The MA in Theatre & Development Studies introduces students to the major concerns of contemporary development theory and practice and to contemporary community-based theatre, focusing on Theatre for Development, Theatre of the Oppressed and Theatre In Education. The aim is equip students to work in the area of development arts in the UK and internationally.
12 months full-time
School of English - The Workshop Theatre
The School of English in the University of Leeds is one of the country’s largest and most dynamic English departments. It was given the highest possible rating of 5*A in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, and its teaching has also been assessed as ‘excellent’.
The Workshop Theatre is an important constituent part of the School, with its own lecturing and technical support staff. In addition it is able to draw on expertise of colleagues within the School, in other Departments in the University, and from further afield, including profitable contact with the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Its facilities include a well-equipped studio theatre, a smaller proscenium theatre, two flexible ‘black box’ rehearsal spaces, a wardrobe and fully equipped building workshop. Newest provision is a state-of-the-art theatre design suite.
The MA in Theatre Studies is the longest running drama MA in the country, and has a long history of attracting international as well as UK students.
The WT has a strong commitment to exploring theatre through theory and practice, and most of its staff are professional practitioners as well as academics. Current research and teaching focuses primarily on international perspectives provided by particular expertise in African, French and American theatre. The WT places particular emphasis on developmental and community-based approaches.
The Centre for Development Studies attracts large numbers of international and UK students for a range of MA and research programmes. Most staff work as professional consultants to government and development agencies, and the Centre has particular interests in development in Asia and Africa, focusing on poverty reduction, governance, rural development and gender.
The MA programme admits a maximum of 10 students per year in order to maximise opportunities for practical work and to maintain a high standard of staff-student interaction.
What you study
-Uses of Theatre, 30 credits
-Issues and Theories in Development, 30 credits
-Making Theatre in the Community, 15 credits
-Option choice (theatre or development), 30 credits
-Choice of one from a range of topics
-Dissertation, 60 credits
-‘Making Theatre in the Community’ allows students to design and deliver 3-4 workshops with a suitable institution e.g. school, theatre organisation, youth club, prison etc.
-‘Uses of Theatre’ introduces students to Theatre for Development, Theatre for the Oppressed and Theatre In Education. Workshops and seminars. Also a production with a professional practitioner after Christmas.
-‘Issues and Theories in Development’ introduces students to contemporary thinking in development practice. seminars and lectures.
-‘Option’. Students choose an optional module from the range of theatre and development options.
-‘Dissertation’. Students agree dissertation topics with staff and receive regular supervision in developing their writing.