Shaun Aquilina

Lecturer, Musical Theatre

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Creative Industries

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Musical Theatre

Courses taught: Musical Theatre

Shaun Aquilina is a Lecturer in Musical Theatre. He specialises in directing and teaching singing. His book, Musical Theatre for the Female Voice: The Sensation, Sound, and Science of Singing, is published by Routledge.

shaun.aquilina@aru.ac.uk

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Background

Shaun began performing at the age of 13 when he joined the West End cast of Oliver! He later moved to opera, training at the Royal Academy of Music (MA), and performing with companies such as Opera Holland Park and Northern Ireland Opera. He is a member of the Professional Singers’ Scheme with the Philharmonia Chorus and has toured the UK, Spain and Germany.

Before joining ARU, Shaun taught singing at the Guildford School of Acting (GSA), ArtsEducational, Laine Theatre Arts, Bath Spa University, Brunel University, and Winchester University. His students have gone on to perform in West End productions such as Mamma Mia, as principals, covers, and chorus.

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research interests

  • Singing Technique and Expression
  • Performance Excellence
  • Education Theory
  • Leadership

Teaching

Shaun currently teaches on the modules:

  • Book Musical
  • Directing
  • Tech Skills 1 and Showcase
  • Tech Skills 2

Qualifications

  • MA in Singing, Royal Academy of Music
  • MA in Higher Education (Leadership), University of Surrey (currently studying)
  • Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, University of Surrey
  • Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM) in Teaching Singing

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Performance Grade examiner for ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)

Selected recent publications

Aquilina, S., 2022. Musical Theatre for the Female Voice: The Sensation, Sound, and Science of Singing (Abingdon: Routledge).