The MA in Theatre Studies emphasises workshop- and performance-based exploration of a variety of theatre practices as a means for further developing students’ critical awareness and practical abilities. The course aims to provide students with the opportunity to collaborate with fellow theatre-makers from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, inviting them to work together for an academic year, testing their practice against a framework of academic research, within a space that foregrounds performance process as the basis for any serious study of the discipline.
Full-time only, 12 months
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
-Research Methods and Bibliography 15 credits
-Dissertation 45 credits
-Theatre Practice One 30 credits
-Theatre Practice Two 30 credits
-Two option choices out of the following:
-(30 credits each)
-Performance Art: Between Acting and Activism
-Stage Lighting Design: Theory and Practice
-Uses of Theatre
-‘Research Methods and Bibliography’ prepares students for dissertation and essay writing.
-‘Theatre Practice One’ is made up of two staff led productions, one devised and one text-based. All students participate in both productions. There are also weekly performance workshops.
-‘Option One’: weekly 2-hour sessions on the subject selected for study (see list above).
-‘Dissertation’. Students agree dissertation topics with staff and receive regular supervision in developing their writing.
-‘Theatre Practice Two’. Each student must play a major part in at least two productions. Productions are organised and led by students under staff supervision.
-‘Option Two’. As for Option One.