving Creative offering business and marketing training and coaching for creatives. He’s published in academic journals (Journal of Arts Entrepreneurship Education, Journal of Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance) and in the press (The Stage, Drama Student Magazine) and is writing a book for Routledge on freelancing the creative economy.

He holds a PhD in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship from Goldsmiths, University of London and is a certified Mindfulness Teacher (UK College of Mindfulness Meditation).