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MA Acting Company

This MA provides each student with an opportunity to develop or reinvigorate themselves as an actor and create work for touring. Working in companies, students learn how to take charge of their professional journey and become self-sustaining, by creating public performances adaptable to different venues and circumstances.

This course provides a thorough one-year professional experience of working in and developing work for touring and finding audiences. LIPA aims to give students the means and the confidence by the end of the year to create, find an audience and present a captivating show. Along the way, students work as a year group to produce two performances before, possibly, becoming a smaller company. Each student’s acting craft skills will increase, as will the thinking needed to create shows that attract audiences.

Students experiment, innovate and get to grips with contemporary approaches, including digital possibilities to extend their range of presentational skills. LIPA also puts students together with emerging directors and practitioners. Finally, students become part of a company to find out if what they imagined might work, actually does.

Course Overview

This course is studied over 12 months and supports each student’s further development as an actor and advances their professional practice. Practical modules enhance technical capabilities in body, movement and voice. Students work as part of a company and continue to refine their individual methodology to engage with advanced texts and originate new and adapted work for public audiences. Students develop an advanced understanding of the complex ideas and economies that surround the making of theatre and apply this understanding to their own work.

The year culminates with students applying the knowledge and skills gained to create and present a new touring production as a graduate company, with the backing of a £1,000 grant per company member to do so. Students have 12 to 15 contact hours per week outside of the professional practice / rehearsal periods when they will be working full-time on these. Students are expected to work autonomously in the third semester but with supervision.

General information on fees and funding is available here.

Course Modules

The modules offered are:

·        Professional Development

·        Inquiry & Critique I

·        The Actor’s Practice: Advanced Technique I

·        The Actor’s Practice: Professional Performance I

·        Professional Development, Inquiry & Critique II

·        The Actor’s Practice: Advanced Technique II

·        The Actor’s Practice: Professional Performance II,

·        Dissertation (Option),

·        Practice Dissertation (Option)

LIPA’s teaching team is made up of an international team of professionals, who have worked as actors, directors, musical directors, producers, writers and expert movement, voice and acting coaches.

In their various capacities, the team have collaborated with such actors as Anna Friel and Tim Roth, writers and producers (who include Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Terry Johnson and Phil Redmond) and have directed TV dramas, such as Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Brookside.

LIPA has links with leading acting companies, which mean that they are able to contribute essential skills. Students Also have access to regular Q&As, masterclasses and workshops with household-name actors, casting directors, reviewers and producers.

Find out more about LIPA here.


Visit the MA Acting Company page on the The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts website for more details!

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